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James Callaghan Sons & Co Ltd

A family run contracting company offering a wide range of construction solutions across a variety of sectors.

Founded in 1986, we are a family owned and managed civil engineering contractor, who carries out projects throughout the North West of England. Our family ethos runs throughout the company and it is these core family values of trust and openness that lie at the heart of our business. We enjoy what we do and share our energy and enthusiasm for our work with customers both new and old.

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We are surfacing specialists. From pot hole repairs to highway construction and just about everything in between.


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Car Park Construction

We can offer a full design and build solution to your parking requirements. From car park extensions, overspill parking, to full new construction, we will endeavour to meet your needs.

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Playground Design & Build

We can offer a full design and build solution for your outdoor play requirements. From overlaying existing worn surfaces to entirely new playgrounds, we will advise and assist from start to finish.

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Groundworks Services

We pride ourselves on adaptability and we undertake a wide cross section of groundworks from foundations and footings, to fencing and flagging.

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We have a varied client list in a range of sectors notably education, health, industrial and commercial, as well as working for private customers. The majority of our work comes from repeat clients with whom we have developed close working relationships over many years and who trust in our ability to do the job well and at a fair price. Equally, we are open to forging relationships with new customers to bring their exciting plans in to reality.


Specialising in surfacing, we undertake all types of surface finishes including asphalt, block paving, flagging, resin bound and concrete. We also carry out varied civil engineering and ground works projects from bulk excavations, drainage installations, structural slabs, utilities cable ducting, soft and hard landscaping.

From pot hole repairs to new car park construction, we aim to complete all our works efficiently and cost effectively. Our in house, fully trained and skilled operatives are supervised throughout all our projects by director level contract managers and we always try to meet or exceed our clients’ expectations. Whilst we pride ourselves on our professionalism, we always try to undertake our work in a friendly, approachable and adaptable way. Please take your time to have a look at all the services we offer. If you cannot see specifically what you are looking for, give us a call, as we will always endeavour to offer you our best advice or point you in the right direction to fulfil your project requirements.

What Our Customers Say About Us

  • We have been using the services of James Callaghan Sons & Co Ltd for over 20 years now and they have completed dozens of projects for us. Their projects are always delivered professionally, on time, within budget and to a very high standard. Once the project is appointed, they take care of everything including health and safety, site organisation, plant, material deliveries and programme. We worked with Matt for several years, and mainly work with John now, and we always receive a consistently excellent service from John and his team.

    Jon Walker

    Director KBH

  • Calco did a fantastic job on our driveway. Great communication with the professional office staff from the start and during the works. The lads on site were friendly and approachable and I would highly recommend.

    Daniel Maloney

    Private Client, Hale Barns

  • Calco are an excellent company to work with and are both professional and personable. The Project Team work closely with the Trust throughout the projects and every effort is made to minimise disruption on the day-to-day operations of the hospital. There is excellent management and collaboration during the construction process.

    The appropriate level of Project Management Staff are provided on all projects and all issues/queries are promptly dealt with in consultation/collaboration with all parties involved.

    Malcolm Courtney

    Estates Quality Manager, WWL NHS Foundation Trust

  • May I take this opportunity to commend your team, we have been impressed by their speed of progress and their work ethic is a lesson to many.

    I have taken the opportunity over the last few weeks to solicit feedback on CALCO from a variety of departments on site and everyone without exception has been complimentary.

    Please thank all those involved on our behalf

    Steve Williams

    Engineering Manager, Stepan UK

  • I just wanted to pass on to you how happy we are with the job that Tommy and the boys have done. I know the uneven heights of the ponds and the timescale was problematic, but the finish that we’ve ended up with is I think really exceptional. So nice to see people really taking pride in what they are doing.

    Stewart Plaistow

    Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, Institute of Integrative Biology, The University of Liverpool,

  • The work Calco has carried out for the trust has always been first class I would recommend you to any future clients

    Chris Reynolds

    Estates Manager, Central Manchester Foundation Trust (NHS)

  • Callaghans have been carrying out work for Lancashire cricket Club for over 15 years. They have always offered a friendly service above and beyond what has been expected. The staff have always been courteous and professional and the quality of work has been above expectations.

