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


  • 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


  • 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.
sail canopy

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.


sail canopy


  • 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.
sail canopy

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 an 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
sail canopy

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.
sail canopy andover

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 is 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. The first project with this material is delivered at IBM North Harbour.
temporary buildings

2008 - 2009



  • J & J Carter delivers its 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 its unique design. EcoDam is used by the Environment Agency and others in the fight against flooding.


temporary buildings


  • 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 its debut with the construction of the Gatwick North Terminal Interchange. ATEX is used to provide some 800m2 of rain screen Façade.
temporary buildings basingstoke

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 become 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. 
temporary buildings

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 the 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.
temporary buildings


  • 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.


  • Beacon of Light Tensile Fabric Roof is built with over 4000m2 tensile membrane.
  • Construction of the first FARM250 3 Stage Anaerobic Digester.
  • Civil Engineering works commence at the Andover factory which sees the move of the steelworks factory from the Meon Valley. Some 900 lorry loads of chalk is removed to make way for the new steel works.

2018 - 2019:


  • Founder, John Carter, passes away. He served his industry since the 1950's starting out as an apprentice. Worked on various committees for the greater good of today. He was determined and very proud. His legend lives on and is survived by his wife, Jill, sons Robert and Charlie, and grand-daughters Emily and Isabella.


  • KUBE makes it's debut at the Showman's Show. Demonstrating the modular, multi-storey capability of a unique temporary structure.
  • Manufacture of Tensile Membrane to cover tennis courts in Necker Island.


  • Clear PVC Tensile Roof is built for the Hot House at London Design Festival.
  • J & J Carter respond to the COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic by supporting it's clients with the supply of temporary structures for testing stations, outdoor dining and temporary classrooms.
  • Managing Director, Robert Carter, is admitted to the M.U.T.A Executive Committee.
  • Last of the original founders, Jill Carter, passes away. J & J Carter is now directed by surviving owners Robert and Charlie Carter.