The Paviors are a City of London livery company with records dating back to 1276. It is one of over a hundred livery companies that have their foundation in the ancient guilds that regulated the standard of work and conditions of employment for craftsmen and apprentices working within the City of London.

The Worshipful Company of Paviors introduces its members to a network of like-minded people within the roadbuilding, construction, and related industries. The Company continues to build on its almost 750-year history within the City of London and is proud to maintain and uphold its rich traditions whilst always looking forward to face the ever-changing demands of our modern lives. The Company offers opportunities to rub shoulders with captains of our industry and assists our members to develop professionally and socially within a supportive and friendly environment with fellowship at its heart.

Through the London Construction Academy and other philanthropic endeavours, our members can support our industry from a grassroots level and help serve our communities by assisting charitable causes. Our members enjoy attending formal Livery Dinners in magnificent Livery Halls and less formal social gatherings with colleagues, families, and friends. The Company also offers the opportunity to partake in a wide variety of events via its clubs and societies, from golf to lunching, shooting to wine tasting, and from sailing to skiing.


The principal objective of the Paviors Company is ‘to further the craft of paving; that is the planning, design, construction, maintenance and management of all paved surfaces. The Company also aims to foster and strengthen its reputation and links with the City of London, with all professions and trades associated with the craft of paving and relevant educational and charitable organizations, and to promote the well-being of its members and their families. The Company seeks to fulfil these aims by charitable gifts, personal service and the promotion of excellence.


Whilst the Paviors Company no longer controls the standards of the City’s street-works, a high percentage of its liverymen are directly connected with the highways industry, as contractors, consultants, materials and equipment suppliers, or academics. Other professions represented include:

Other types of engineering: building, architecture, surveying, development, legal and financial services.

Although it has roots in medieval London, the Worshipful Company of Paviors is a thoroughly modern livery. The Paviors Company, as part of the wider livery movement, wishes to attract liverymen who have reached higher levels in the professions and industry, but also men and women who are starting on their chosen career paths. The Company offers membership as a ‘freeman’ to younger candidates of outstanding ability who may eventually enter the Livery. It also welcomes applications for apprenticeships and admission to the Livery through patrimony. More information on how to join.


Members of the Company enjoy a range of social activities that encourage fellowship. These include formal dinners and the ability to entertain guests in the traditional surroundings of the various livery halls. Members are encouraged to participate in the broader activities of the City of London and to support various charities and charity events. There are several societies within the Company whose activities are diverse and purposefully informal to enable members to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere.

Members are encouraged to be active in their support of City of London activities, including support for the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs, recognizing the critical commercial and ceremonial role of the City within the United Kingdom.


Charitable objectives strongly drive the Paviors Company. It maintains and develops charitable funds used for both educational and social purposes. It also supports City charities and those associated with the construction industry.


A major aim of the Company is to retain close links with the paving industry. Since 1995, the Company has made awards for paving excellence and to individuals for lifetime contributions to the industry.


The Company has links with the frigate HMS Argyll, the Third Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and 29 Squadron of the RAF. In 1995, the Company established The Museum of Roads and Roadmaking at the Amberley Industrial Museum. This is designed to raise awareness of the history and technology of highways, particularly among young people.


The Worshipful Company of Paviors is proud to embrace diversity and equality. We are committed to building a Livery with a variety of backgrounds, skills and views. The more inclusive the Livery is, the better our fellowship will be. Barriers on our roads, not in our Company!