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Over 150 years of continuous improvement

Established in 1868 by Thomas Henry Kingerlee, our great history has continued through five generations. This history isn’t just about continuing our proud name, it is about passing on those years of knowledge, experience and reputation as we continue to grow in every sense. To maintain a solid and dependable reputation through two World Wars and all the technological advances since, requires strong values, a solid core and an unshakeable belief in how we do things. That core is demonstrated in the fact that our founder’s great, great-grandson, David Kingerlee, our Chairman, is integral to the running of our business today with over 120 staff, and an annual revenue of circa £50m.

An ongoing vision

Our vision is to build on our heritage of providing high quality and sustainable construction projects  for our customers and the society we live in. Our business is shaped by reliable people with integrity  who share a strong work ethic, a passion for excellence and our family values.

The pride in our own heritage runs deep, as does our understanding that our people are the beating heart of what we build and how we build. Our behavioural safety approach ‘Home Safe - putting family first’ is our highest priority as we continue to maintain the family culture built up over five generations and encourage a positive working environment for everyone on our projects, where innovation, teamwork and ideas can thrive.

  • 150 years

    of quality building

  • 5th generation

    family business

  • £50 million revenue

    Individual project values between £5000 and £25million

Meet the TeamLeadership Team

  • Chairman

    David Kingerlee
  • Managing Director

    Darren Arekion
  • Group Finance Director

    David Warlow
  • Construction Director

    Glynn Biggins
  • Commercial Director

    Colin Botton
  • Special Projects Director

    James Smith
  • Pre-Construction Director

    Robin Hambidge

Our History

Kingerlee has always been about people and family. From our founder Thomas Henry Kingerlee a plumber living in Banbury, to our current Chairman David Kingerlee, our history has been woven by its people.

Providing high-quality buildings in and around Oxfordshire for five generations, our own history is part of the landscape. From iconic Oxford buildings such as Frank Cooper’s Marmalade Factory to the most modern developments, we continue to proudly help shape Oxfordshire and beyond.


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Corporate Information

Kingerlee are committed to applying the highest standards of behaviour and ethics among our businesses, our employees, and our supply chain. We have a formal health and safety management system that has achieved certification to the standards required by BS ISO 45001:2018

Beyond our corporate obligations, our own behavioural safety campaign, ‘Home Safe’ puts the safety of everyone that we engage with and the welfare of their families at the core of how we work.

We are now fully accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System standards which covers all our operations. We are committed to continually improve this important aspect of what we do to ensure that our business performance is consistent and ever improving.


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