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Project of the Year (subcontract up to £2m): Winner

Winner: AR Demolition – Centrica Storage Easington, tier one facility project

Having been among the winners at the last two Specialists Awards, AR Demolition was able to raise its game once again to take home the gong for Project of the Year up to £2m.

The judges were delighted by this progressive contractor that not only thinks differently, but got its clients to think differently by planning a job with meticulous detail in a stringently controlled environment.

The job in question was a gas turbine decommissioning project at the Centrex Generator House for Centrica Storage.

Such was the detail of its planning that AR didn’t lift a spanner for the first three weeks it spent on site. Before it got that far, it took great pains to listen to its client and the issues surrounding a very sensitive site that provides a third of the nation’s gas.

The judges were impressed by the way the company turned the tender process on its head and set about convincing Centrica it needed to buy into AR’s plan for the project. This meant disregarding factors such as the budget, the timescales and even some of the methodology the client had expected to face.

“A professional team that showed excellent project preparation and superb execution. Using an animation as part of the method statement for both clients and employees was a great example of best-in-class”

Judges’ comment

Part of its strategy in persuading its client was to use an animated method statement to demonstrate how it would complete the project, convincing Centrica that it should be principal contractor within a strict Centrica auditing system.

AR impressed the judges by making Centrica prove the site was electrically dead, which helped the client understand that it was a serious contractor and not a “gung-ho demolition firm”.

AR demonstrated that the job could be completed in just 16 weeks for £500,000 and with almost 100 per cent recycling of unwanted parts. At the same time, it pointed out improvements such as that the lifting eyes that existed on the facility wouldn’t be satisfactory and that it would need to fabricate 28 of its own, to be used in 17 different lifts.

A tightly controlled environment it might have been, but it was also capable of throwing up surprises, with historic data on the equipment at times proving wildly at odds with the weights the firm actually encountered.

In the end, AR completed the job in just 10 weeks, including the three weeks it had spent on site planning. Not only this, but it offered its client a discount on the project that reflected its own savings.

Afterwards, Centrica put AR straight onto its framework list, which was exactly where it wanted to be.


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