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Kirkham’s Warden Construction looks to build on 70 years of success

Posted on - 7th June, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Fylde News, Kirkham, Preston News
Warden’s management team (left to right): Dan Culshaw, Adrian Atkinson, Susie Harrison-Serella, Edwin Esevohare, Ian Williams and James Flitcroft.

Kirkham-based Warden Construction has clocked up an impressive 70 years in business.

More than 90 guests, which included relatives of the company’s founder, came together in Preston to mark seven decades since the business was established in May 1954.

The Kirkham-headquartered company started life as a building supplies business before going on to become a main contractor and, today, it works on large construction projects in sectors including education, healthcare, public sector buildings, as well as commercial and industrial.

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Warden has also diversified into helping clients towards net zero emissions with major building decarbonisation projects, as well as ensuring buildings comply with new safety laws through fire remediation works.

Ian Williams, managing director of Warden, said: “While the business has grown significantly it still feels like a family company, which is very important to us. Our current leadership team always talk about us being custodians rather than owners of the business.

“We want Warden to be around in another 70 years, still delivering projects that have a positive impact on people and building social value for our communities.”

Adrian Atkinson, commercial director of Warden, added: “Our 70th anniversary comes at a time where we continue to grow and diversify, helping clients in a wide range of sectors, and also supporting our clients with big challenges like fire safety and decarbonisation.”

Attendees at Warden’s 70th celebration event, held at the Ivory Tower in Preston, included former managing directors David and Richard Kenworthy, who are son and grandson respectively of the company’s founder Bob Kenworthy.

Warden Construction, based in Kirkham, has worked on thousands of projects in its history for clients including Manchester City Council, Lancashire County Council, Manchester Airports Group, NHS, The English Football League, Lancashire County Cricket Club and University of Manchester.

In the last 12-months, the company has delivered 810 hours of community engagement activity and delivered 490 days’ worth of staff training.

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