Cawarden started from humble beginnings in 1986 with Founders, William Crooks and Richard Parrott, taking on their first demolition and reclamation project.
Back then, the re-use of building materials was virtually non-existent. William and Richard were unfashionably keen on recycling and saw an opportunity to reclaim building materials and sell them for re-use. From this idea, Cawarden was born.
As the business grew, new opportunities opened up and William and Richard lived and breathed Demolition and Recycling. Change was on the way for the Demolition Industry and Cawarden was at the fore of this.
In 2001, William took over the reins to fulfil the role of Managing Director and Richard continued to follow his passion for reclamation.
Through William’s leadership, Cawarden has adapted to many changes over the years through various economic cycles and advances in industry practice.
Sons of William, Oliver and Samuel, developed their love for the industry from a young age and frequently visited sites to see the “big machines” in action. Samuel formerly joined the business in 2012 and Oliver in 2013. The brothers have worked hard to get to where they are today, beginning their careers on-site and rising through the ranks from there.
We are proud of our roots and where we have come from. But, we’ve evolved from a Demolition Sub Contractor by extending our expert capability. Today, we’re a Specialist Contractor providing integrated ‘Destruction to Construction’ services.
A look back in time at some of our achievements through the decades.
Office Move Pending
The early stages of planning a new Headquarters for Cawarden begins.
Major sponsorship deal with Derbyshire FA
Cawarden becomes Derbyshire FA’s 140th Year Headline Sponsor and County Cups sponsor for the second year running.
Award Winning Performance
Cawarden is crowned Demolition Contractor of the Year for the second time in three years at the British Demolition Awards.
Cawarden achieves a record £29 million turnover.
Cawarden awarded a place on Transformative £8bn Procure Partnerships Framework Deal
St Mary’s in Derby – A prestigious project, dubbed the greenest primary school in the country, where we completed the earthworks, groundworks, and external packages.
Integrated Project Delivery
Cawarden delivers an integrated service to fulfil all project requirements for a new car park scheme as part of Swadlincote town’s £1m regeneration project.
William Crooks honoured for his dedication to the demolition industry by being invited to join the inaugural Demolition Hub Demolition Hall of Fame.
Demolition and dismantling work commences at the former Bison site in Swadlincote, Derbyshire – a 3/4 of a mile-long site with Cawarden able to showcase circular economy principles through major re-use of buildings and industrial equipment.
With an increasing workload, Cawarden adds a second high-reach to the fleet – the first of its kind to reach UK shores at the time!
Cawarden Strengthens Board of Directors
Malcolm Lowes, Oliver Crooks and Samuel Crooks appointed to the Cawarden Board of Directors.
Award Winning Performance
Cawarden is crowned Demolition Contractor of the Year at the British Demolition Awards.
Award Winning Performance
Cawarden receives gold and silver awards from the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice at a former colliery site in Nottinghamshire.
Investing in paperless technology enabling us to make the transition from traditional paper-based methods to electronic-based methods.
Cawarden makes a major investment in people and plant to further expand into the Civils & Groundworks market.
William Crooks becomes President of the NFDC
The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) officially announces the appointment of William Crooks as President.
Work on several major projects begins as part of Derby city centre’s £200 million Becketwell regeneration project.
Commencement of Cawarden’s biggest project to date at the former home of Royal Doulton Potteries in Staffordshire.
Cawarden commits to net-zero
Pledge to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050.
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.
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.
Order placed for Komatsu’s new PC490 LC-10 high reach.
Cawarden is awarded major projects at Derby and Leicester Royal Infirmaries.
Duckworth Square, Derby – An early phase of the Becketwell Regeneration Project in Derby city centre.
Demolition of the Baseball Ground, now the home of Derby County FC.
Demolition of the Raleigh Bikes Plant for Nottingham University.
A young Samuel Crooks pictured at a dairy site in Nottingham.
William Crooks pictured with young Oliver Crooks on-site at Bruntingthorpe as a disused 747 is dismantled.
First project award for our longest standing client
Industrial strip out and demolition project for Bowmer & Kirkland. The beginning of a long-standing client relationship.
Demolition of the former corset factory in Ashbourne to clear the way for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket.
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.
Working on behalf of Fina Petroleum to help clear the way for the M42 at Tamworth.
The beginning of Cawarden’s investment in in-house resources began with the purchase of our first machine, a JCB with the license plate number 3C111.
First demolition & reclamation project
First demolition and reclamation project on farm buildings.
William Crooks and Richard Parrott founded Cawarden.