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Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year

Finalists for the Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year all demonstrated excellence in delivering a range of successful projects through innovative and efficient methods.

Bachy Soletanche Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Bachy Soletanche Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Bachy Soletanche

Bachy Soletanche’s turnover hit £87m last year, with the firm delivering a number of successful projects that included work at Crossrail, the Lee Tunnel and Chelsea Barracks.

The firm has also been awarded work on high-profile schemes such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, London Bridge station and the Mersey Gateway. Its health and safety credentials were demonstrated after it was awarded a RoSPA Gold Award and obtained a merit from the British Safety Council.

Balfour Beatty Grounding Engineering Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Balfour Beatty Grounding Engineering Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering

Following underlying profit growth of 280 per cent in 2014, BBGE continued its fine form with a further 175 per cent increase in 2015.

The firm’s cashflow and order books have also increased, while staff numbers have gone up by 35, with the company seeing a record low of 2 per cent churn. BBGE has worked on a series of innovative projects, too, including the installation of the UK’s largest-ever plunge columns at a site in Bishopsgate, London.

Erith Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Erith Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Erith Contractors

In 2015, Erith Contractors completed its largest and most comprehensive ground engineering project to date.

After completing demolition, the firm went on to finish the advanced works package for the Fleet and Plum Tree Court buildings, jointly known as the London Development Project, located on Farringdon Road.

With asbestos removal and significant temporary works required, coupled with the presence of ancient monuments on the site’s boundary, the project proved a successful showcase for Erith’s ground engineering capability.

Hydrock_Hinkley Point C_Ground Engineering_Specialists 2016

Hydrock_Hinkley Point C_Ground Engineering_Specialists 2016

Hydrock

Hydrock doubled its order book from £22.3m to £45.8m in 2015, while delivering a 10 per cent profit in the year 2014/15.

The firm’s client base continues to grow through jobs such as the £21m public-private Town Lane regeneration in Southport, as well as preparatory work at Hinkley Point C.

Hydrock’s health and safety record is exemplary, too, with the firm completing over 1.5m worker-hours without a reportable incident – a period of 26 months.

Keller Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Keller Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Keller

Keller’s growth has been underpinned by a focus on providing a wide range of geotechnical solutions and developing talented staff.

The firm also has a strong safety record, reducing its accident frequency rate from 1.04 in 2011 to 0.67 in 2014.

A standout project saw Keller install its patented single-bore multiple-anchor system at Great Yarmouth, adapting platforms to avoid working from floating plant, minimising over-water working risks.

PP O Connor Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

PP O Connor Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

PP O’Connor

PP O’Connor grew year on year throughout the recession and continued to invest in staff and equipment, while undertaking a number of high-profile projects.

The firm worked on the Mersey Gateway project, carrying out a 90,000-tonne aggregate import to make haul roads on both sides of the river.

It also excavated, sorted and remediated around 250,000 cu m of land at Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Plant – the largest of its kind in the North-west.

Van Elle Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Van Elle Ground Engineering Specialists 2016

Van Elle

Van Elle’s financial performance continues to break all company records for revenue, profit and forward order books, with turnover in particular reaching over £70m, up from £29.3m in 2010.

Van Elle Rail, while only two years old, has also grown, with the firm working with contractors and Network Rail on some of the largest and most technically challenging projects throughout the UK rail network.

The company also completed its first ever offshore project last year in the Falkland Islands, drilling 36 m-long piles with drilled rock sockets in extreme weather conditions.

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