Our Story

The Building Product Design story goes back to the 1930s when the Willan Group was officially formed in Sale, Greater Manchester. Here is a timeline showing how we have grown as a specialist building products manufacturer since that time.


Willan Group founded by Robert William Willan. The family interest in property building goes back to the late 1880’s.


Willan Building Services created and the brand names Glidevale and Passivent introduced to promote and sell natural ventilation products and systems.


Acquisition of Kingfisher Louvre Systems Ltd, a manufacturer of aluminium weather louvres and solar shading systems.


Acquisition of Z Led (dpc) Ltd a manufacturer of cavity Trays and Metrobuild products which manufactured barrel vault rooflights.


Protect roofing and construction membrane range launched.


Following the above acquisitions a new company encompassing all of the above brands was created called Building Product Design Limited.


Acquisition of Dependable Packs including the manufacturing factory in Merthyr Tydfil.


Richmond GMbh is set up to distribute products throughout Europe.


The business was acquired by Wienerberger Ltd, the UK’s leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping innovations.


Glidevale and Protect Membranes brands brought together to create Glidevale Protect, a specialist building products business specialising in roofing and construction.