Terrain history at a glance
This page is dedicated to the illustrious history of the Terrain brand of drainage systems. Read through the time line below to see how it has changed and developed over the years, and how the site we use today in Aylesford has changed.
Albert E Reed & Co established paper manufacturing at Aylesford and provided the breakthrough to create the modern
newspaper by manufacturing special paper able to carry a large number of photographs.
Key Engineering established in Manchester, as an importer of pitch fibre pipe from the USA.
Ralph Reed, Chairman of Reed & Co and son of founder Albert Reed, becomes Paper Controller during World War II,
responsible for the entire country's war effort for this commodity.
Key Engineering approached Reed Group to undertake first UK manufacturing of pitch fibre pipe at Aylesford.
The site at Aylesford had been developed with excellent recreational facilities hosting numerous local and county sports
teams. In 1948 the Finnish Olympic squad based themselves at our site and left a sauna, the first of it's kind in the UK,
as a thank you present.
Key Engineering acquired by Reed Group.
L&P Plastics, specialists in moulded plastic fittings, acquired by the Reed Group.
Reed Group launches first ever range of PVC Rainwater, Soil and Waste systems under the Terrain brand.
The introduction of Terrain Underground, offering the construction industry a total above and below ground plastic
Reed Building Products Group sold to Caradon - Caradon Terrain formed.
Caradon sells plastics business to Geberit - Geberit Terrain formed.
Polypipe acquires Terrain, merging it's commercial sector activities into the Terrain business - Polypipe Terrain formed.
Polypipe named manufacturer of the year at the 2010 Building Awards.
Polypipe becomes one of the first to highlight it's contribution to London 2012 under the Supplier Recognition Scheme.
Polypipe achieves BES 6001 accreditation for the successful management and reduction of the environmental impact
of its entire supply chain.
Polypipe Terrain becomes Polypipe Building Services, opening the door to more, while continuing to provide Terrain commercial drainage systems.
Terrain dB12 is replaced with Terrain Q, a new noise reducing push-fit system.