Who we are
Warden Construction Limited was founded in 1954. The company has built a team of skilled people, earning a reputation for completing projects on time and quality.
Discover our history that has helped make us who we are today.
During our 66 years in business, the company has experienced planned, sustainable growth, winning higher value contracts and expanding the markets in which we work. To successfully continue this growth, we have developed our mission, vision and values
Our Mission, Vision and Values
We want to be the contractor of choice for clients, contractors, suppliers and people. With a high employee retention rate and our focus on health & safety, and the development of our workforce; we have been able to attract and retain highly skilled employees. With a record order book and expanding business, it provides our employees with an increased scope of work, providing new challenges and expanding on their skillset.
In 1954, Robert (Bob) Kenworthy left his job as Managing Director of a large regional building contractor to set up Warden Builders Supplies Ltd. In those early days, Warden supplied building materials and large construction plant to large construction companies. Typically, Warden was providing gravel, stone and excavators for runway building projects throughout England.
In the early sixties, Warden Building Supplies became Warden Builders as the Company started undertaking groundworks, predominantly petrol filling stations forecourts. By the mid-sixties the firm was undertaking building work for the first time, with one of the first projects being the refurbishment of the Midland (now HSBC) Bank in St Annes-On-Sea. Midland then HSBC was a client that Warden would work with consistently over the next sixty years.
David Kenworthy joined the business in 1972 and was followed by his brother Peter, during the 70s the Company became a well-respected building contractor with a strong specialism in the construction of petrol filling stations. Warden built new petrol stations for all the major oil companies and lately for many retail chains. During the 1980’s, Warden continued working on petroleum installations throughout the UK, but developed a strong presence as a respected local builder with the public and private sectors.
Following a management buyout in 1984, David Kenworthy became Managing Director and the business grew during the 1980s and early 1990s into a regional building contractor undertaking all housing, commercial, industrial, education and healthcare building work for public and private sector customers.
In 1997, Richard Kenworthy joined Warden, with the Company progressing into partnering framework arrangements with blue chip and public sector clients. As the service offering developed, the company became Warden Construction Limited, with Warden offering a full end to end service from land acquisition to facility management. At the start of the new millennium, Warden set up an in-house City and Guilds accredited construction training centre, Initially to undertake onsite assessments for NVQs in various building trades. The service offering developed and the training centre became a sister Company, Skills Construction Centre, consistently delivering over 500 NVQs each year for apprenticeships, schools, access to employment and prisons, through its centres in Kirkham and Manchester. Richard Kenworthy became Managing Director of Warden Construction Limited in 2004 and in 2006 led a management buyout when David Kenworthy retired from the business.
The strong reputation built up over many years has meant our team has been fortunate enough to have been involved with some of the most high profile projects in the North West, as well as undertaking many challenging projects in the education, healthcare, commercial and industrial sectors. We are proudly expanding the number of new homes that we build year on year with a combination of joint venture and in-house developments. The strong ethos of attracting, training, developing and retaining talented people contributes greatly to our goal of being the company of choice for clients, consultants and the supply chain.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
To be the contractor of choice for clients, consultants, supply chain and people.
We will build on our history and reputation by undertaking our activities in a sustainable and responsible manner that contributes to society as a whole.
• create a safe, healthy and rewarding place to work
• adopt an ethical, client-focused flexible approach
• continually focus on time, quality and cost
• positively engage with the communities in which we work
• promote innovative and sustainable solutions
Our Senior Management Team
Professional Qualifications & Memberships: ACMA CGMA
Dan has over 18 years’ experience in Accountancy and Finance. He has a number of years’ experience as Chief Financial Officer and has acted as the Strategic Partner to the CEO across a range of companies.
Dan has a number of years’ experience in raising finance with various institutions for opportunities and has gained a breadth of cross sector experience having worked in the service, manufacturing, import / export and construction sectors.
In his current role as Financial Director, Dan supports the board on financial strategy and is responsible for heading up the IT and HR departments.
Professional Qualifications & Memberships: MCIOB, L7 NVQ Diploma Senior Construction Management
Ian has over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry and has been with Warden since 2000. He received a directorship in 2004 and was appointed as Managing Director in 2021 after a management buy-out.
With a significant amount of experience in heading up preconstruction and bid teams, he also takes responsibility for all new business and framework management delivering solutions for both private and public sector organisations on wide ranging projects up to £20m in value. As Managing Director, Ian now has overall responsibility for the company strategy and performance.
Professional Qualifications & Memberships: MRICs, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, CITB Directors Role for Health & Safety
Adrian started his construction career with Warden back in 1990 on an industrial placement and returned full time after completing his BSc Hons degree. Following a spell working for one of the country’s largest national contractors, Adrian returned in 1999 as a Senior Quantity Survey and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2006. Adrian was heavily involved with the recent management buy-out.
Adrian is responsible for leading Warden’s Commercial and Procurement Teams and has overall responsibility for the financial control of our projects. He is also responsible for Warden’s Aftercare Team.
The whole Warden project team showed a positive proactive approach to the project. Communication was effective and we are very satisfied with the end results of the project with respect to build quality.