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Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year – Finalists

This year’s award is contested by firms of varying sizes, all of whom have demonstrated innovation and flexibility.

Chris Sedgeman Kresen Kernow 7

Chris Sedgeman Kresen Kernow 7

Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding

A Cornwall-based family company established in 1996, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding has steadily grown to a £2.7m-turnover business with 54 employees. Founder Chris Sedgeman serves as managing director and his right-first-time ethos continues to run through the company today.

The past 12 months have seen the firm work on Cornwall’s new archive centre Kresen Kernow and an upgrade to Penzance’s Longrock Railway Depot. The company has also demonstrated a proactive approach to health and safety, with no RIDDORs recorded over the past three years.

Controlled Scaffolding

Controlled Scaffolding prides itself on its commitment to health and safety standards and staff development. The business has an annual turnover of £2.9m and employs 35 members of staff, with management seeking to ensure the company’s drivers and labourers are given the same opportunities to learn and develop as its site staff.

One of its project highlights was the erection of an 86 m HAKI staircase for the £200m Three Snowhill office development in Birmingham, which was believed to be the tallest temporary structure in the city. 

Specialists Awards 2018 Access and Scaffolding GKR Scaffolding

Specialists Awards 2018 Access and Scaffolding GKR Scaffolding

GKR Scaffolding

Winners of this category in last year’s awards, GKR Scaffolding has not rested on its laurels, pioneering the use of virtual reality to encourage behavioural changes in its operatives’ approach to health and safety.

The company continues to work on high-profile projects such as Wimbledon Court One, One Angel Court and the ongoing work on Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium. GKR reported strong financial results in 2017, with annual turnover growing by 34 per cent to £28m, while profitability increased by 54.5 per cent to 6.8m.

Specialists Awards 2018_Access and Scaffolding_JECS Offshore Scaffolding

Specialists Awards 2018_Access and Scaffolding_JECS Offshore Scaffolding

JECS Offshore Scaffolding

Established three years ago by a mother of four with a budget of £3,000, specialist scaffolder JECS services the European offshore wind industry.

The company recorded an annual turnover of £230,000 in its first year of trading, rising to £640,000 in its second year and has now eclipsed its £1.2m target for year three, with revenue expected to hit £1.9m.

The specialist now counts several major firms among its client base including Dong, E.ON, Engie and TenneT.

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Specialists Awards 2018_Access and Scaffolding_PHD Modular_Drone Stills QEOP

Specialists Awards 2018_Access and Scaffolding_PHD Modular_Drone Stills QEOP

PHD Modular Access Services

PHD has been involved in three major projects over the past 12 months as its turnover nearly doubled from £10m in 2016 to £19m in 2017.

The firm helped the London Stadium switch between hosting football to concerts and then athletics; it worked with Berkeley Homes to make 68 apartments available on the Kensington Row development following the Grenfell fire; and it provided the scaffolding for a high-profile London heritage project. Despite the variety of challenges involved, the company worked successfully on all three projects at the same time.

Specialists Awards 2018 Access and Scaffolding Premier Technical Services Group

Specialists Awards 2018 Access and Scaffolding Premier Technical Services Group

Premier Technical Services Group

PTSG is one of the largest providers of facade access and fall arrest equipment services in the UK, with an estimated annual turnover of £52m for 2017 and boasting a team of 650.

The company found a solution for cleaning the St Paul’s City Lofts in Sheffield – the city’s tallest building. The tower was described as “uncleanable” according to PTSG, as high winds made the use of its building maintenance unit impossible. PTSG’s teams repurposed the BMU for deeper, irregular cleans and installed dozens of eyebolts to enable rope access maintenance on the site, allowing the team to clean the building.

Specialists Awards 2018 Access and Scaffolding QFS Scaffolding

Specialists Awards 2018 Access and Scaffolding QFS Scaffolding

QFS Scaffolding

QFS Scaffolding was commissioned to provide access and scaffold solutions for Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment. 

The client tasked the scaffolder with developing a solution that could provide access to the facade retention scheme, the layout of which changed with every lift.

QFS built a 4 m-wide, 150 m-long scaffold that could support two Brokk demolition machines along the full internal facade of the project’s east wall. The firm successfully delivered the solution, which was one of the most challenging elements of work its team was handed at Battersea. 

Specialists Awards 2018 Access and Scaffolding WellMax

Specialists Awards 2018 Access and Scaffolding WellMax

WellMax Scaffolding

Its most recent results saw turnover increase by 9.9 per cent and profit by 23 per cent at WellMax Scaffolding, which carries out the majority of its work in central London.

The majority of the firm’s projects – 73 per cent – completed in past 12 months came from either repeat business or referrals, reflecting strong client relationships. Welfare has also been a clear focus, with the company’s health surveillance initiative supporting site workers in terms of physical fitness and training opportunities.

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