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We are Durkan

We believe in putting our customers at the heart of everything we do. It’s an ethos that stems from our heritage as a family-owned company with 50 years’ experience and a passion for our work.

Our founder William Durkan knew that reliability, honesty, and attention to detail were the best foundations for becoming a successful house builder, developer and contractor.

Today, our trusted, financially independent company has an enviable reputation. Our friendly, expert teams carefully guide complex projects from land purchase, through construction, to after sales care.

We’re excited about the future. Our mission is to be a leading customer-focused developer of quality homes and sustainable communities, for all sectors of the housing market in London and the South East. We’re looking forward to the next 50 years.

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The foundingof Durkan

Est. 1970

Born in Bohola, County Mayo on Ireland’s west coast, William Durkan moved to London in 1955 to start his career in construction. Having learnt his trade as a plasterer, within a few years he had set up his first company: Durkan Plastering Limited.

As his work grew, and involved him in more and more projects, he saw the bigger opportunities that general contracting work could offer, leading him to found Durkan in 1970. Over the following fifty years, the company he built on his core values of reliability, honesty and attention to detail has grown in both reputation and size to become the Durkan of today.

As we continue to grow and evolve, one thing is constant – the family culture and values that were so important to our founder remain at the heart of everything we do.


Today, we are proud to have created more than 30,000 new homes, over 1 million sq.ft. of commercial space and numerous landmark buildings in many projects, all delivered to our exacting standards.

Everything we have accomplished so far has been guided by the ethos and values instilled in the business by William Durkan. While today’s Durkan is a forward-thinking and innovative company, the experienced management team, led by our Executive Chairman Daniel Durkan, remain true to the traditional values which are the foundation of our success.

We have an established track record for excellent residential development, refurbishment and construction, underpinned by the financial stability and flexibility of a private family business. Our expertise in delivering affordable homes in partnership with local authorities and housing associations has resulted in us becoming a leading public sector contracting partner.

Our strong reputation with clients, financial institutions and suppliers is further enhanced by our commitment to creating social value and engaging with our local communities.

We value our team members and invest in their development, from youth apprenticeships to ongoing professional training. As a respected leader in our field, we actively support innovation and recruitment into our fast-paced and rewarding industry.

To achieve our goal of becoming a leading, customer-focused developer of quality homes and sustainable communities, for all sectors of the housing market in London and the Home Counties, we have pledged to make major investments in our business over the next few years.

A substantial investment in land between 2020 and 2025, will accelerate further growth in our housebuilding, partnerships and build to rent businesses.

This will consolidate the considerable investment we’ve already made in strengthening our housebuilding team, helping us to achieve growth and increase output to 400 homes per year.

We understand that our trademark passion, attention to detail, high standards and innovation are key to our continued success. As a result, we are committed to further investment in Modern Methods of Construction, sustainable building opportunities, growth and succession from within our highly valued expert teams.

As a financially strong, trusted independent family business with an enviable reputation and forward-thinking culture, we are confident the next 50 years will bring us even greater success.

A Durkan for the Future

Area of operation

House building
  • The Exchange
  • Bramble Tye
  • Royal Military Academy
  • The Stiles
  • Manor & Braganza
  • Wintringham
  • Granary & Chapel
  • Hatfield East
  • Eddingtoncoming soon
  • Beachcroft House
  • Southmere Village
  • Milbrook Park
  • Manor Place
  • Lisgar Terrace
  • Ethelburga Estate
  • The Risdens
  • Enfield Dry Riser

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