From Crossrail to Formula One, the finalists for Materials Supplier of the Year have undertaken some impressive work in the past 12 months.
Aggregate Glensanda Quarry Materials Specialists 2016
Aggregate Industries took ownership of two cement plants last year, the final piece in its jigsaw that allows it to provide the full range of materials for the built environment.
It took on 20 apprentices last year, too, with a commitment to take on 25 each year in the future. The firm also delivered to market a portfolio of more than 220 BIM-enabled products, almost a year ahead of the government’s Level 2 deadline.
Elite Architectural Ironmongery Materials Specialists 2016
Elite Architectural Ironmongery
Elite Architectural Ironmongery is a small company with big ambitions, supplying to many prestigious projects worldwide including Dubai’s Formula One stadium, the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Media Centre.
The firm developed new products in 2015, as well as a range of finishes to meet the changing demands of this niche marketplace. It offers a full scheduling service, onsite consultation and technical support, as well as same-day dispatch for next-day delivery where possible.
Hanson Bridlington Pump Station Materials Specialists 2016
In 2015, Hanson UK gained certification for the energy management system ISO50001:2011, one of the first heavy building materials suppliers to do so.
It also introduced a safety stand-down initiative whereby all 324 of the company’s operational sites, customer service centres and offices stopped work for two hours to carry out a series of safety related activities.
In addition, Hanson proceeded with the second phase of a 12 MW solar farm at its Ketton cement works, with 38,500 solar modules generating 10 per cent of the site’s electricity.
Jewson Materials Specialists 2016
Jewson has continued to invest in new products and tool hire services, giving customers more choice and access.
The firm has focused on sustainability, increasing the percentage of waste diverted from landfill, with the company working towards a target of zero in 2020.
There has also been a strong focus on training, with the amount of training hours increasing by 60 per cent since 2013 and further increases planned.
Magscapes Materials Specialists 2016
MagScapes began in 2006 when it patented the first magnetic wallpaper, with the founders believing that the use of magnetism can improve people’s lives.
In 2015, the company developed new products, including the wider format MagPaintable and MagWrite wall coverings, as well as the MagTile, a magnetic wall panel system with backing pads that allows placement anywhere on a receptive wall.
Plumbase Materials Specialists 2016
In 2015, Plumbase introduced its first own-brand products, which have proved extremely popular with customers.
The company secured a contract to supply materials to the Price Building Services prefabrication job on Crossrail, investing almost £750,000 into its fleet vehicles to ensure they had the highest possible health and safety accreditations and were fully Crossrail-compliant – rather than paying another company with the right accreditations to deliver the products for them.