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Demolition Specialist of the Year: Finalists

Demolition is the enabler for any major project to get under way – and these eight specialists are the cream of the crop.

Specialists 2017 Demolition ADM Regeneration

Specialists 2017 Demolition ADM Regeneration

ADM Regeneration

ADM Regeneration expanded into the demolition and remediation of large-scale projects in 2016, pioneering unique techniques. This was particularly evident in the decontamination, demolition and regeneration of the former Turner & Newall asbestos cement products manufacturing facility in Widnes, one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

ADM’s work on this highly challenging 10 ha site achieved total contract savings of £12m for the client and significantly increased the value of the land. Turnover at the firm has risen significantly over the past three years, with ADM securing 95 per cent repeat business.

Specialists 2017 Demolition AR Demolition

Specialists 2017 Demolition AR Demolition

AR Demolition

Last year’s winners AR Demolition completed in excess of 150 projects in the 12 months prior to entering the CN Specialists Awards 2017, varying in size and complexity.

In 2016, the business made its two biggest investments in health and safety to date, appointing a new head of health, safety and environment, and purchasing brand new plant and equipment solely for the use of newly recruited apprentices. The business has continued to grow, with AR working with new clients all the time and achieving a 98.1 per cent recycling rate across its projects.

Specialists 2017 Demolition Erith Contractors

Specialists 2017 Demolition Erith Contractors

Erith Contractors

Erith Contractors completed the £37m London Development Project demolition at Farringdon Street in 2016 and took on work at Stanhope Gate in Westminster, Marble Arch Tower and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

It has also begun to branch out internationally, undertaking a €30m demolition of a former pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Dublin.

Despite its growth and continued delivery of high-profile projects, the business has managed to maintain an average recycling rate of 98 per cent and achieved zero reportable incidents across all operations.

Specialists 2017 Demolition H Smith

Specialists 2017 Demolition H Smith

H Smith (Engineers)

Last year was one of major growth for H Smith (Engineers), with turnover up by more than 50 per cent and a strong order book put in place for the future.

Health and safety has been a particular focus, with the business achieving AFR and DIFR rates of zero despite worker-hours exceeding 170,000.

An exemplar project was the demolition of the 26-storey Natwest Tower at 26 Colmore Row, London, which presented a number of considerable challenges that the team overcame successfully.

Specialists 2017 Demolition John F Hunt Demolition

Specialists 2017 Demolition John F Hunt Demolition

John F Hunt Demolition

Last year was a record one in terms of profit and turnover for John F Hunt Demolition, with turnover reaching £61.6m, up from £32.2m the previous year.

The firm spent 1.6 per cent of its turnover on training in 2016, and has continued to refine its waste and recycling processes to ensure that the utmost care is taken for the environment.

A stand-out job was the demolition of two heavily reinforced concrete reactor buildings at Bradwell Power Station for Magnox, which marked the first time demolition had ever been carried out within a radiation-controlled area anywhere in the UK.

Specialists 2017 Demolition Keltbray

Specialists 2017 Demolition Keltbray


Keltbray celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016, growing to become a £350m-turnover business in that time – and increasing turnover by 28 per cent from 2015, too.

Demolition and civil engineering are the largest businesses within the Keltbray Group, with the firm working on many iconic and complex projects, including London Bridge station, Battersea Power Station and Earls Court.

The latter included the demolition of Earls Court exhibition halls 1 and 2, which was one of the largest demolition projects undertaken in the UK, tackled in a densely populated residential area of central London, with major interfaces over passenger rail lines.

Specialists 2017 Demolition R Collard

Specialists 2017 Demolition R Collard

R Collard

R Collard celebrated its 21st birthday in 2016 – and it was also the year that a number of strategic initiatives bore fruit for the business.

The firm saw turnover rise by 19 per cent to £12.5m, along with a significant increase in profit, while it gained 12 new clients.

The company spends £3m per annum on lorry and plant purchases, and recently invested £1m in a new HQ, £2.5m in a state-of-the-art plant washing facility, and £2m in a new materials recycling facility.

Specialists 2017 Demolition Wooldridge Demolition

Specialists 2017 Demolition Wooldridge Demolition

Wooldridge Demolition

Wooldridge Demolition strives to conduct business in an open, collaborative and flexible way, completing a range of projects on time and to budget last year – with customers kept satisfied.

The firm introduced innovative new technology to carry out floor-load testing last year, using non-destructive testing to pre-determined loads according to the demolition equipment intended for use.

Health and safety has always been a priority, too, with the firm achieving zero RIDDORs during more than 430,000 hours worked between 2010 and 2015 – with just nine non-reportable accidents during that period.

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