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Written by Warren Muschialli

At Newton Waterproofing, we’re proud to be celebrating our 175th anniversary this year, marking an incredibly impressive milestone.

A Long History of Waterproofing

Established by John Newton in 1848, Newton Waterproofing started out as a specialist supplier of plasterers’ hair, and in 1931, expanded by pioneering the air gap method of damp proofing with the design and production of the first physical damp proof membrane ‘Newtonite’. John Newton - Founder

Over five million square metres of the original Newtonite membrane were installed in the UK, including helping to create dry, hospitable housing across post-war London.

By the 1980s, Newton had launched the first HDPE membrane with a mesh surface that could be plastered directly onto – since then, Newlath has continued to be the industry leading damp proof membrane, with over two million square metres installed across the country.

In 1986, Newton developed and launched the flagship ‘System 500’ basement waterproofing solution and the first cavity drain waterproofing system of its kind, designed to be installed internally in any below-ground structure.

Into The 21st Century

Newton Waterproofing New Northern Branch in LeedsBy 2003, Newton had implemented the Newton Specialist Basement Contractor (NSBC) scheme, the first approved contractor network for structural waterproofing, providing reliability and peace of mind to designers and clients at the hands of an experienced technical team.

Due to an expanding product range and growing staff, in 2012, we opened our head office in Tonbridge, Kent, and in 2020, formed the Newton Specification Partnership.

This nationwide network of approved architects and specifiers works directly with Newton to provide high quality, technically sound waterproofing solutions for any basement or below-ground structure.

Another big milestone came in 2022, with the opening of our northern branch and distribution centre in Leeds, giving customers across the North and Midlands quicker and easier access to our range of products and technical services.

A Modern Company for Modern Waterproofing Needs

Today, Newton Waterproofing is the UK’s leading independent distributor of waterproofing and damp proofing products, boasting a wide range of high quality products. Their systems have been used to waterproof hundreds of residential properties and high profile buildings over the years, from the London School of Economics, the Houses of Parliament and the Royal College of Music in London, to the Hotel Football and the Arndale Centre in Manchester, to name just a few.

Our vast product range includes:

CPD PresentationFurthermore, through our wide range of UK product partnerships, you can get hold of your other specialist construction supplies via Newton across the country, including the likes of ArdexRawlplugTarmac and Proctor Group, amongst others.

We are also committed to professional development, providing extensive training on waterproofing best practice through our dedicated School of Waterproofing, and have been running our award-winning Recycling Service, the first closed-loop recycling scheme in the UK waterproofing industry, since 2017.

Incredible Achievement

Newton Waterproofing Managing Director Warren Muschialli comments: “Newton Waterproofing has a very long and rich history, and to reach 175 years is an incredible milestone for the company. From a small start-up business back in the 1840s, Newton has evolved and grown into the UK’s leading independent waterproofing supplier, and we’re incredibly proud of how far we’ve come.

“We owe a huge thank you to all our partners and valued customers who have joined us over the years for their continued support, and we very much look forward to many more successful decades ahead.”


For more information, or to benefit from our extensive technical services, call us on 01732 360095 or email info@newtonwaterproofing.co.uk

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