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Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year: Finalists

These scaffolding specialists have all worked on some of the biggest projects in the country, and have brought something a little extra to what are already complex builds.

AFI Access specialists 19

AFI Access specialists 19

AFI Group

Powered-access rental specialist AFI Group has invested more than £60m in its equipment over the last five years.

The contractor says its business model is “buy-well, rent-well, sell-well”, and has managed to attract a wide customer base, with its largest client contributing to only 2 per cent of group revenue.

AFI says its scale, combined with regular fleet investments and sourcing from its equipment sales function, has driven greater buying power and competitive advantage.

Equipment rental is the core revenue stream, and the company says its specialist focus drives high levels of group-wide efficiency.

Benchmark Access specialists 19

Benchmark Access specialists 19

Benchmark Scaffolding

Benchmark Scaffolding has enjoyed four years of back-to-back turnover growth. The contractor recorded a £3m revenue increase and says it is on track to repeat the feat in 2019.

The scaffolder has been on several major projects over the last 12 months, including working for Shepley Engineering on the Houses of Parliament.

Benchmark also secured the access contract with Aspire Defence on its Dorset project, which started last year and is scheduled to run for another three years.

The specialist was also selected by Mace to work on Battersea, while Sisk brought the contractor onto its Canada Court residential development in Wembley.

Brogan Access specialists 19

Brogan Access specialists 19

Brogan Group

Scaffolding and access specialist Brogan Group launched two new services over the course of 2018, which the contractor says have a “massive impact” on productivity and efficiency: common user towers and Brogan crane decks.

Brogan also launched the ‘colossus’ hoist, which the contractor says in the largest of its kind in the UK.

Brogan has also worked on some flagship projects over the course of the last 12 months, including Battersea phase two, Canary Wharf’s residential development Wood Wharf, the Scalpel, 101 George Street and Battersea Phase three.

Craven Access specialists 19

Craven Access specialists 19

Craven Scaffolding

By its own admission, Craven Scaffolding’s experience with large commercial project before 2018 “was nothing to be envied”, but the specialist embarked on a five-year development strategy at the start of the year which has borne fruit over the last 12 months.

Craven was selected to provide scaffolding access on the Sir Charles Groves Hall in Manchester, a £450k project that involved a full internal and external scaffold with complex beam sections, unconventional tie patterns and multiple logistical challenges.

The scaffold was erected for the removal of ACM containing materials on a the mid-rise student accommodation building.

Lee Marley Access specialists 19

Lee Marley Access specialists 19

Lee Marley

Lee Marley’s scaffold division was established in 2002 and become an established name in the scaffolding trade.

The specialist is currently working for Ballymore at Nine Elms on an access scheme worth £4.7m to the contractor. Lee Marley has constructed a hanging scaffold to facilitate the installation of a sky pool, which spans two buildings is 100 ft high.

The scaffolder is also working on the Kidbrooke Village phase three for Berkeley Homes, and at the Deptford Timber Yard for Lendlease ­– both projects are worth more than £2m to Lee Marley.

PHD Access specialists 19

PHD Access specialists 19

PHD Modular Access Services

PHD Modular worked on several notable projects in 2018.

The specialist was chosen by Sir Robert McAlpine to handle the scaffolding work currently around Big Ben, on the Houses of Parliament.

The complicated scaffold design required 24,000 individual components – the contractor believes it is the tallest freestanding scaffold in the UK.

PDH Modular also worked for Barrats on the Harrow Square scheme and Anthology / John Sisk on the Deptford Foundy project, both of which are adjacent to live rail lines and had restricted access.

QF Access specialists 19

QF Access specialists 19

QFS Scaffolding

QFS has worked on several high-profile jobs in the last few years, with the firm about to count Battersea Power Station phases two and three, 100 Liverpool Street and Lots Road Power station among its jobs.

But it was the work the scaffolder did on the 190 m-high Scalpel skyscraper in London’s financial district, that it is most keen to shout about.

QFS trailed and manufactured steel tethers and attachments to mitigate the risk of falling materials. This included the design and manufacture of a bespoke board tethering clamp that was used throughout the project.

Wellmax Access specialists 19

Wellmax Access specialists 19

WellMax Scaffolding

The last year has been about ensuring ongoing sustainability and growth for WellMax Scaffolding, which has worked on some notable projects.

The specialist was selected by ISG to provide access on the £160m fit-out project at Goldman Sachs London headquarters. Work began at the start of 2018 and is scheduled to run into the early part of this year.

The project involves a range of scaffold structures, starting with basic access scaffolds through to more complex structures like bespoke staircases, birdcages and substantial lifting frames, WellMax says.

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