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Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year: Winner

Winner: GKR Scaffolding

Delivering excellence across all areas of its business saw GKR Scaffolding scoop the gong in what was a fiercely contested category.

Established in 1994 and growing to more than 300 employees today, GKR has set out a vision to be the UK’s leading scaffolding firm, providing solutions at every stage of a project while also being seen as an exceptional employer providing a great place to work.

The past 12 months have been an outstanding period for the company, during which it has engaged in several high-profile projects.

These include Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium in north London, on which GKR provided one of the largest scaffold staircases in Europe as part of a complex and extremely time-pressured programme.

It also took on a highly sensitive job at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, erecting an accessible scaffold around the preserved vessel that had to protect it while demolition works were undertaken for a viewing gallery. 

Another stand-out scheme is under way at Wimbledon for the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which is overseeing extensive work to No 1 Court to deliver extra seating and a retractable roof.

GKR has delivered steady growth in repeat business backed by high levels of customer satisfaction among existing clients such as Mace, Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine.

“GKR has delivered complex projects, improved its carbon footprint and offered work opportunities to the disadvantaged. The firm delivered on all points”

Judges’ comment

The firm continues to invest in its capabilities, bringing in a new fleet of Euro 6 standard lorries for materials transportation, while rolling out an upgraded tracking system that monitors driving behaviours – helping to further reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs.

One particular area where GKR stood out for the judging panel was health and safety.

As part of its occupational health programme, the business is implementing safety-critical medicals for all operatives. These medicals are carried out in a specially adapted van by occupational health service providers on visits to the firm’s sites. 

Commitment to training represented another critical area in which GKR is raising the bar for both its sector and the wider industry.

The GKR Academy opened in 2014 – believed to be a first in the scaffolding sector – and last year saw its first graduation evening for trained supervisors.

Its graduates have achieved qualifications in leadership and team skills accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, while 12 new supervisors have already begun the first module for year two of Delivering Leadership and Management Skills.

This comprehensive set of achievements left judges in no doubt that GKR Scaffolding stood out as the outstanding access and scaffolding specialist in the market.

Finalists

  • Artel Scaffolding 
  • BFT Mastclimbing
  • JECS Offshore Scaffolding
  • Tiger Scaffolding 
  • Uni-Safe Access
  • WellMax Scaffolding

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