This category produced not only some of the highest calibre finalists, but also one of the most hotly contested panel deliberations on who should win.
Having championed and fought tenaciously for different firms, the judges came to a decision – but only after agreeing that at least two other firms must be highly commended in what they all agreed was an extremely strong field.
The judges were especially impressed with Hydrock’s “great strategy plan… emphasising exceptional results in safety, sustainability, customer satisfaction and employee engagement”.
Innovative recycling methods
Hydrock’s use of recycled materials includes the UK’s first permitted reuse of cement bypass dust for stabilisation and solidification, which will divert more than 300,000 tonnes a year from landfill.
The firm has also pioneered the use of the Environment Agency’s carbon calculator for ground engineers.
While working on London Gateway, all contractors have a fortnightly client health and safety inspection.
The results, along with other KPIs, feeds into a score presented to all 19 principal contractors on site at monthly safety health and environment leadership team meetings.
Praise for work on Hinkley Point C
It wasn’t just the Specialists Awards judges that rated Hydrock so highly.
“Hydrock delivered a remediation scheme for Hinkley Point C to exemplary standards of safety”
Nigel Cann, EDF construction director for Hinkley Point C
As EDF construction director for Hinkley Point C Nigel Cann says: “Delivery of a multi-million pound remediation scheme that was focused on asbestos in soils, including works within a licensed nuclear facility, was always going to be a challenge.
“But Hydrock delivered the scheme to exemplary standards of safety and operational efficiency.”
Customer satisfaction at over 92 per cent
Aside from the anecdotal evidence, the judges picked up on the fact that while the 2011 UK Construction Industry Performance Report stated that the level of client satisfaction was 80 per cent, Hydrock has achieved more than 92 per cent for the last four years.
To help keep the company performing at such high levels, the company has committed to training at 15 per cent above the industry average.
Highly commended: Aspin Group
Aspin Group demonstrated fantastic collaboration with its client Network Rail to come up with a simple solution to a long-term problem.
The firm’s enhanced micropile offers cost savings over traditional methods, where the track has to be removed for deep excavation.
Highly commended: Bauer Technologies
Bauer Technologies shows a clear engineering passion for consistently brilliant solutions and innovation to technically challenging projects.
Bauer has developed methods to install plunge columns in piles to tolerances that were previously unthinkable and is at the cutting edge with its ‘D’-shaped pile.