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Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year: Winner

Winner: Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding

When contractor Amco picked up the phone on 6 February 2014 to find the right scaffolding firm to reach Dawlish as quickly as possible as storms battered the rail line and sea wall, it only needed to make one call.

Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding was contacted on a Thursday and by Monday the firm was on site preparing the scaffolding to secure the damaged seafront.

Works comprised scaffolding on the main sea walls, scaffold access to residence properties and a temporary roof over the wall.

The company completed the work just four days later, despite atrocious weather and an army of engineers manning the site under the glare of both the media and the public eye.

The client hailed Chris Sedgeman’s “skill and expertise demonstrated repeatedly in a rapidly changing environment” despite “operatives working in horrific conditions”.

“A very strong health and safety culture and provided a rapid response in a time of adversity at Dawlish, all while finding time to support the local community”

Judges’ comment

Judges said the firm ticked all the boxes for a deserving winner, praising its “strong health and safety culture”, its engagement with local communities, and of course its stand-out response to the emergency work at Dawlish.

Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding has also been keen to work on behalf of the industry to lobby the government for greater training opportunities in the South-west.

When the firm was invited to meet with construction minister Nick Boles following its role at Dawlish, its owners used the opportunity to stress the need for more training centres in the region.

The company has recorded strong financial performance, growing its turnover for the six months to October 2014 to £2.2m, compared with £1.3m for the same period of 2013.

Now the ambitious firm has set its sights on becoming a £5m annual turnover contractor.

This year, Chris Sedgeman expects to boost its workforce with 10 new scaffolders and has purchased adjacent land to its Cornwall headquarters to embark on an expansion as its spreads its workload throughout the region, including taking on a complex job in Bristol.

This marks the second successive year the company has won a Construction News Specialists Award, having landed the 2014 Project of the Year for a subcontract up to £500k for its work on the South Crofty Tin Mine.


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Readers' comments (1)

  • Graeme Sanderson

    What a great example of responsive capability in terrible conditions and under the watchful eye of the media. Well deserved!

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