About Us

Marlborough Highways

About us

Marlborough Highways is an established, independent and dynamic civil engineering company with 30 years of industry experience and expertise in public realm, regeneration and infrastructure projects.

We’ve built our business around the needs of our clients, and we deliver complete full-service solutions for surfacing, highway maintenance, road marking, traffic management, street lighting and infrastructure projects.

We work with Councils, Local Authorities and Contractors in London, Essex, Cambridgeshire and the South East, delivering pioneering multi-million-pound trials and rollouts for large programmes and phased schemes through to smaller one-off projects.

We have a 30-year track record of consistently excellent client satisfaction scores for our end-to-end solutions which is testament to our core values – to provide clients with more personal client relationships and better customer care.

Marlborough Highways

Our Vision

The people that people want to work with.

Marlborough Highways

Our Mission

To sustainably grow and develop a market leading, diversified and fully comprehensive service in environmental and transport infrastructure.

Marlborough Highways

Our Values

Professional: we work to maintain our excellent track record, and continue to develop our industry leading expertise.

Supportive: we foster an environment of collaboration, empowerment, and a culture of shared success.

Flexible: we are an open, responsive and resilient organisation.

Trustworthy: we instil a culture of trust and honesty throughout all aspects of our work.

We are proud to have a zero employment barrier policy and welcome job applications from the disabled, the long-term unemployed and priority groups.

Marlborough Highways

Our History


Marlborough was founded in 1992 by John Woolf, our chairman, who wanted to provide more personal client relationships and better customer care.


In 2001, McDonald was formed to provide street lighting and highways maintenance services across Essex. Over the following two decades the Marlborough and McDonald businesses worked tirelessly to build capabilities and offer complete in-house service.


By 2007, our workforce had increased ten-fold, we had pioneered inhouse training and won our first Investors in People Award.


In 2008, we secured a £10.5 million contract for infrastructure work in East London and a few years later became Essex County Councils biggest tier 1 supply chain partner.


In 2013, Marlborough and McDonalds aligned their business processes to provide integrated expertise and in 2015 consolidated to become Marlborough McDonald.


Between 2015-2017 we won £70 million contract with Southend-on-Sea and re-won all our original term contracts. We also secured a number of new long-term contracts in London and the South.


We opened our brand-new headquarters in Chelmsford, Essex, investing £4 million. The custom-built premises took just over 12 months to complete.


We were awarded Investors in People Silver in 2018 demonstrating our commitment to high performance through good people management.


Our core services include road surfacing, reactive maintenance, highway maintenance, highway engineering, surface treatments, winter maintenance, bridge installation, structure maintenance, cliff stabilisation, gully cleansing, traffic management, street lighting, emergency calls outs, road marking, and urban redevelopment.

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