The shortlist in this category features a broad spectrum of specialisms from demolition and steelwork through to rope access and specialist joinery.
Specialists Awards 2018 Project 1 2 Hughes and Salvidge
Hughes and Salvidge – Demolition of Europier, Heathrow Airport
With an established history of work at the airport, Hughes and Salvidge has a permanent onsite presence at Heathrow and was duly awarded the latest phase of the Europier project, a pier that connects terminals 1 and 2B.
The project forms part of a three-phase programme to realign taxiways, and the demolition firm’s package covered soft stripping, crane works on link bridges and demolition of various structures in a tightly controlled environment. Hughes and Salvidge’s demolition works came within 3 m of the live Terminal 2B building, which nevertheless remained fully operational throughout the project.
Specialists Awards 2018 Project 1 2 Metek
Metek – The Dairy, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Metek delivered a light steel frame residential project at a former Dairy Crest site, turning the existing buildings into a four-storey retirement development across two blocks for client McCarthy and Stone.
The company was able to achieve time savings for the scheme, with just 14 weeks separating Metek’s order being placed and its team commencing onsite installation, delivering one floor every two weeks. Metek’s approach received praise from the client, which singled out the specialist’s BIM-enabled planning and its “very efficient onsite management”.
Specialists Awards 2018 Project 1 2 O Keefe Demolition
O’Keefe Demolition – Walsingham House
A former commercial building set within a conservation area, Walsingham House is being converted into modern 6,000 sq m office block in the City of London.
O’Keefe was tasked with demolishing the building’s internal structure while retaining the external Portland stone facade – all which it had to deliver without using a tower crane. Further complications arose due to the site being sat next to a hotel and surrounded by tight and extremely busy streets.
The specialist surmounted these challenges with various innovative solutions and completed its work with zero incidents, on time and within budget.
Specialists Awards 2018 Project 1 2 Quest Joinery
Quest Joinery – Clarges Mayfair
Quest Joinery took on specialist joinery packages on the Clarges development, a ‘super prime’ residential and commercial project being delivered by Laing O’Rourke. Its work involved detailed joinery design as well as the manufacture and installation of various sections of the building.
The company demonstrated a commitment to sustainability, using FSC-certified timber and going to significant lengths to reduce waste and minimise packaging.
The success of its work prompted Laing O’Rourke to appoint Quest for specialist joinery contracts on two further phases of the project.
Specialists Awards 2018 Project 1 2 Rigmar
Rigmar Services – Queensferry Crossing rope access and rigging work scopes
Rigmar’s specialist division was brought in for the installation of 288 cable stays on Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing, which it said was the largest rope access job in the UK at the time.
Working across the bridge’s three 210 m towers, Rigmar ensured safety was paramount in its work by devising technical solutions to reduce the risk of dropped objects, as well as carefully managing exclusion zones on the busy site.
With its team working around the clock, the company was able to deliver its contract on time with zero accidents or incidents over the couse of 55,000 worker-hours.