Where it all began

It is hard to believe that A B Canham was founded back in 1974 with just £75, given the scale and value of the projects it now completes.

The A B Canham & Son journey to where we are now – a multi-million pound business regularly building new communities and developments from scratch – illustrates our dedication to growth and success.

The company was founded back in 1974 with just £75 – a figure dwarfed by the fact we currently turn over more than £20 million every year. Alan Canham carved a reputation for meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship in the 1970s, when he undertook modest extensions and decorating jobs. His reputation grew alongside the nature of his work, and Alan soon added specialist projects, including barn conversions, oast houses, pools and new homes, to his portfolio.

A B Canham & Son’s next evolutionary step came in 1982, when Alan’s son Michael left school and joined the business. Their formal partnership in 1987 allowed this father and son team to accelerate ambitious plans, with the creation of new homes, luxury dwellings, contemporary apartments and refurbished residences across the South East and South London.

Alan’s daughter Sharon joined the company in 1999 bringing a background knowledge of accounting / office management support to the business after working for a local large developer / contractor.

“Working as part of the family business for more than 20 years has been a rewarding experience, During this time I have been instrumental in its development, establishing a long-term financial strategy that ensures the continued growth of the business.”

A new millennium heralded the addition of another competency to A B Canham & Son. With a successful housebuilding track record and a reliable workforce, the company started opening conversations with leading banks. Since 2008, A B Canham & Son has been working directly on the completion of planning and building works for sites that have been taken into a number of banks’ recovery departments. Our work enables the new homes to be handed back for sale on the open market.

Today, we are most comfortable completing ambitious, high-value and high-calibre projects across the entire south east – all with the same care and diligence shown by Alan in the 1970s – but on a much larger scale.


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