50 Years Strong

Today we are excited to announce a momentous milestone for the Natta Group as we celebrate our 50th anniversary! We are beyond proud that Natta Building Company is now in its 50th year of trading!

From Humble Beginnings

The company was started in March 1972 by Chairman John J Whelan. John was born in Listowel, Ireland and learnt the business from the ground up. Starting as a pipe-layer and groundworker, he then traded in a shovel for a JCB.

John moved to Fleet, Hampshire in the mid-60s where he started his own construction company, J J Whelan Esq before forming Natta Building Company.

Natta quickly grew and achieved a reputation for being able to tackle complex groundworks. The company has continued to grow year on year and has become renowned for its innovation and expertise in a variety of sectors.

Over those formative decades, John J Whelan expanded the Natta Group with the formation of Natta Country Homes Ltd and Natta Plant in the 80s.

Expanding the Family Business

Johns’ son, John E Whelan joined the family business in 1992. After many summer holidays working on site, he graduated from university with a BSC Hons in Building Management and Post Grad in Construction Management before becoming part of the Natta team.

Similar to his father, John worked his way up the company whilst developing an in-depth knowledge of construction. He also learnt all the aspects of work required to deliver a successful project.

In 2004, he introduced a construction training business, CISTC, to the Natta group of businesses.  Understanding that one of the keys to success is the need for highly-skilled workers. How best to ensure this, than by training and growing our own talented workforce in-house. John spotted this gap, showing his appreciation of the skills required within the industry to level up in the business. In 2017, The Group built a new award-winning training centre. Based at our Head Office complex, it is our first zero-carbon build.

Following these successes, John formally became Managing Director of Natta Building, Natta Plant and CISTC in 2007.

In Recent Years

The company has been recognised for its industry-leading work over the last decade, winning several coveted awards. This includes ‘Best Independent Living Scheme’ at the Pinders Design Awards for our work at The Hawthorns retirement development in Northampton. We have also received the Gold award at the internationally renowned, RoSPA Health & Safety Awards as well as being awarded ‘Supply Chain Partner of the Year’ by Wates Group last year.

With the company’s continued success, the Natta Group has grown to include the Surrey Training Group, Natta Geo-Environmental, Natta Utilities and Natta Steel.  Over the years, we have continued to enforce our most important site safety message of ‘Safe Home Every Day’. Having now reached over 5,400,000 hours worked without a reportable accident, our first-class safety record is our proudest achievement to date.

The company has grown the size of the projects undertaken as both main and subcontractor. Recently, our projects have included work with clients such as Crest Nicholson, Legal & General, Skanska, St Modwen, Vivid Homes and Wates.

It is an exciting time for Natta as we expand our works into the Modular sector, Data Centre development and the Battery Storage field. Most recently we completed our first in house property development in Cuddesdon, Dove House Park, 

With our robust senior management team and our dedicated and resilient workforce, we are well placed to accelerate our growth and turnover in the coming years. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Natta Group – here’s to the next 50 years!