A Dorset based family run building contractors, established in the 1920s, we specialise in completing new build and refurbishment projects on time and within budget. The development and training of our staff is fundamental to all that we do for the company’s continued success.


Albert Hammond was born in Bishops Caundle, Dorset on 25th December 1887. At the age of 13 he is recorded in the 1901 census as a worker with the occupation of “carpenter’s help”. He later moved to London where he was employed as a carpenter, and married Ellen Timms. Their first son Bert was born there in 1909.

By the time of the next census in 1911, the family had moved to the Yeovil area, where a second son, Dick was born in the same year, and their only daughter, Freda, in 1912. Following a return to Dorset, a further three sons, Jim, Percy and Roy, were born at Long Burton between 1914 and 1922.

During the First World War Albert served in the RFC and RAF as an air mechanic, returning to Long Burton afterwards, where he resumed work as a carpenter, and started training Bert as his assistant. When Bert was 15 years old they were offered work at the Cattle Market in Sturminster Newton, and cycled there every day for about a year, before moving to an address in Glue Hill around 1926. By 1927 the business of Albert Hammond Carpenter & Joiner was established in premises in the Market Square, with a workshop and yard at the end of what is now the Church Street Car Park.

All remaining five brothers gradually joined the expanding business, which by the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 was trading as A Hammond & Sons Builders, Decorators, Carpenters & Joiners. During the war it served as Sturminster Newton RDC No 1 Utility Party.

Albert died at the age of 58 in June 1946, leaving his sons to carry the business forward. By 1949 they had relocated to the current office in Church Street, and A Hammond & Sons Ltd was incorporated on 7th October 1959. Significant early local projects have included the conversion of the Tythe Barn in Hinton St Mary, the construction of Sturminster Newton County Modern School, Brinsley Court, Sturminster Hall, Library and Police Station.

Philip, the current Managing Director, and son of Percy Hammond, joined the business in 1987, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Construction Management from University College, London.



Philip holds a Batchelor of Science (Honours) degree in Construction Management from University College London. A grandson to the founder Albert Hammond, with over 30 years experience as Managing Director.



With over 40 years experience in the construction industry Rob first joined Hammonds in 1981. Experienced in many aspects of construction, specialising on the estimating and surveying functions.



Ben has 34 years experience of the construction industry, and joined Hammonds as a contracts manager in 2000 after working for a national building contractor. He was promoted to Contracts Director in 2003.



With over 20 years of surveying experience, Chris is responsible for the financial success of projects from tender negotiation to final account settlement, responsible for the implementation and supervision of the Quality Management System, procedures and policies.



All sites are inspected by the Building Safety Group, an independent organisation that we employ to ensure standards are maintained.



Collaboration between our clients and our various stakeholders has led to a number of successful projects. We take care in selecting a supply chain whose values and ethos is aligned with that of Hammonds, and with continuous hands-on management, we ensure these high standards are maintained.


Insurances are crucial, not only to us as a responsible company and employer but also to any client, Hammonds is fully insured with Contractors All Risks, Public and Employers Liabilities.


Training is a continual and on-going process applied at all levels of the company, we have a programme of providing apprenticeships in the building trades, many of whom have served their apprenticeships with us and are now valued craftsmen in their own right. We also offer students the opportunity of work experience, and for some it is the start of a career in the industry.


We strive to improve our environmental performance.  We adopt a fully up-to-date Environmental Policy which integrates all parts of the business and reflects the company’s dedication to becoming a regional industry leaders in Health, Safety and Environmental Management. During each project we always make every effort to reduce fuel consumption, recycle as much as practically possible and prevent or lessen instances of pollution.


We understand that a building project is not just another contract – it can be very personal experience that has the potential to create stress and disruption; however, we will do all we can to minimise the inevitable upheaval that can occur by liaising with our clients to ensure they are aware of what is happening and appreciate the potential consequences.


We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and hear about your project. So please get in touch using the details listed below.

T. +44 (0) 1258 472394
E. info@a-hammond.co.uk

Worton House
Church Street
Sturminster Newton
Dorset DT10 1DB