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  • Safety
  • Excellence
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K W Bell Group & Bell Contracting

Mission: Innovating the provision of groundworks & civil engineering services
Purpose: Supporting the housebuilding industry to construct much needed housing
Vision: We are inspiring people to make construction and Bell Contracting THE career choice


Welcome to Bell Contracting, the specialised Contracting Division within the K W Bell Group. Our roots trace back to 1965 when our founder, Keith Bell, established a group of companies. Nestled in the heart of The Forest Of Dean, our headquarters is located in Cinderford.

With a history spanning over half a century, Bell Contracting’s journey began with Keith Bell’s humble beginnings as a solitary bricklayer. Over the ensuing decades, our services diversified, propelling us to the forefront of groundwork and civil engineering in the house building industry. In fact, we are proud to have earned a place in The Sunday Times Profit Track 2019 league table. As the longest-standing member of the KW Bell Group, Bell Contracting is not only a pioneer but also the largest, boasting an impressive annual turnover of approximately £50 million.

Our reach extends across the South West of England and South Wales, where we collaborate with a diverse client base, including five of the top ten house builders in the UK. Today, Bell Contracting is home to a workforce of nearly 500 highly skilled professionals, and our scale enables us to simultaneously manage up to 30 contracts.

Always investing in people and technology

Bell Contracting has been dedicated to a substantial investment totalling nearly £5 million, focusing on an exciting blend of cutting-edge technologies, innovative methodologies, and the UK’s first industry-led construction school. One of our notable investments includes,  £1.4 million co investment into AccXel Construction School, and over £800,000 in state-of-the-art satellite 3D modelling excavator control systems.


GOLD Award Winners – Constructing Futures

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Four Generations of a Family Legacy

The Forest of Dean has been home to the Bell family’s construction legacy for over half a century, spanning four…

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K W Bell Group co-funds the UK First Industry-led construction School

AccXel was co-funded by the UK Government, GFirst LEP and K W Bell Group. The school was established to tackle…

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Vacuum Excavation – Safe digging

Bell Contracting adds a brand new SUPER Vacuum excavator to the fleet for safer digging practices. Vacuum excavation allows ground…

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Bell Contracting places £2m JCB order

The Gloucestershire-based groundworks and civil engineering contractor has bought 12 of the new 14-tonne X Series models in addition to…

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50 Years!

Family business still going strong! There was something a little bit extra special about the end of year Christmas party…

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Twenty two cabbed dumpers added to fleet

K W Bell Group now hosts an impressive fleet of 22 cabbed dumpers to improve safety on site. With designated…

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Biometric Technology

Now on every site – Biometrics Signing in and out  Bell Contracting have the latest technology on every site to…

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Site Managers graduate their Skill STEP 5 and achieve their NVQ Level 6

Congratulations to our Site Managers, Daine Bradley, Steve Owen, Luke O’Driscoll and Paul Page -Brown on successfully completing their 12-…

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Barratt Homes Development- Award Winner

Incredible News! We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded Contractor of the Year by Barratt Homes, one of…

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Celebrating 50 years in business with JCB

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Our Values

At Bell Contracting Ltd we strive to exceed the expectations of our customers, through excellence in safety, quality and customer service.

Safety – Safety is paramount. We are committed to ensuring the safety of each and every person on site through example and innovation.

Excellence – Quality is at the core of all our processes and is never compromised.

True Partnership Working – Working collaboratively and developing long-term relationships with all our clients.

Commitment – To our people, our customers and the environment.

The Bell Contracting Team

Why not contact one of our team today to see how they can help you.

Pete Bell

Managing Director

Jason Bell

Finance Director

Steve Jelf

Regional Director (Central)

Dave Thomas

Regional Build Director (Wales)

Jason Coopey

Regional Build Director (Central)

Nicola (Bell) Bird

Safety and Business Development Director

Mark Hobbs

Procurement Director

Matt Brooks

Regional Commercial Director (Wales)

Paul Coles

Regional Commercial Director (Central)

Some fun facts (in the last 12 months)

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Plot Foundations Built

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Linear meters of plastic underground pipe laid

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Easy base manholes installed

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Members of staff employed, including 35 apprentices

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Invested into R&D


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Colin Cole

Chief Executive

Lioncourt Homes Ltd

Bell Contracting have provided me with exemplary groundwork support throughout the 33 years that I have been involved in the housebuilding business. Initially in my role as a director of Westbury plc, Bells provided a vast array of groundwork solutions over a number of sites and throughout a wide geographical area. In more recent times, with the establishment of Lioncourt Homes in 2006, Bells have become an integral part of the success of the business by providing innovative and cost saving groundwork solutions. It has been this close working relationship over the past 33 years that gives me the ability and confidence to give Bell Contracting such a well informed and positive recommendation.

Chris King

Managing Director

Kier Living Homes

Kier have worked closely with Bell Contracting for almost ten years. During that time they have successfully completed Groundworks and infrastructure on a series of complex residential developments in regeneration environments. What sets Bell Contracting apart is their willingness to work with all stakeholders to deliver the most practical and efficient solutions to these challenges and value engineer design solutions to their clients’ benefit. Their flexibility and can-do approach to the inevitable problems that occur on site from time to time make them a pleasure to do business with and a breath of fresh air.
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Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental ill health and stress are associated with many of the leading causes of disease and disability in our society. Promoting and protecting the mental wellbeing of the workforce is important for individuals’ physical health, social wellbeing and productivity.

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