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Demolition Specialist of the Year

Anthony O’Connor & Sons

Anthony O'Connor&Sons

Anthony O’Connor & Sons has grown rapidly in the past year, taking on a number of challenging projects across the UK, including the demolition of central Manchester landmark, the Labour Employment Exchange on Aytoun Street.

In addition, the firm commissioned and built its own bespoke machine, which it says is the world’s first 50-tonne telescopic ultra-high-reach excavator – reaching 18 storeys high.

AR Demolition

AR Demolition

AR Demolition’s turnover expanded from £8m to £15m in 2014, resulting in 14 new employees, £184,000 invested in training and £784,000 invested in plant and equipment.

In partnership with sister company AR Aggregates, the firm recycles 99.05 per cent of waste generated, and the company is also the preferred emergency response contractor for Leicester City Council, resulting in high-pressure and often dangerous work.

The firm delivered the demolition of the Belgrave Flyover in Leicester city centre last year, spanning one of the busiest junctions and roundabouts.



In 2014, Cantillon expanded the business with a new asbestos division, and focused further on developing its green status and working practices.

The firm met and exceeded its safety expectations thanks to further training, and it has invested in new equipment that has helped increase both safety and sustainability levels. Turnover increased by 60 per cent and the firm’s order book for 2015 is already 60 per cent full.

Dem-Master Demolition

 Dem-Master Demolition

Dem-Master Demolition continued to grow in 2014, building on relationships with both public and private sector clients, and adding a number of framework agreements to its portfolio, including with Dundee and Midlothian City Councils.

The firm has employed 10 per cent of its workforce through community benefits initiatives, 5 per cent of which are undergoing their two-year demolition apprenticeship with the NFDC.

The company has had zero major, or reportable, incidents in the past three years.

Erith Contractors


Erith has continued to invest in the professional development of its workforce, and has launched a new Safe Urban Driving Course to adapt to the particular challenges and road safety issues that occur when working in London.

2014 also saw the completion of phase one of the £10m London Development Project, which has seen a recycling/re-use rate of over 98 per cent and extensive local employment in line with client requirements. The firm also expanded from 315 to over 400 employees last year.


Hydrodemolition specialist RGL has seen growth in almost all areas in 2014, including: number of enquiries; jobs won and completed; turnover; and profit.

Health and safety has been a strong focus, with project innovation on schemes for Crossrail leading to high levels of quality and customer satisfaction, with the use of semi-robotic cutting equipment capable of providing solutions that were previously unachievable.

Squibb Group

With almost 70 years’ experience, Squibb Group has performed well recently, doubling its turnover to circa £40m in the last three years.

In 2013, Squibb Group was awarded a £10m contract at the former News International House in Wapping, and 2014 has also seen a number of contracts won with high-profile industrial clients including Alcoa and Magnox.

The award of the Celanese Acetate Chemical Complex in Spondon was particularly stringent on health and safety, leading to a 12-week lead-in for HSE planning with the client.

Thompsons of Prudhoe

The winner of last year’s Demolition Specialist of the Year went on to have a successful 2014.

The highlight of the year, in project terms, was the successful nine-month, four-stage tender of a five-year project to demolish, recycle and sell as high-quality aggregate all of the concrete site structures and filter beds at a former wastewater treatment plant in West Yorkshire.

This amounted to 500,000 tonnes of aggregate filter media.

Overall, Thompsons achieves a recycling rate of 97 per cent thanks to its capital renewal programme, and worked on 101 demolition projects in 2014.

Wessex Demolition & Salvage


Wessex Demolition celebrated its 20th year in business last year. In this milestone year, the firm posted record turnover and profit, and made its largest investment in plant and equipment so far, at around £500,000.

An exemplar project was the demolition of five blocks of flats in Meadow Road, Worthing, which was opposed by local residents.

Wessex worked hard to engage with locals and alleviate concerns, and in the end did not receive a single complaint during the project, which was completed on time.

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