Our story started in 1986 with Founders, William Crooks and Richard Parrott, taking on their first demolition and reclamation project. Following several project successes, Cawarden bought its first machine in 1988 – a JCB 3C111.
Together, William and Richard grew the business and began taking on larger projects for reclamation. In 1990 they won a project for Fina Petroleum to help clear the way for the M42 at Tamworth. The 1990s saw a breadth of projects delivered including working on sites for Yorkshire Collieries, Toyota UK and Wilson Bowden Developments.
Richard continued to follow his passion for reclamation and William took over the reins from 2001 to fulfil the role of Managing Director for Cawarden Co Demo Ltd – simply known today as “Cawarden”.
Sons of William, Oliver and Samuel Crooks, developed their love for the industry from a young age and frequently visited sites to see the “big machines” in action. Oliver and Samuel have both been instrumental in growing the business since they joined Cawarden in full-time roles after completing their studies.
Cawarden has adapted to many changes over the years through many economic cycles and advances in industry practice. Today, we continue to evolve and adapt to grow our capability, meeting the needs of our clients to ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry. We are proud of our roots and where we have come from but we are no longer ‘just’ a demolition specialist. We are the “Destruction to Construction” Specialists.
As technology advances, it creates endless opportunities to change the way we operate our business and our sites. Cawarden remains at the forefront of exploring and developing new capabilities, bringing together people and technology to take the industry to a new level. We’re genuinely proud of how far we’ve come and everything we’ve accomplished since 1986. But we are more excited about what we are yet to do.
Since 1986. A look back in time at some of our achievements through the decades.
Former Debenhams Store, Derby
Asbestos removal, demolition and site clearance of the former Debenhams store in Derby city centre to clear the way for a £200 million regeneration project.
Remediation and demolition works at a 13.5-acre site at the former home of Royal Doulton Pottery. Over 200,000 cubic metres of grounds and soils being re-engineering to prepare the site for future development.
Wyvern footbridge over the A52 in Derby
Demolition of the former Wyvern footbridge over the A52 in Derby. The works were completed ahead of programme allowing the roadway to open a day early.
Copthorne Barracks, Shrewsbury
Clearance of the 14-acre Copthorne Barracks site where over 300,000 bricks, large amounts of slates and timber was reclaimed.
IMEX Business Park, Burton upon Trent
Demolition and asbestos removal work begins at the former IMEX Business Park.
Cawarden makes the top 100 global demolition contractor listing
In the top 100 global demolition contractor listing, Demolition & Recycling International – Cawarden reached position 80 in 2017.
Derbyshire Police HQ, Ripley
Asbestos removal and demolition of the former Derbyshire Police Headquarters in Ripley.
Order placed for Komatsu’s new PC490 LC-10 high reach.
Derby & Leicester Royal Infirmaries
Cawarden is awarded projects to demolish Derby and Leicester Royal Infirmaries.
Project secured to demolish the former Prodrive site in Banbury.
Former East Midlands Electricity Board, Derby
Demolition of the former East Midlands Electricity Board site in Derby.
Demolition of the Saltergate football ground – the former home of Chesterfield FC.
Ideal Heating Foundry, Hull
Demolition of the Ideal Heating Foundry.
Tarmac Quarry Sites
Demolishing quarry sites all over the UK for Tarmac.
Duckworth Square, Derby
An early phase of the Becketwell Regeneration Project in Derby city centre.
Home of Derby County FC
Demolition of the Baseball Ground, now the home of Derby County FC.
Raleigh Bikes Factory, Nottingham
Demolition of the Raleigh Bikes Plant for Nottingham University.
Dairy demolition, Nottingham
A young Samuel Crooks pictured at a dairy site in Nottingham.
Ground contamination, Cornwall
Cawarden’s Asbestos Division working on ground contamination in Cornwall.
DAF Trucks Factory, Dunstable
Factory demolition on behalf of Wilson Bowden Developments.
Aircraft dismantlement, Bruntingthorpe
William Crooks pictured with young Oliver Crooks on-site at Bruntingthorpe as a disused 747 is dismantled.
First Bowmer & Kirkland project award
Industrial strip out and demolition project for Bowmer & Kirkland. The beginning of a long-standing client relationship.
Cooper’s Corset Factory, Ashbourne
Demolition of the former corset factory in Ashbourne to clear the way for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket.
Toyota Factory, Derby
Demolition of all farm buildings at the site of the new Toyota factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire, working direct for Toyota UK.
Demolition of brick buildings at Yorkshire Collieries for Cat Plant Ltd.
M42 at Tamworth
Working on behalf of Fina Petroleum to help clear the way for the M42 at Tamworth.
The beginning of investment in in-house resources. Cawarden bought its first machine – a JCB 3C111.
First demolition & reclamation project
First demolition and reclamation project on farm buildings.
William Crooks and Richard Parrott founded Cawarden.