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M J Gleeson
HeadquartersSheffield, South Yorkshire
Key people
Dermot Gleeson, (Chairman)
James Thomson, (CEO)
Stefan Allanson, (CFO)
Revenue£147.2 million (2019)[1]
£ 40.4 million (2019)[1]
£ 5.9 million (2019)[1]
Number of employees
SubsidiariesGleeson Homes, Gleeson Strategic Land

M J Gleeson Group plc founded in 1903 specialises in urban regeneration and land development. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and has public facing divisions, Gleeson Homes and Gleeson Strategic Land.


The business was founded by Michael Joseph Gleeson, the official date given by the company being 1903.[2] Having travelled from Cloonmore, County Galway a small hamlet in the West of Ireland, to Sheffield to find work as a bricklayer. There he joined an Irish family business specialising in housing development and building contracting. A few years later he married his employer's eldest daughter. In due course, he inherited his father-in-law's firm and changed its name to M J Gleeson in 1915.[3]

Michael Gleeson operated as a contractor and a developer in the Sheffield area, and owned cinemas and a racetrack. The firm began taking contracts in southeast England in 1930 and in 1932 Michael sent his nephew John Patrick 'Jack' Gleeson to manage the embryonic housing developments.[3]

Gleeson began with building an estate of some 750 houses in Cheam, followed by smaller estates in Ewell and Sutton, all at the time in Surrey.[4]

During World War II, Gleeson concentrated on the construction of aerodromes for military use, giving it civil engineering capability that was to be its strength after the war. Although the company again undertook housing and property development in 1955, the flotation of 1960 stressed civil engineering contracts which included power stations, sewage works and sea defences.[2]

Like his uncle before him, Jack had no sons and brought in his nephew to succeed him; Dermot Gleeson had been working in the political arena and first joined the Board as a non executive director in 1973; he joined the company full time in 1979, became deputy managing director in 1981 and chief executive in 1988.[5]

The group had been extending its property holdings, and it used the housing recession of 1990, to increase its commitment to private housing. The small quoted company, Colroy, was bought in 1991, followed by the residential business of the Portman Building Society in October 1994.[6]

In 2005, the group made a £18m loss, primarily due to losses in the building division, which was then sold to the management. A strategic review was announced in March 2006. The civil engineering business would be sold (it was bought by the Black & Veatch) as would peripheral businesses; the investment properties would be put up for sale, and traditional speculative housing replaced by urban regeneration.[7]

By the end of the year, the group was concentrating on urban regeneration, residential property management and land trading. However, substantial losses were again incurred in 2008 and 2009; costs were cut and the geographical focus was narrowed to the north of England.[8] Following the departure of CEO Jolyon Harrison, appointed in 2012, James Thomson, former CEO of Keepmoat Homes, was appointed chief executive officer on an interim basis in June 2019.[9]

Gleeson forecast a 45% fall in revenue for the financial year to 30 June 2020, due to the impact of the Covid19 Pandemic in the United Kingdom.[10]


The company has two divisions:[11]

  • Gleeson Regeneration and Homes equally trading as Gleeson Homes (brownfield land in the Midlands and North of England). Gleeson Homes has three divisions, Yorkshire and Midlands, North Eastern and North West with eight area offices in the Midlands, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Tees Valley, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria, Merseyside and Greater Manchester with a head office in Sheffield.
  • Gleeson Strategic Land (options over land in the South of England)

Major projects


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2019" (PDF). M J Gleeson. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b Prospectus 1960
  3. ^ a b Wellings, Fred: Dictionary of British Housebuilders (2006) Troubador. ISBN 978-0-9552965-0-5,
  4. ^ Alan Jackson, Semi-Detached London, 1973
  5. ^ "Dermot Gleeson". MJ Gleeson. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Gleeson posts rise but sees margins under pressure". The Independent. 20 October 1994. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  7. ^ Press statement 31 March 2006
  8. ^ Gleeson accounts 2008-11
  9. ^ Morby, Aaron (10 June 2019). "Gleeson boss quits in boardroom pay row". Construction Enquirer. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  10. ^ Prior, Grant (15 June 2020). "MJ Gleeson braced for turnover to drop by more than £100m". Construction Enquirer. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  11. ^ Group accounts
  12. ^ a b "Gleeson spurns takeover advance". Yorkshire Post. 9 January 2006. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Full circle: Celebrating Hounslow Civic Centre". LCC Municipal. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2020.

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