Finalists in this category delivered some exceptional projects, from renovations and renewable energy plants to Mayfair basements and high-speed rail.
Specialists Awards 2018 Ground Engineering Aarsleff
Aarsleff Ground Engineering
Among Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s stated aims is to challenge preconceptions about the piling sector by developing innovation. Last year it opened its second manufacturing facility to drive forward development of its own precast products, and invested in a Silent Piler and a Motocut Pile Cutter to bolster its sustainability efforts.
With a focus on training and developing its workforce, the company recruits diverse role models, delivers STEM talks and encourages greater mentoring between its younger workforce and the group’s leaders.
Specialists Awards 2018 Ground Engineering Bachy Soletanche
Bachy Soletanche delivered two high-profile schemes last year: The Madison in Canary Wharf and the Tees Dock Renewable Energy Plant. Stepping up from its usual role as a specialist subcontractor, the team delivered a varied scope of works on The Madison including enabling, piling and foundations work.
On the Tees Dock Renewable Energy Plant, the contractor installed more than 4,500 piles (totalling 82 km in length), worked more than 84,000 worker-hours and recorded zero lost-time accidents. The group also has a strong focus on improving the wellbeing of its workforce, conducting mental health training for its employees and organising monthly wellbeing activities.
Specialists Awards 2018 Ground Engineering Bauer Technologies
Bauer Technologies increased its turnover to £35m in 2017 from £20m in 2016. This growth was attributed to delivering work across the private residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure sectors, while the firm also scooped work on phase two of the high-profile redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.
Since entering the UK foundations sector, the company has pushed boundaries in innovation, developing methods to install plunge columns in piles to tolerances that had not been achieved before.
Specialists Awards 2018 Ground Engineering Erith Contractors
Now in its 50th year of business, Erith Contractors has increased its turnover by 32 per cent year on year while the number of worker-hours on site has more than doubled.
One of the firm’s stand-out projects of the year was its work on 4-6 Stanhope Gate, located in the middle of London’s Mayfair, where its team is delivering a basement installation as the principal contractor.
The location and nature of the project meant Erith Contractors had to develop a ‘top down, bottom up’ construction method to deliver the project while keeping the impact on the community and environment to a minimum.
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Specialists Awards 2018 Ground Engineering Fugro Geoservices
As a company historically reliant on the oil and gas sector, Fugro Geoservices has been hit hard by collapsing oil prices. But after integrating five of its UK businesses together in 2015, it has become one of the leaders in its field in providing site and laboratory-based ground investigation services.
The firm has won work on major infrastructure projects including High Speed 2, Tideway and the Wylfa nuclear power plant. It has also developed new technology to drive forward business growth, including new geotechnical services and platforms to share data with stakeholders online.
Specialists Awards 2018 Ground Engineering M J Rooney Construction
M J Rooney
M J Rooney has grown by an average of 20 per cent over the past four years, focusing on delivering projects through a digital approach.
The company looks to employ the latest advances in technology to make basement construction safer for the industry.
It aims to transform the image of the domestic basement industry, which has received negative press in recent years, by launching a free guide to best practice. Apps, training videos and health and safety essentials will be released as a free resource for the sector to help encourage higher standards.