CMP History

Commercial Underwater Contractors Ltd was formed by Nigel Craddock in 1990 as a Specialist Diving Company.  As a result of two successful contracts involving Beach Groyne Construction, the company diversified into Sheet Steel Pile Installation and the construction of Timber Sea Defence Structures.

The company thereafter was renamed Commercial Marine & Piling Ltd (CMP-Barker Ltd).

In order to gain a competitive advantage in the market, the company invested in technologically advanced equipment and in a well-trained workforce.  This investment along with efficient management of the projects undertaken secured an excellent reputation in the industry.

Repeat business and approaches received through recommendation is a common feature of CMP-Barker Ltd typical workload.  The merging of the companies has provided the opportunity for two long established businesses to operate as one, giving a full National Cover as a highly professional and diverse company in the fields of steel piling and marine construction. CMP-Barkers expertise is renowned and well respected in the industry.

Kim Barker History

Kim Barker Construction was formed in 1989 by Kim Barker as a Civil Engineering Business with specialisation in Steel Sheet Piling Works. James Barker took over the running of the business from his father in 2006 and proceeded to invest in a Modern Fleet of Piling Resources and expanded the business in much the same way that CMP Ltd was growing and developing their own reputation in the North East and North West of the Country.

The two businesses joined forces and formed CMP-Barker in 2009 to undertake one of the largest Sub-Contract packages of Steel Piling works ever awarded, namely the M25 widening between J17 and J21.

Our Ethos is to deliver all our projects with the highest degree of Safety in an Environmental and Sustainably Sound Manner within programme and budget. It is with these goals in mind that we promote CMP-Barker for Early Contractor Involvement in order that our expertise can recognize both risks and opportunities at an early stage in order to provide the most beneficial outcome for the Project, Principle Contractor and Employer.


Nigel Craddock

Managing Director

Nigel has been in and around various aspects of the Construction and Civil Engineering Sector for over 30 years. His initial Involvement was in the Civil and Offshore Diving Industry operating in the UK Inshore Civils sector laying long sea outfall pipes, Harbour works and Bridge Construction and as well as Overseas in Middle East Oil Field Construction Sector.

Nigel Started Commercial Underwater Contractors in 1991 moving more into Sea Defence and General Sheet Piling. During the last decade he has been involved in some of the most prestigious sheet piling projects and marine piling & construction projects throughout the UK and entered into a joint venture with Kim Barker Construction Ltd in 2009 for the M25 Motorway widening project. This then paved the way for the formal merging of CMP-Barker Ltd.

James Barker

Operations Director

James has worked in the Civil Engineering Industry for 19 years, predominantly specialising within steel and timber piling. James worked for Kim Barker Construction and Commercial Marine and Piling Ltd, before forming CMP-Barker Ltd.

James has worked on some of the largest steel piling projects the UK has ever completed, such as the Channel Tunnel rail link project, London Olympics 2012 and the M25 motorway widening scheme plus many others.

James has worked alongside the UK’s largest and most prestigious blue chip contractors within the construction sector.

Tim Dawson

Piling Manager

Tim Dawson has been working within the steel piling business since 1988.

He started out learning his trade within Dawson Piling, a family business started by his Grandfather back in the 1940’s, and after the sale of the business in 2000 joined Commercial Marine and Piling later to become CMP-Barker Ltd.

Tim’s experience covers all forms of pile driving including telescopic leader rigs , side-grip vibrating hammers, conventional piling and silent/vibrationless piling.
He has worked on projects throughout the UK covering all aspects of civil engineering.

Carl Humphries

Contract Manager

Carl joined CMP-Barker Ltd two years ago, and is currently employed as Contracts Manager, preparing and overseeing various sub contract operations. Carl has worked in and around the piling industry for the past forty years, with experience in all forms of steel and timber piling, both marine and land based throughout the entire of the UK with involvement on projects from Tender to Completion.

Brian Todd

Estimating / Contracts Manager

With 40 Years in the Civil Engineering Contracting Industry working in Project and Contract Management, Brian has a 22 year association with Kim Barker Construction and CMP-Barker Ltd.

Brian has worked on a wide variety of Construction Projects including Local Authority Work, Refineries, Ports, Rail, Highways, Prison, Chemical and Industrial Plants, Commercial Properties along with numerous Blue Chip Main Contractors.

Rachael Strong

HSQE Manager

Employed within CMP-Barker Ltd in the position of HSQE Manager with overall responsibility for the management, implementation, monitoring & improvement of the Company Management System.

A highly disciplined, enthusiastic and experienced Manager who has worked within the Construction and Civil Engineering Industry for 9 years, and after having gained a wide range of experience within multiple disciplines has transitioned into the role of Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental.