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Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year: Finalists

These ground engineering finalists have invested significantly in raising standards, rolling out innovation and delivering state-of-the-art training.

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Aarsleff

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Aarsleff

Aarsleff Ground Engineering

Aarsleff celebrated its 25th year of trading last year, continuing to operate an ‘open door’ policy for all staff in its approach to management to foster an inclusive and happy workplace.

The company was awarded its largest-ever piling project to date in 2016, installing more than 14,000 piles for a mega-shed in Bristol. Aarsleff continued to grow by acquiring A&J Geotechnical, combining its driven piling expertise with further ground engineering capabilities.

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Bachy Soletanche

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Bachy Soletanche

Bachy Soletanche

With a turnover of £92m in 2016, Bachy Soletanche continued to grow and surpassed its targeted turnover in the southern region by more than 30 per cent.

The company has successfully delivered a number of projects including work at Wood Wharf in London, the Mersey Gateway, Project Satellite in Manchester, Crossrail and Greenwich Peninsula. In addition, during the summer of 2016 the firm mobilised to its first site on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project at Chambers Wharf.

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering BBGE

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering BBGE

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering grew in size and ambition in 2016, following a record year in 2015.

It became the first piling business to install 360-degree all-vision cameras on all of its rigs, addressing one of its biggest site risks and inspiring record levels of engagement with near-miss and hazard reporting.

The team worked on installing 173 plunge columns at a site in Nine Elms, London (one of the biggest piling projects in the UK in 2016), continuing to grow both profit and turnover year on year.

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Cementation Skanska

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Cementation Skanska

Cementation Skanska

Cementation Skanska had another strong year in 2016, completing projects across the country for a range of clients.

This has seen the firm expand its regional presence considerably, to the point where more than 50 per cent of its turnover now comes from outside of London.

Cementation Skanska also became the first piling contractor to be BIM Level 2-compliant, and its focused business plan for the future aims to carry on a culture of continuous growth.

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Erith

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Erith

Erith Contractors

Erith Contractors completed its largest and most comprehensive ground engineering project to date in 2016.

Following on from the successful demolition package at the London Development Project on Farringdon Street, it was subsequently awarded the follow-on phase three advanced works package, which included a complex piling solution.

Occupying a 10,370 sq m footprint, it was the largest project in the City of London at the time, and showed off Erith’s high quality of work.

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Keltbray

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Keltbray

Keltbray Piling

In the 12 months covered by these submissions, Keltbray Piling had delivered all of its projects on time, and embraced the role of principal contractor on a number of schemes including at 150 Bishopsgate, London.

The firm’s focus on training is shown by the fact that it had 10 graduates on its books out of 50 permanent staff, with four out of 60 site staff on apprenticeships.

The business grew turnover by 30 per cent to £47m, also increasing profit substantially, and delivered its largest-ever piling contract at Battersea Power Station.

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering MJ Rooney

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering MJ Rooney

M J Rooney Construction

M J Rooney Construction has completed a number of very complex ground engineering projects in the last year, from double-storey basements under three new dwellings (below listed structures), to taking over and rectification works of small basements where others have failed (as filmed by Channel 4’s Grand Designs in 2016).

This latter job was one of the company’s smallest but most complex jobs, and saw it transform a very dangerous site with collapsing excavations and burst shutters into an example of its excellent work with some cutting-edge engineering.

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Van Elle

Specialists 2017 Ground Engineering Van Elle

Van Elle

Van Elle has been one of the fastest-growing ground engineering specialists in recent years, and its continued focus and operational excellence has resulted in another year of turnover growth – up 14 per cent – while profit is also up by more than 50 per cent.

The company has continued to invest in new plant and training to ensure its operatives work in as safe an environment as possible, and has plans to build a state-of-the-art training academy to be used by its own staff and those from competitors.

It has also built two new factories in the past 12 months to manufacture piles, groundbeams and specialist precast products, and has expanded its Scottish operations considerably.

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