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Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year: Winner

Winner: PHD Modular Access Services

The judges were blown away by PHD Modular Access’ entry this year, describing it as an example of a high-performing business from top to bottom.

In what was an extremely tight contest, PHD edged out its competitors with consistently exceptional standards across all the criteria.

It was clear that the company’s core values genuinely underpinned its operations, and this was conveyed throughout what was a very engaging presentation to the judges.

PHD’s fundamentals are strong and the firm’s rapid growth over the last few years backs this up: the company expanded from a £10m business in 2016 to a turnover of £19m in 2017.

It is now expecting to hit £26m for 2018, reflecting an increase in work with new clients but also repeat business with satisfied customers, as the judges noted.

The company set out a sensible strategy and clear goals for the future as it works towards a turnover of £30m. PHD also displayed its ability to tackle an array of challenging and high-profile projects that served as excellent examples of industry best practice.

”PHD showed consistently high performance. The company shows continued growth, has a number of highly impressive projects and its clients are clearly satisfied”

Judges’ comment

Among these was PHD’s work with Project7 Construction to transform the London Stadium, helping the arena switch between hosting football to concerts to world athletics championships.

However, arguably the most significant project across the entries was the work PHD did following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The judges said the work the company delivered with Berkeley Homes in making homes available at the Kensington Row development for those affected by the tragedy was an example of how the construction industry could help.

The fact that both these schemes were delivered at the same time shows how adaptable this company is.

Its use of 3D modelling as well as other practical technologies reflects a company that is taking the industry forward, while PHD demonstrated a stand-out commitment to training for a company of its size, impressing the judges by having brought 20 apprentices through its ranks.

The firm also boasts an excellent health and safety record, having suffered only one RIDDOR in the past two years, and drew praise for its attitude to reporting.

Such “consistently high performance” left the judges in no doubt who should be named Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year.


  • Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding
  • Controlled Scaffolding
  • GKR Scaffolding
  • JECS Offshore Scaffolding
  • Premier Technical Services Group
  • QFS Scaffolding
  • WellMax Scaffolding

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