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Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year: Winner

Winner: Keltbray Piling

As last year’s winner of the Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover over £25m) category, for this year Keltbray set its sights on the Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year.

Keltbray Piling has worked on some outstanding jobs over the past 12 months, which have featured impressive levels of client satisfaction.

A proactive, problem-solving and collaborative attitude was a common refrain in a barrage of client testimonials the specialist could point to.

The firm successfully overcame various challenges that arose on technically demanding projects, while also recording zero reportable health and safety incidents over 2016.

Its business growth marked it out as a company that’s on the march. Keltbray Piling has achieved a 71 per cent increase in turnover which takes the revenue of the business, which only launched in 2009, to £60m.

This has been driven by an expansion of the contractor’s client base and, in particular, its rail and sheet piling divisions, all of which has seen its geographical coverage spread right across the UK.

The panel of judges were interested to hear that Keltbray has already secured 85 per cent of its £70m target for 2017.

“Keltbray has worked on some truly exceptional projects and earned outstanding client satisfaction. This is a business that has demonstrated how its thinking, implementation and sustainability are a class apart”

Judges’ comment

Business targets aside, the judges were wowed by the firm’s mindset when approaching a job, the way it implemented solutions and its excellent sustainability credentials, which they said positioned it as “a class apart”.

They were referring to initiatives such as Keltbray’s concrete maturity method for piling, which uses a wireless system for monitoring in-situ pile curing temperatures, resulting in enhanced quality control through live data monitoring.

The upshot is a 40 per cent reduction in embedded carbon content and the knock-on effects of reduced concrete costs of about £160,000 and quality control cost savings of £325,000 annually.

The judges were also pleased to hear that one in eight employees were trainees, apprentices or graduates.

Employee satisfaction was also recognised, as Keltbray Piling’s staff retention is at 94 per cent – with an average of six days’ training per employee per year supporting these strong workforce relations.

In addition, the recruitment of past offenders and apprentices, as well as its work in supporting communities, were all major factors in the firm’s plan and applauded by the judges.


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