During the 1970s, the introduction of natural gas pipelines in the UK and Ireland was amongst one of the greatest infrastructure achievements. The result truly resonated with the company’s mission to improve life by building world-class infrastructure.
The 1970s also saw the start of the company’s involvement in national rail reconstruction projects, first with British Rail and continuing today with Network Rail.
Building and property development, for both the private and public sectors, became a major part of the business during this period.
Murphy established a close working relationship with Thames Water after its creation in 1974. They are a valued client that enjoy a successful business relationship with Murphy to this day.
Background image: Angel Underground Station modernisation
In 1994, Murphy started work on the London water ring main, constructing two major sections of this extensive and essential infrastructure project.
The company won the coveted British Construction Industry award in the civil engineering category, for achievements on this project.
As a result of the long standing support of the University College Cork (UCC) department of civil and environmental engineering, a new laboratory was named after John Murphy in 1995 and a plaque was unveiled in 1996.
During the 2000s, the company went from strength to strength, with major projects including upgrading the Blackwall Tunnel and Angel Underground Station upgrades.
The 2010s proved an exciting time for Murphy, the company expanded into Australia, forming Murphy Pipe and Civil, completing its first coal seam gas gathering field in Queensland’s Surat Basin. Our Canadian joint venture, Surerus Murphy (SMJV) was formed, which carries out large-diameter pipeline construction throughout Western Canada for the oil and gas industries.
Following the success of the Channel Tunnel, in 2012 Murphy in joint venture with Hochtief secured contracts working on Crossrail. This included constructing the £250m tunnel section between Plumstead and North Woolwich.
In 2016, Murphy entered a new phase focusing on four main sectors - rail, water, power and natural resources - building on long standing relationships and more than sixty years of experience. The senior leadership team was strengthened and a Ten Year Plan launched to help grow the business up to 2025. Murphy further enhanced its capabilities through acquisitions in 2017 of AECOM in Ireland and subsequently the power sector of Carillion in 2018.
“My Grandfather would be proud of where the business is today. He would challenge us to continue to develop and progress the business but not to lose sight of the importance of profitability, cash, customers and people.”
Murphy owns and operates an extensive fleet of plant and machinery.