Kennett is a respected commercial construction company with more than a century of experience in construction excellence. Established by brothers Clifford and Charles Kennett in 1914, the company now operates across Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Melbourne.

The Kennett team delivers award-winning projects across a range of industry sectors under the leadership of its fourth generation, brothers James and Scott Kennett. They lead a dedicated team of construction specialists who are passionate about developing strong partnerships with clients, architects and consultants to deliver projects that exceed their expectations. This relationship ethos and focus on quality are fundamental values that have been passed down through each generation.

The Lintel Stone

In 1984, the Kennett team was refurbishing an Adelaide nursing home that was originally built as one of Kennett’s first projects in 1914.

A 94-year-old resident of the home advised the Kennett site manager that a surprise would be waiting upon demolition of a particular wall. Amongst the rubble, the Kennett team found a broken sandstone lintel clearly bearing the name ‘Kennett’ and ‘1914’. The second missing piece was suspected to be on its way to the waste depot.

The truck was requested to return to site, where the perplexed driver watched workers sift through the rubble to recover the missing lintel piece, inscribed ‘Bros’. Today, the lintel takes pride of place in the Kennett head office, overlooking the construction teams and serving as a reminder of our origins.

When John Kennett asked the resident how he knew what lay beneath, the gentleman revealed he was a plasterer working on the original build and remembered the bricklayers carving the company name into the soft stone during their lunch break.

James & Scott Kennett, 2018

Brothers Clifford & Charles Kennett, circa 1914

Berri Hotel project with Lucas & Parker (now JPE Design), circa early 1950s

100 Year Centenary celebrations, 2014

First Generation, Kennett Bros