Our History

Founded in 1976 in Cardiff Docks by Messrs Mann, Handley, Davies and Lynch, Roperhurst spent the first 25 years of its life in a building from the Victorian era in Collingdon Road.

In 1991, when Cardiff was upgrading its docklands to what is now Cardiff Bay, Collingdon Road was scheduled for demolition and the company took the opportunity to move to Barry.

Under Graham Handley’s leadership, the company  established itself as a major player in the UK plastic fabrication market.  Graham himself had chaired the HVCA’s technical committee which published DW154 in 2000, the UK Specification for Plastics Ductwork.

In 2008, Graham Handley, the last of the four founders, retired. It is a testament to Graham’s leadership that the last job he managed for the company say a team of six sent to Melbourne Australia for a month to carry out specialist repairs to a pickle line in the steelworks.  Roperhurst had reached well beyond his original ambitions.

In 2015, following a sustained period of growth the company relocated again.  This time it remained within Barry, but moved to premises more than double in size, which allowed for investment in leading edge plastic fabrication technology, including a 4m butt welding machine, a CNC machine, a multi-wire hot line bender, as well as providing a modern environment for its growing workforce.

The investment in scale and technology meant that Roperhurst could take on more challenging projects, moving us away from many companies we might previously have considered competitors.

Roperhurst’s involvement with HVCA (now BESA) continued.  Bob Lane was Chairman of the UK ductwork group which published the revision to DW144, the UK Specification for Sheet Metal Ductwork, in 2013, and Phillipe de Wilde was part of the technical committee which published in 2020 TR/40 A guide to good practice for local exhaust ventilation.

Our Reputation

The opinions of our customers matter more than anything.  For that reason, we are delighted to share some of what they have said about us:

“Having worked in the Pharma industry for over 30 years I have seen many who purport to be ‘specialists’, but fail to deliver.

Your Team, those who attended to quote as well as those who carried out the job, gave us the right quotation, came and did the right job, in the right time, with no complaints or problems.

It can be difficult to work in this environment, but they were aware enough to know that it was a GMP site and took all of the appropriate actions before, during, and after completing the work.

We will work together again.”

John C, Porton Biopharma (PVC ductwork project)

The project was particularly challenging to all involved.  What impressed me most with Roperhurst, aside from the high standards of workmanship, attention to Health & Safety, and professional approach, was their positive response to the challenges we all faced.  It is through their flexibility and perseverance that we managed to get a successful outcome, and personally I cannot give them enough credit for their valued assistance.”

John U, Whitehead Building Services (PPs ductwork project)

“Roperhurst has just finished the LEV. Can you please pass on to them what great service we had. Another good contractor we are pleased with.”

Carol, Facilities Management Group (LEV COSHH Testing)

“Roperhurst Limited has been involved in supporting Hardide Coatings Limited’s manufacturing operations ever since we started production in 2003. The fabricated scrubber systems are integral to our coating operations and as key process plant we demand efficient and reliable performance. Roperhurst have proven themselves to be a knowledgeable, helpful, prompt and professional service support to our manufacturing operations here in the UK and in our USA manufacturing plant. They are and I am sure will continue to be a valued supplier to our company.”

Steve G, Hardide Coatings Limited (Fabrication, installation and servicing projects)

“Roperhurst have supplied Doncasters Blaenavon, an aircraft components manufacturer with a wide range of services for over 15 years, from acid process tanks and scrubbers to ductwork installations and repairs in a wide assortment of materials. The services that I have received have been excellent. Timings, Budgets, Quality requirements have consistently met my expectations. The engineers attending site are well equipped and always adhere to health and safety requirements. Communication and documentation is to a professional and timely manner. I have no doubt in recommending Roperhurst as our preferred supplier.”

Colin S, Doncasters Blaenavon Limited (Fabrication, installation and servicing projects)

“Attended site a short notice, well organised, excellent site management, achieved the programme dates, provided all supporting calculations.”

Neil C, Bouygues UK (PPs Ductwork Project)

Contact us

If you are looking for a plastic solution, you’re in the right place. Our team will be happy to assist with your enquiry.

+44 (0) 1446 732555