About Us

Our History

James Callaghan Sons and Co Ltd was established in 1986 by James Callaghan. He used his extensive experience and contacts in the construction industry to develop a small but thriving civil engineering firm initially concentrating in the private sector. The business soon developed a reputation for quality and reliability at a competitive price and, on the back of this, was able to start tendering for larger contracts for commercial clients and in the public sector. Today, the business is still family run and managed, and carries out contracts across a variety of sectors, including health and education.


Health Sector

In 1993, a major break-through was achieved with acceptance on to the newly formed North West NHS Consortium, a list of approved contractors working for and with The NHS. This enabled the business to rapidly expand its client base, quickly establishing links with several local hospitals and NHS Trusts. To this day, health is still a core sector for the business, working alongside several NHS Trusts including; Stockport, Pennine Care, GMW, South Manchester University Hospitals, 5 Boroughs Partnership, East Cheshire, Greater Manchester West Mental Health and The Christie, to name just a few.


This solid client base in the health sector gave the business the foundation to flourish in other areas of the public sector and by the mid-1990’s the company was working for several Local Authorities, with a particular emphasis in the area of education. Annual contracts were awarded for resurfacing school playgrounds in Bolton and Trafford. As school budgets have become more autonomous, contracts are no longer centrally awarded but we have managed to maintain and grow our partnerships directly with local schools and this sector continues to grow from strength to strength. We also work for several North West based Universities, including Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Liverpool where we maintain and develop the roads and footpaths across very large and varied campus sites. All our employees have been DBS checked and are used to working in live school and education establishments. We understand their specific needs and always plan our work to minimise the impact on their operations.

Commercial and Industrial


With Trafford Park, one of the largest industrial parks in the world on our doorstep, this sector is one we would find hard to ignore. Over the years we have worked on a wide spread of contracts from foundations for new build warehouses to yard maintenance, and have been lucky enough to grow and maintain relationships with a variety of clients; from small, private companies, to large, Blue Chip, national and multi-national firms including; Kelloggs, Lancashire County Cricket Club, CBRE, Shop Direct and International Timber. We deal with both individual site managers and with facilities managers looking after a portfolio of assets. We offer a responsive site survey and quotation service and will always offer what we believe is the best solution to meet our clients requirements. We believe this is why our customers keep requesting our services.


As well as building and developing our relationships in the public sector, we haven’t forgotten our roots. We still work actively with individual clients on driveway and landscaping projects. With knowledge gleaned from working with professionals in the public sector, we can offer the latest products and services not readily available to homeowners. For example, we now undertake resin bound surfacing contracts in the domestic market which until recently just wasn’t an affordable option for most. By investing in training and development, we can now offer this product to private clients at a price which we believe is the most competitive around. Please call for a free, no obligation quotation.

Partnering and Framework

As the building trade evolves, we have always tried to stay abreast of developments. Facilities management has become ever more prevalent, with large national and multi-national companies overseeing the maintenance of client sites in various public, retail and commercial sectors. By implementing thorough management processes and procedures, we are able to apply for approved contractor status on many such contracts. We currently work alongside several facilities management organisations including Amey, Integral and Engie. The sites can vary from public gardens and parks, to cemeteries, community centres and town halls, each with its own specific requirements. We believe our experience working in such diverse environments has developed a unique adaptability to plan and work with our clients to achieve their objectives whilst minimising any potential disruption.

Our People

We are a family firm specialising in civil engineering and surfacing projects, with a dedicated and hardworking team. Our skilled, in-house operatives have all the necessary experience and training to complete often complex projects on time and to budget. They are ably supported by a professional management team with a wide cross section of construction industry knowledge and experience.


Our employee turnover is low, with average staff employment over 10 years. Our regular customers are pleased to see the same faces on job after job, from site operatives to contract’s managers. We have sons who have followed their fathers into the business, as well as brothers working alongside brothers. As well as passing down detailed knowledge and experience, this family ethos forges a tight, team work ethic, with an enthusiastic and conscientious crew who want the best outcome for our customers. That is why clients trust us and return to James Callaghan Sons and Co time and time again.

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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