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Durtnell and Sons Limited

Durtnell & Sons
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Durtnell & Sons

Durtnell & Sons was founded over 400 years ago and has been trading continuously ever since, making the firm the oldest building contractor in Britain.

The family business specialises in the construction, extension, refurbishment and restoration of schools, hospitals, churches, private homes, colleges, doctor surgeries, sports centres, offices, universities, museums, swimming pools and galleries.

The firm work across both the public and private sectors undertaking special works valued at £1.5 million to major projects worth £25 million. The firm employs an experienced team and has established successful relationships between clients, designers, employees, suppliers and subcontractors.

As considerate contractors R. Durtnell & Sons aim to achieve high standards, timely completions and on target budgets as well as undertaking a build with minimal disruption. The firm has been members of the Considerate Constructors scheme for many years and their projects are registered under the programme.

As Britain’s oldest building company R. Durtnell & Sons has an enviable reputation for quality work, fine craftsmanship and business integrity. R. Durtnell has a turnover of around £50 million and employs approximately 130 full-time staff, a figure added to by specialist sub-contractors working on site at any one time, making the total number of employees over 800.

  1. Durtnell & Sons Limited is Britain’s oldest building company and has earned an enviable reputation for quality work, fine craftsmanship and business integrity. As a family, the Durtnells can trace their ancestry back to the Norman Conquest. The first recorded mention of building, as opposed to property, in the family – and hence the year from which Durtnell dates its existence – is 22 July 1591, when John Dartnall married Ann Hearst, registering his profession as carpenter, synonymous with builder at a time when most houses were of timber-framed construction.

Back to the present day Durtnell undertakes projects throughout London and the South East operating from their head office in Brasted, near Sevenoaks in Kent, and from a regional office in Farnborough, Hampshire. The firm undertakes a plethora of private and publicly funded building contracts both traditional and design and build. In addition to new build, the firm is adept at the specialist restoration and renovation of historic buildings.

Clients include private clients, public companies, local authorities, heritage organisations, hospitals, churches, schools and universities.

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