The business commenced in 1924 by Mr. H.H. Goodsell trading in Maidstone as a carpenter and joiner. Rapid expansion followed and the business was soon trading as general builders and was formally registered as a Company in 1957. The Company acquired a subsidiary in 1971, known as Avery & Co. Engineering (Maidstone) Ltd. and trading as general welders (see later note). The Group was reorganized in 1991 with GOODSELL KENT LTD. as general holding company and property owners providing services to the two active subsidiary companies.
H. GOODSELL & SON LTD. trade as general building contractors undertaking maintenance/repair, renovation and new building operations and would like to be considered for all types of work. Examples of the type of contracts carried out in recent years are available. Our Offices, Workshop and Minor Works Department are based in Maidstone and we are therefore in a position to operate a competitive service throughout Kent. We have maintained a traditional approach as far as possible by directly employing all main trades and taking apprentices/trainees where possible although current trends in the Industry have forced us to reduce the core number of directly employed operatives. Sub-contractors are used to supplement our needs for additional operatives when necessary. As members of the National Federation of Builders we have taken an active interest in construction industry affairs, in particular those relating to Industrial Relations, Training, Safety and Contract matters. We are members of the Weald Construction Training Group and Construction Safety (South East) Ltd. and are registered with the National House-Building Council (NHBC).
Avery Engineering was also formed some 70 years ago and joined our Group in 1971. From June 1999 their trading has been transferred to Avery Engineering (a division of H. Goodsell & Son Ltd.). They specialise in steel and sheet metal fabrication mostly connected with construction and serve many local contractors for their small requirements such as guard bars, balustrades, fire escapes, ducting, etc.