    Thanks for all your hard work over the years, we look forward to many more.

    Dan Brown

    Head of Operations, Lancashire County Cricket Club

Case Studies

  • Access All Areas

    • Crumpsall
    • Surfacing
    • July-September 2023

    Exemplifying our reputation for undertaking projects to high standards of quality and timeliness, Calco have just completed a major new car park construction at North Manchester General Hospital. Originally scheduled to take 5 months, the…

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  • University of Life

    • Liverpool
    • Landscaping/Surfacing
    • July 2023

    Sustainable and environmentally responsible approaches increasingly figure prominently in the projects Calco undertakes with its clients. A notable case in point is the ongoing programme of improvements to the University of Liverpool campus. The previously…

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  • Castlefield of Green

    • Manchester City Centre
    • Environmental Improvement
    • July 2022

    From March to July 2022 Calco was delighted to be engaged in work to create a landmark environmental improvement in the heart of Manchester. Castlefield Viaduct was once used to bring goods via rail direct…

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  • Porous for Thought

    • Salford
    • Car Park, Porous
    • April 2020

    James Callaghan Sons & Co Ltd have recently completed extensions to 2 carparks for Salford NHS Trust on behalf of our repeat business client, Manchester & Cheshire Construction. With our vast experience in surfacing we were…

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  • Arrow Hits The Target

    Phase 1 car park works have been completed at Arrow XL. The project entailed overlaying the existing concrete trailer yard with a flexible surface course with the provision of new lighting columns, CCTV and fencing….

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  • Bread and Butter as New Car Park completed at Bakery

    • Liverpool
    • Car Park Extension
    • August 2017

    Calco recently completed a 39 car park extension at Allied Bakeries site in Liverpool. The busy Bootle bakery needed additional parking spaces and contacted Calco after an online search. Together with our new client, we…

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  • Northenden War Memorial

    • Northenden
    • Hard Landscaping
    • March 2017
    • £12,000

    On Saturday 24th June, we attended the rededication service for Northenden War Memorial following the refurbishment of the hard landscaping. Working with designer Jane Leach of iArchitect and Quantity Surveyor, Construction Q, Calco undertook works…

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  • Facelift for Trust Headquarters

    • Manchester
    • Surface Treatments
    • October 2016
    • £130,000

    Calco have recently completed the upgrade of the hard landscaping to the front of Cobbett House, a grade 2 Listed building housing the headquarters of the Central Manchester Foundation NHS Trust, with the installation of resin paths,…

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  • Resin Driveway, Alderley Edge

    • Alderley Edge
    • Resin Driveway
    • October 2016
    • £15,000

    Our client, DS Building Projects, specialise in bespoke, high value, new house builds. The brief was to provide a self-draining driveway that complemented and enhanced the sleek, modern house design. We suggested laying a porous…

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  • Driveway Appeal


    • Manchester
    • Resin Driveway
    • September 2015
    • £5000

    Our client wanted to upgrade a tired looking tarmac drive. We offered several different surfacing options before finalising on a porous resin surface. To offer a more distinctive appearance, we suggested highlighting the entrance path…

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  • Building on Solid Foundations

    Qube Spaces

    • Bramhall
    • Groundworks Package to New Build House
    • June 2016
    • £25,000

    Our customer is a high quality building contractor offering an excellent service to private and commercial customers in the Manchester and Cheshire areas. Qube Spaces insist on the best outcomes for their client and act…

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  • A road you can trust

    Seashell Trust

    • Cheadle
    • New Access Road
    • April 2016

    Our client required a new service road within their residential school facility. Due to the poor nature of the existing estate roads within the campus, a full highways specification was required to provide maximum durability…

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  • New Car Park for historic old mill

    Shop Direct

    • Shaw Mill
    • New Car Park
    • July 2014
    • £175,000.00

    We were approached by a potential new client to look at improving their existing car parking on a large Victorian mill site. The existing staff car park was in a poor state of repair with…

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  • A pathway to growing success

    Hillview Primary School

    • Runcorn
    • Outdoor Seating and Garden

    The school contacted us to look at developing an untidy and unutilised area of land. They wanted to create a garden and outdoor teaching area with full DDA accessibility. After meeting on site and discussing…

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