Vic Hallam, with brothers Dennis and Jack, commenced business before WW1, making sheds and chicken coops. By 1933, they had a staff of 32, becoming a limited company in 1935.
In 1938, they got a commission to build the Derbyshire Miners’ Holiday Camp in Skegness. With the onset of WW2, the business received orders from the government for wooden items from army huts to ammunition boxes.
At the end of the war, the business extended manufacturing to include luxury household items, such as radio cabinets. As the businesses’ success continued, their Langley Mill site grew.
Around 1950, Vic Hallam became aware of a shortage of classroom space at many local schools. This was the seed for the idea of manufacturing pre-fabricated classroom buildings which could be erected quickly. The first order from Derbyshire County Council for a single classroom at Loscoe Denby Lane School was a success, and by 1952 the Council had ordered 18 double classrooms for schools across the county – an order repeated in 1953. At the same time, the business won tenders to build schools in Nottingham and Sheffield. Interest in the manufacturing process grew, and orders for further school buildings came in. The Vic Hallam approach to pre-fabricated buildings became known as the Derwent System.
In 1959, Vic Hallam launched the Anderby Chalet, a cedar lodge bungalow designed to give a high standard of holiday accommodation. It proved very popular, not just at Anderby Creek where Seaside Lodge is located, but also in Devon and Cornwall which has over 200 Anderby Chalets- and as far afield as Germany. Seaside Lodge is believed to be the second Anderby Chalet built at Anderby Creek, which would explain it’s superb location on the lake. Interestingly, Vic Hallam had a holiday home at Anderby Creek too.
By the 1960s, it was a burgeoning business, contracted by many regional councils to build social housing. At their peak, Vic Hallam Limited employed over 2,000 staff.
In the 70s, demand for their products declined, and the connection with the founding family finally closed. The company finally closed in 1995.