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Demolition Specialist of the Year

This category once again recognises contractors taking on some of the technically demanding works in the industry.

AR Demolition Demolition Specialists 2016

AR Demolition Demolition Specialists 2016

AR Demolition

AR Demolition completed over 150 projects in the past 12 months, varying greatly in size and complexity.

Standout achievements include the demolition of a 17-storey block of flats in Halifax and the deconstruction of a large Dairy Crest plant at Crudgington. The firm invested over £4.3m in new plant and equipment last year, with 100 per cent of its plant having the oil quick system in place for increased safety and efficiency.

Cantillon Demolition Specialists 2016

Cantillon Demolition Specialists 2016


Cantillon increased its turnover by around 40 per cent last year thanks to a strong focus on programme management and client satisfaction.

The firm worked on a complex project for the London School of Economics and used a bespoke 651 sq m acoustic shield to reduce the noise impact and maintain students’ learning environment. The noise reduction was so effective that it was actually reduced to a level lower than the pre-demolition background values.

Cuddy Demolition Specialists 2016

Cuddy Demolition Specialists 2016

Cuddy Group

Cuddy has continued to invest to grow its business, spending £5.5m on plant and equipment in the past 12 months and delivering 18,235 hours of training during 2014/15.

The firm works in a range of sectors, including industrial, nuclear, defence, commercial and residential, among others.

A project highlight saw it complete complex demolition works on Windsor Road Bridge in Cardiff for Kier and ultimate client Network Rail.

Erith Demolition Specialists 2016

Erith Demolition Specialists 2016

Erith Contractors

Erith Contractors has seen turnover in its demolition division double in the past 24 months, with 2015 seeing unprecedented levels of demand and activity.

The specialist opened a new office near Blackfriars to service its growing portfolio of London-based clients and achieved an average recycling rate of more than 98 per cent on its demolition activites.

High-profile projects included work at Dungeness A nuclear power station and the London Development Project at LDP Farringdon Street.

PP O Connor Demolition Specialists 2016

PP O Connor Demolition Specialists 2016

PP O’Connor

In autumn 2014 one of the world’s largest chemical companies awarded PP O’Connor the contract to decommission and demolish a large redundant processing plant within its 50-acre site in Cheshire.

The firm has carried out seven major projects on the stie to date, exceeding 17,000 worker-hours within an accident, incident or near-miss, and has recently been appointed as preferred contractor for all future decommissioning and demolition works on the site.

This is just one example of PP O’Connor’s work in 2015 as it continues to grow – with the company also investing £13.4m in new plant and machinery over the past three years.

Scudder Reading Demolition Specialists 2016

Scudder Reading Demolition Specialists 2016


Scudder grew turnover from £24m in 2014 to a projected £40m in 2015, by increasing the size and complexity of its contracts – the firm’s average contract value increased from £1.2m to £4m.

It also diversified into new sectors including residential, transport, education and leisure, and began offering new services on top of traditional demolition and soft stripping, carrying out asset surveys, asbestos removal, utility services management and structural alterations.

And, despite this growth and a significant increase in hours worked, Scudder’s AFR is just 0.01 per cent, with only one RIDDOR in the past 12 months.

Thompson of Prudhoe Demolition Specialists 2016

Thompson of Prudhoe Demolition Specialists 2016

Thompsons of Prudhoe

In 2015, Thompsons of Prudhoe carried out more than 100 demolition projects, ranging in contract value from £1,000 to in excess of £1m, without any major accidents.

This 67-year-old family business has continued to improve, achieving new certifications for its health and safety and energy management systems, and fitting all new machines with cameras to assist operators’ visibility.

The firm also launched a new health surveillance programme for all employees and invested almost £3.5m in new plant and equipment.

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