The J & J Carter Story

J & J Carter was founded in 1988 and now with over 30 years’ experience in the business, we have built extensive knowledge and a reputable name in the industry.

We owe huge thanks to our dedicated customers and staff for joining us on our journey, whom through them we have built the success of J & J Carter.




  • Founded by John Carter


  • First factory 360m2, in Lion Court in Basingstoke, with 3 employees and first of many Forsström High Frequency Welders.
1990 - 1995

1990 - 1995


  • Introduction of Computer Aided Design and CNC Cutting, which enabled products to be fabricated on a repeated basis with constant accuracy.
  • Introduction of automated Keder manufacture.


  • Charlie Carter joins the family business in Production.
  • J & J Carter’s work appears on national Television, having fabricated the airbags for the Volvo 440 “Airbag included” campaign.


  • Continued investment automated Keder manufacture with High Frequency system.
  • Robert Carter joins the family business in Sales.


1996 - 1997

1996 - 1997


  • Atlanta Olympics – 1728m2 of Pavilions provided within 4 weeks from order for the rowing at Savannah. 


  • J & J Carter win the IFAI Design Award in the Tent Manufacturing Category for clear span Grandstand Roofing system for L H Woodhouse.  Following this, the structure was used in 1997 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Rugby Sevens at Henley Rugby Club and 1997/8 season at Newcastle Falcons.

1998 - 1999



  • J & J Carter become ISO 9001 Registered, recognised for their critical importance of quality customer service and product quality for Design, Manufacture and Installation of Fabric Structures.
  • Introduction of PTFE Welding at J & J Carter, enabling the production of Teflon Coated Membranes which provide design life in excess of 25 years.




  • Sales of Keder to North America commences.
  • Installation of Hospitality Suite at the Nicosia Racecourse, Cyprus.
  • Howden Sewerage Treatment Works Project wins JEC Composites Award for Best reinforced Structure in Europe, and MUTA Project of the Year
  • Standing at 43 metres high, the “Sails of the South” in Portsmouth is manufactured, the most complex tensioned membrane structure in the country to date.
  • The “Superstructure” is designed and manufactured. A state of the art, lightweight tensile structure with 13 modular bays that can be re-configured to meet the requirements of clients.
2001 - 2002

2001 - 2002


  • The membrane canopy spanning the Aberavon Bridge in Port Talbot wins the Institute of Civil Engineers Civic Trust Award.
  • The PTFE membrane structure at West Quay, Southampton wins the Institute of Civil Engineers Award for Small Projects.
  • Existing CNC Plotter is upgraded to 13.5m x 3m 


  • Further investment in automated High Frequency Keder manufacture, enabling annual output of 900 Km.
  • The Parade Ring Structure (1250m2) at Sandown Park Racecourse wins the IFAI International Award of Excellence
  • Following the atrocities of 9-11, J & J Carter supply “Stop & Search” Canopies to U.S Airforce
  • Suppliers to Lonach Highland Games
2003 - 2005

2003 - 2005


  • J & J Carter acquire a steel fabrication business which brings the operation in-house, increasing productivity and quality of the service. 
  • Keder sales to France start.


  • John Carter receives The MUTA Presidents Award, presented by Ian Parkin.
  • Keder sales to Finland start. 


  • Keder increases in popularity. J & J Carter receive an order of 120,000m of Keder from a client in Australia, the largest order ever requested.
  • In a survey, our customers rate J & J Carter’s service rate at 87%.    
  • Following the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, J & J Carter supplies decontamination tents to the area.
2006 - 2007

2006 - 2007


  • J & J Carter build the Blackbrook (Taunton) Indoor Tennis Centre. Opened by LTA Chief Executive Roger Draper.


  • The Lights Theatre Project  is Highly Commended by MUTA as Project of the Year
  • Kilworth House Theatre Project by J & J Carter are the Award Winner of Campaign to Protect Rural England, Leicestershire Property and Construction Awards and Best Structural Design at East Midlands LABC Built in Quality Awards.
  • Introduction of ATEX, a new UK made Membrane material offering lifespan of 25 years plus and the ability to be recycled. First project with this material is delivered at IBM North Harbour.
2008 - 2009

2008 - 2009



  • J & J Carter delivers it’s first cable net structure. The Liverpool Web of Light consumes over 400m of stainless steel cable. Designed by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei and engineered by Arup. 
  • Royal Bank of Trinidad & Tobago commission J & J Carter to design and build their 320m2 5th Floor Roof enclosure. A unique double conic insulated structure is delivered, all made in the U.K


  • J & J Carter’s EcoDam is Patented for it’s unique design. EcoDam is used by the Environment Agency and others in the fight against flooding.




  • J & J Carter provides over 30Km of Oil Spill Boom to the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster, where 42 gallons per day were lost, creating spills some 160 x 32 Km.
  • Silicone Glass makes it’s debut with the construction of the Gatwick North Terminal Interchange. ATEX is used to provide some 800m2 of rain screen Façade.
2011 - 2012

2011 - 2012


  • Following many years of enjoyable expansion at Basingstoke, a new site at Andover is acquired. 1.5 acres with 2500m2 of factory and offices becomes our new home.
  • Finalist of Exporter of the Year at the North Hampshire Inspire Business Awards. 


  • J & J Carter supply Temporary Stables for the London Olympics with L.H Woodhouse
  • IFAI International Achievement Award for “Malls Shopping Centre- Basingstoke, The Malls” project. 
2013 - 2014

2013 - 2014


  • Winner of the Innovation Excellence Award for the North Hampshire Inspire Business Awards for the project “Eco-Dam” 
  • J & J Carter’s first in-house Expo “CARTORIUM” is welcomed.


  • Finalist of Innovation and Technology Award at the Test Valley Business Awards for “Eco-Dam” project.
  • J & J are awarded with CE accreditation by the UKAS accredited body Centre for Assessment. This enables the CE Declaration of Performance certificates for all of our products. 
  • CARTORIUM is delivered again at the factory in Andover.


  • Development and delivery of J & J Carter’s first multi-storey structure KUBE.
  • In order to reduce the environmental impact, J & J Carter switch to renewable solar energy source and form a partnership with Hive Energy- one of the UK’s leading developers of solar energy. 
  • J & J Carter supplies to Rugby World Cup
  • J & J Carter supplies EcoDam to the Environment Agency to assist with the flooding in Yorkshire.


  • EcoDam is exported for the first time to France. Clients include RMT Paris Métro
  • J & J Carter supplies Merchandising Kiosks for Beyoncé's Formation World Tour
  • J & J Carter wins 4000m2 Tensile Roof contract for Sunderland's Beacon of Light Building