Since 1947

Our history is what makes Abbott the team we are now

HISTORY

Three generations of the Abbott family have grown within Kent, creating long-standing relationships and a reputation
that we’re proud of.

Steve, Tony and Paul have each led the business in their own ways, introducing different innovations and direction, but the values Steve instilled from the beginning have remained, and stood the test of time:

honesty, integrity and reliability.

The Abbott Timeline


1947

Steve Abbott starts re-developing the area post-war, building new houses with a team of men working with him. He soon builds up an enviable reputation as a very skilled bricklayer.


1952

Abbott complete first commercial build - Hallet’s Service Station, St Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury. The developer wanted a specialist bricklayer and heard Steve was the best around.


1972

Tony Abbott takes the reins with a key interest in heritage conservation.


1993

Restore local icon, Old King’s School Shop, Canterbury, built in 1647.


2000

First education project – Kent College, Canterbury.


2008

Paul Abbott becomes MD and focuses the business on commercial new builds, especially for the education sector.


2011

Demolish and redevelop their own first commercial build (from 1952) Hallett’s becomes a Sainsbury’s Local with student accommodation units above.


2017

Deliver first project to BREEAM standards (The John Wallis Academy) and begin to address the need to educate the industry from the top down as to how we build with environmental consideration.


2020

Commence largest and most challenging project to date – Barrett’s showroom redevelopment and erection of student accommodation units in a logistically tight space in the busiest area of Canterbury.


2022

Celebrate 75 years of Abbott Construction.

Where are we now? Past Projects