On the 4th December 1953 PGC (Southampton) Ltd was founded by Mr Alan Permain, Mr Guard and Mr Cameron; hence the initials “PGC”. Mr Guard stayed with the company for only a few months and, sadly, Mr Cameron died a few days later leaving Alan and Eileen Permain as the sole owners. During its early years, PGC carried out residential developments in the Hedge End and West End areas of Southampton, as well as undertaking contracting works in the New Milton area.
In 1961 PGC moved into a purpose built office and joinery workshop located in Common Road, Chandlers Ford. Not long afterwards PGC (Construction) Ltd was incorporated to expand the development side of the business. It developed a number of housing estates in Chandlers Ford, Southampton and Winchester as well as carrying out general contracting work for selected clients. PGC (Southampton) Ltd continued to operate the joinery workshop, producing high quality work for numerous housing projects.
In 1966 PGC (Construction) Ltd acquired C Grace & Sons Ltd, a building company based in Goodworth Clatford, Andover. Graces, as they were called, provided a wide range of construction services, from the supply of tap washers to building a packing station for the John Lewis Partnership on the Leckford Estate. In the 1970’s Graces undertook its first housing development in Andover, to be followed by several more in years to come.
In 1976 Perbury (Builders) Ltd was formed as a joint venture between the Permain and Chamberlayne-Macdonald families. A number of successful developments were undertaken in Ampfield, Boyatt Wood and Chandlers Ford. Following the success of Perbury Builders in the late ‘70s, in 1980 the Perbury Group was formed, creating a much larger business entity. Perbury Group had five principal operating companies; PGC (Construction) Ltd which undertook residential development, A E Jukes & Son Ltd which operated as contractors, Hilldene Developments Ltd which specialised in small works, PGC (Southampton) Ltd which operated the joinery business and Graces operating in the Andover area. Altogether the group had more than 150 direct employees carrying out construction works across the entire spectrum of the industry.
The head office of Perbury Group was initially located in King George’s Ave Southampton, where it was based for about four years. In 1984 some rationalisation took place to focus on the core housing and contracting divisions, which continued to operate successfully. In 1985 the group head office moved to the estate office in Cranbury Park while the joinery operation was relocated to premises at Avenue Rd in Southampton. Throughout the late 1980’s and 1990’s, the group also developed a commercial property investment business, this forms a very small part of the group as the main thrust is in land and residential development.
In 1988 the Perbury Foundation was created as a registered charity with an initial donation of £25,000 from the group. The foundation has been able to support numerous local charities during the last 25 years and will continue to do so in future.
In December 1998 Alan Permain passed away at the age of 79, having always played an active role in the business he had founded 45 years previously.
The year 2000 saw the group move from the estate office to its current premises in Tollgate business park, Chandlers Ford. After more than a quarter of a century of working together, it was agreed that the needs of the Permain and Chamberlayne-Macdonald families would be better met if they went their separate ways. This completed the circle which started back in 1953 and the group was once again wholly owned by the Permain family.
From its offices at Tollgate the group continued to prosper, undertaking several large commercial, industrial, residential and care home developments as well as bringing to fruition the major expansion of Romsey with the Abbotswood development.
The group was well prepared to see its way through the recent recession and is now well placed to take on the challenges of these somewhat uncertain but exciting times. Going forward, Perbury is on course to expand its residential development business, whilst continuing to invest in long and short-term land banks for the future.