Our Long & Proud History

Established in 1994 we’re now one of the largest privately owned demolition and waste management businesses in the UK

From humble beginnings

Our founder Robert Collard has worked in and around waste and haulage since he was a boy, growing up on his fathers’ farm and working with him full time in his waste business.

In his early 20s Robert broke out on his own as a mobile truck mechanic, servicing lorries and farm equipment. In time, Robert was in a position to purchase his own small truck and a JCB 3C digger and spent time as an owner/driver, including providing haulage and plant services for the likes of Costain, building the M3 motorway. In 1994 he established R Collard Ltd as a sole trader business focusing primarily on demolition.

Since then the company has grown and diversified into one of the largest privately owned national demolition contractors and waste management businesses in the south. With over 400 employees we turn over more than £60m.

Our services include demolition, asbestos removal, remediation, earthworks, waste management, recycling, virgin and recycled aggregates as well as an award-winning ready mix concrete made using recycled aggregates.

The company has the capacity to process over a million tonnes of waste at nine recycling centres across five counties (Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire), and offers demolition services nationwide.

Four Generations: a timeline of success

Post Second World War

Frederick Collard, Robert’s granddad, starts food waste collection business


Robert’s dad, Michael, operates landfill site on the farm in Eversley. Robert, just a boy, works daily with his dad

Early 1980s

Michael Collard starts waste collection business – M Collard Ltd


Robert becomes sole trader (RJC Services) providing mobile plant repairs


Robert establishes R Collard Ltd and buys first lorry and digger, both second hand. Completes first major demolition job – client: Bloor Homes


Wins first £1M demolition project: The Sun Printing Works at Watford


Buys first waste plant and enters skip hire market


R Collard joins the National Federation of Demolition Contractors


Multi-million pound investment in waste shed, MRF and aggregate wash plant


Major acquisition: purchase of M Collard Ltd


Robert Collard appointed Chair of NFDC (London and Southern Counties)


Wins Demolition Contract of the Year at British Demolition Awards


Major acquisition: purchase of Raymond Brown Waste Solutions

BSI Kitemark for ready mix concrete / state-of-the-art concrete plant


Collard Group established with four new operating divisions: Contracting, Environmental, Aggregates, Ready Mix Concrete


Double win at National Recycling Awards

FORS Gold Standard


Collard Group acquires asbestos management company - Amiante STR Ltd