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Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year: Finalists

From Anfield to Waterloo and from Shakespeare’s theatre to Wimbledon’s No 1 Court, our scaffolding specialists have done some incredible work this past year.

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding Artel Scaffolding

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding Artel Scaffolding

Artel Scaffolding

Artel Scaffolding’s name derives from the phrase ‘the art of elevation’, summing up the company’s aims. A highlight in 2016 saw the specialist company work on Royal Wharf in London, following exemplary work for the same client, Ballymore, at Embassy Gardens.

Its largest project to date saw the installation of 485 vertical metres of hoist run-offs and 175 m of system staircase over a 10-month period. The firm also had zero RIDDORs during 2016 and saw its turnover rise.

BFT Mastclimbing

This independent family owned business has grown its fleet of mast climbing work platforms from 400 to more than 600 in the past 12 months, while also increasing its headcount to more than 60 staff and seeing revenue rise by 35 per cent to £4.8m. This has included adding two new types of machine to its fleet which has benefited customers.

Project highlights include a contract at the new Royal Liverpool Hospital, as well as providing services for the construction of the new Main Stand at Liverpool Football Club.

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding GKR Scaffolding

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding GKR Scaffolding

GKR Scaffolding

Last year saw GKR Scaffolding continue to work on a number of high-profile, challenging projects.

In particular, it was awarded the scaffolding contract for Tottenham Hotspur’s new White Hart Lane development, which included one of the largest single staircase structures built in the UK.

It has also provided scaffolding for the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s redevelopment of its No 1 Court at Wimbledon, and provided works that enabled the modification of the ‘hot box’ around the Mary Rose.

Specialists 2017_Access and Scaffolding_JECS

Specialists 2017_Access and Scaffolding_JECS

JECS Offshore Scaffolding

JECS’ founder, a 36-year-old mother of four children, saw a gap in the offshore scaffolding market, with few contractors specialising in this area – so set up a business to meet that need.

Starting from her kitchen table, the company has grown considerably, boasting a number of prestigious clients in the offshore wind sector in particular.

It has seen off competition from more established competitors to forge a place for itself in a highly competitive market – no mean feat.

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding Tiger

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding Tiger

Tiger Scaffolding

Tiger Scaffolding has undertaken a number of complex projects in the last 12 months, including North Yorkshire County Council’s County Hall. This project, a Grade II-listed building in Northallerton, saw the team provide access without being able to tie any scaffolding onto the building itself.

The resulting free-standing structure acted as support for the temporary roof, meaning that no weight was placed upon the existing roof structures, as per the client’s requirements. Its turnover increased to more than £1m for the first time, a significant achievement for the team.

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding Uni Safe Access

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding Uni Safe Access

Uni-Safe Access

Uni-Safe Access is a specialist contractor providing the installation, maintenance and testing of permanent access equipment to the rooftops of commercial buildings. Since launching in 2011, the firm has secured landmark contracts across the UK, achieving turnover of £1.7m and employing 15 full-time members of staff.

Among its many clients, its work with Network Rail has been a stand-out success, as it has conducted the installation and planned maintenance of permanent access systems at more than 100 railway sites spanning its southern, western and northern routs, including key London stations like Victoria, Paddington, Waterloo, Liverpool Street and Charing Cross.

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding Wellmax

Specialists 2017 Access and Scaffolding Wellmax

WellMax Scaffolding

WellMax decided to specialise in 2016, focusing on more complex projects in and around central London, and moving away from traditional tube and fitting scaffolding.

It has grown steadily and substantially over the past eight years, going from fewer than 20 scaffolders and one lorry just five years go to more than 100 scaffolders and five lorries now.

The company has worked on a number of prestigious projects including 24 King William Street, Camden Town Hall and The Stage – the restoration of the Curtain Theatre, dating back to Shakespeare’s day.

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