Our Story

CCP Gransden is a UK-based family business with a rich engineering heritage.

We are constantly advancing, successfully supporting countless projects right through from concept to commercialisation, across a diverse range of ventures.

Over many years we have accrued a significant amount of know-how.

Augustus Warren Hamilton who founded the business in 1894


In 1894 Augustus Warren Hamilton ('Gussie' to his friends) was a young Belfast engineer sailing the North Atlantic with the Ulster Steamship Company. Spurred on to establish his financial security Gussie left his job, returned to his hometown, borrowed money, and founded 'Hamilton and McMaster Engineering Co' with a friend. The business was established in Princes Dock Street, at the heart of the growing community living and working in the bustling cobbled streets of Sailortown, in Belfast. At this time Belfast was the premier shipbuilding centre of the world and the firm took on general engineering and ship repair work in the docks. After five years graft, the team had managed to pay off all debts in full plus interest.

The business continued to develop.

[Below] The SS Straide is repaired after surviving damages from a German naval mine during World War 1.

  • The SS Straide is repaired after suffering damages from a german mine. Photo shows date as 1918 Belfast docks.
  • Repairs are carried out to the SS Straide's bow. A worker peers out through the large dark hole in the centre.
  • Workers stand around the SS Straide where the front panels around the previously damaged bow have been removed
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John Hamilton (Manager of the firm) in his home guard uniform during the second world war

Numerous challenges were faced.

The First World War saw the company tasked with essential admiralty repairs, and rapidly working to busy schedules with a notably bigger workforce.

In the following years the post war recession brought difficult conditions. With the shipyards less busy men would queue for any limited work they could get, and in some cases, this was for only one or two hours in a day.

Notably, in the early 1930's at the height of the Great Depression, there were several periods when managerial staff took no salary in order to pay for materials, succesfully keeping the business running through the turbulent markets, and avoiding collapse like so many others.

During The Second World War the business was once again listed as a key 'reserve occupation'. In 1941, the premises narrowly survived major fires amidst the Belfast Blitz, managing to carry on essential work throughout the surrounding destruction. Over the course of the war, in addition to their industrious day-to-day work many employees also volunteered their limited free time in various units such as the Home Guard, Police and Fire Services, RNLI, and others.

As had similarly been the case years before, despite employing over 400 extra labourers during the war period the company was not permitted to claim any profits and then suffered in the post war recession.

Later, during The Troubles, the company and its employees faced more tough times. Sadly the community around Princes Dock Street witnessed a number of merciless bombings.

Major changes to the shipbuilding industry presented a key hurdle.

  • A ship called the Divis sits in dock undergoing repairs
  • Reapirs are carried out to the main palm house in Belfast's botanic gardens
  • Works are carried out on a De Lorean car in Belfast
  • Works are carried out on one of the Strangford ferries in the dry dock
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Core policies of upholding sound engineering workmanship and continuous innovation, have helped the company be adaptable through historical challenges, taking on a wide variety of interesting projects.

  • A black and white photo of filament winding when the technology was quite new
  • A black and white photo of composites weaving when the technology was quite new
  • A black and white photo of filament winding when the technology was in its infancy and being developed with more automated equipment
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A black and white photograph shows an employee sanding the inside of a tank

The company diversified into plastics in the 1960's establishing 'Corrosion Control Plastics', and was one of the first in the region to realise the opportunities with modern composites as the field rapidly developed.

Around this time the business moved to new larger premises in Ballygowan, just south of Belfast.

As the corrosion resistant plastics element of the business grew, the company name evolved with it. Corrosion Control Plastics led to the 'CCP' acronym, with 'Gransden' added when the firm acquired Gransden (BiChem).

Many firms came and went; selling-out, moving abroad, or succumbing to changing markets.

CCP Gransden innovated.

  • Two engineers stand in the CCP Gransden shopfloor in the 1980's assessing some GRP works.
  • One of CCP Gransden's lorries in the 1980's, painted white and blue and with CCP Gransden written on the side. Several drums sit in front of the lorry.
  • David and Kelsie Erskine (nee Hamilton) are presented a centenary gift by Ulster Bank for being one of the longest standing clients.
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A photo of an explosion in an arid environment besie two armored vehicles. The Tecdur logo is overlayed beside this with the caption "Engineered to protect". Tecdur products are produced by CCP Gransden's sister company Hamilton Erskine

A linked spin out is CCP Gransden's sister company Hamilton Erskine who manufacture 'Tecdur' blast / ballistic protection solutions, based at the same location in Ballygowan.


CCP Gransden have made several major technological investments, growing a sophisticated facility which boasts potentially the UK's largest selection of advanced composites manufacturing processes in-house.

  • One of CCP Gransden's production spaces with neatly laid out organised tools and a clean clearly marked out floorway.
  • CCP Gransden's Engel V duo high volume production cell
  • CCP Gransden's specialist 7 axis filament winder


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