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Building Services Specialist of the Year: Finalists

Our seven finalists have shown best practice in services provision across some the UK’s most high-profile and challenging projects.

Specialists 2017 Building Services AC Wilgar

Specialists 2017 Building Services AC Wilgar

AC Wilgar

AC Wilgar is a plumbing and heating company entirely focused on the one-off domestic market.

Last year stood out for the firm thanks to the return on investment achieved on its in-house web-based CRM complete with an engineer-friendly iOS app, which has helped increase customer satisfaction levels and profit. The firm has invested in excess of 5 per cent of its turnover in technology and innovation – a significant proportion for a business of its size.

Specialists 2017 Building Services Briggs and Forrester

Specialists 2017 Building Services Briggs and Forrester

Briggs and Forrester

Briggs and Forrester has been involved in a range of high-profile schemes in the past year, including new hospital, care home and research projects.

These have included the Atherleigh Park mental health facility near Manchester, educational facilities including the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster, and its largest ever contracts for high-end London residential developments such as the 50-storey Principal Tower and One Blackfriars projects. Its turnover has continued to rise, reaching £190m, and it has shown exemplary performance in health and safety.

Specialists 2017 Building Services Bull Products

Specialists 2017 Building Services Bull Products

Bull Products

Bull Products is an independently owned manufacturer and importer of life-saving products for the construction industry.

Its core range of products includes fire protection, fall arrest equipment, environmental products and first aid solutions.

The company’s Cygnus Wireless Alarm System has been used by a number of major contractors on high-profile projects, including by Canary Wharf Contractors at Wood Wharf, by Laing O’Rourke on the Westgate Shopping Centre redevelopment in Oxford, and by Mace on One Angel Court in London.

Specialists 2017 Building Services Cuddy

Specialists 2017 Building Services Cuddy

Cuddy Environmental

Cuddy Environmental was set up in 2012 as a division of Cuddy Demolition and Dismantling to be a standalone, self-sufficient business carrying out asbestos and hazardous waste removal works.

The business has expanded ever since, increasing turnover by 290 per cent in that time. The firm has also struck out successfully on its own, reducing its reliance on work from its sister company (while still completing contracts for them).

Cuddy has won numerous training awards and says it is the only company to currently have two of its management team achieve fellowship of the Asbestos Removal Management Institute.

Specialists 2017 Building Services Dodd

Specialists 2017 Building Services Dodd

Dodd Group

Last year was a record-breaking trading year for Dodd Group, with turnover rising from £78m in 2014 to £100m in 2016.

Landmark projects secured and on site included Wolverhampton Civic Centre and Southampton’s New Arts Centre, as well as one of the UK’s largest-ever educational refurbishments at the International Academy in Northampton.

The firm also secured the heating and electrical works on the UK’s largest social housing maintenance contract for Birmingham City Council, also the group’s largest single domestic maintenance contract to date.

Specialists 2017 Building Services JS Wright

Specialists 2017 Building Services JS Wright

J S Wright & Co

J S Wright’s headcount reached a new peak of 150 in 2016, 35 per cent of whom are current or former J S Wright apprentices, with the company’s apprentice academy welcoming its 40th new recruit last year.

Their hard work enabled the firm to achieve record turnover during 2015/16 of more than £30m, made up predominantly of repeat business.

The company has a strong track record in deploying the latest technologies on projects, too, winning further work as a result.

Specialists 2017 Building Services Priddy

Specialists 2017 Building Services Priddy

Priddy Engineering Services

Priddy restructured its management team in 2016, alongside further investment in staff and training.

The company built stronger ties with local colleges and schools to promote vocational training and apprenticeships, including holding an employers’ forum with Weston College and its trade association, the Building Engineering Services Association.

Priddy has also invested in health and safety, engaging an independent consultant to advise on this area and sit in on the company’s wellbeing meetings.

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