In the map below, taken from a 1929, Herbert purchased the Sycamores (pictured above) after nun's had moved to Farnbrough Hill. He wanted to build a "miniature garden city" in the south section of the The Sycamores estate. The L-shaped road eventually become Hilder Gardens in the 60s.
Hilder Gardens, Farnborough, completed between the 1940-1970's
BAPC was formed on April 7, 1980 as a partnership designing and constructing complex pools and water features between Nigel Finzi, Herbert Henry Hilder, and Dr Ahmed Saif Belhasa.
1981 saw the establishment of a branch office in Abu Dhabi and almost immediately the company’s first million-dirham contract was signed for the mechanical and electrical works for an Olympic-sized pool at a private sports club in Al Ain.
The year 1983 brought more public exposure with the construction of a lion enclosure at Al Ain Zoo and the gunite construction of the landmark ornamental fort in Hatta. In 1984, BAPC made its first foray overseas and secured its first million-dollar contract in Doha, Qatar. The QR4 million ($1.1 million) hard landscaping contract involved construction of artificial rockwork, waterfalls and lakes for a palace project.
November 1988 saw the company take its expertise into Saudi Arabia with the construction of eight gunite tent structures for the Janadriya Heritage village near Riyadh, which reinforced the company’s reputation as a specialist for ornate structures and enjoyed nationwide coverage in the Saudi media as it was opened by King Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The project was supervised by Aquascapes general manager, Malay Shah, who had then newly-joined the company as engineer.
The same year also saw the company successfully bidding for the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Wild Wadi. The creation of three separate swimming pools, water features and slides, landscaping and full MEP services for the Jumeirah Beach Hotel represented the largest and most complex project BAPC had ever undertaken.
By this point Howard Henry Hilder and Nigel Hilder are well established at BAPC.
Howard Henry Hilder and Nigel Howard Hilder left BAPC and continued H.H.Hilder & Son's in England.
From here onwards, H.H.Hilder & Son's completed various residential developments. Ranging from small household dwellings to blocks of flats and apartments or conversions, delivering a high standard year upon year.
HHHilder was also a participant in the UK Ideal Homes Exhibition
After 100 years, H.H.Hilder still operates in the Surrey area.
Nigel Hilder is current MD and Jack Henry Hilder, the 4th generation of Hilder, joined the company in 2023.
H.H.Hilder & Son's aims to expand its residential development, extensions, and holiday lets.