This year’s shortlist features some of the country’s largest specialists, many of which have helped deliver the biggest projects in the UK over the past 12 months.
Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist over 25 Briggs and Forrester Group
Briggs & Forrester Group
Briggs & Forrester directly employs more than 800 workers, takes on projects of up to £50m and expects turnover to hit £190m for its 2016/17 results.
The past 12 months have seen the firm commence work on its largest ever contracts in London for high-end residential projects, including the 50-storey Principal Tower and the One Blackfriars development. Investment of more than £2.2m in employee training during the year reflected a commitment to skills, while the firm also achieved BIM Level 2 compliance.
Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist over 25 Erith Contractors
Erith boosted turnover by 32 per cent in its most recent results, while the number of worker-hours across the business more than doubled. The firm was able to continue improving health and safety amid this growth, reducing its All Accident Frequency Rate from 0.56 in 2016 to 0.47 in 2017.
The company invested more than £1m to bring health and safety management and training in-house, following the launch of a dedicated training division, Erith Training Services. This has enabled Erith to carry out 90 per cent of its own training, with around 1,700 workers upskilled through ETS since its formation.
Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist over 25 GKR Scaffolding
Turnover growth of 34.5 per cent and a profit rise of 54.5 per cent made for a successful 2017 at GKR. The company attributed this growth to greater efficiency through economies of scale, coupled with increased collaboration with clients.
GKR’s portfolio includes Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, with the demolition of the old ground seeing the firm remove original staircases while maintaining access to stands on matchdays. For this, GKR installed two external staircases – one of which was said to be the UK’s largest single staircase structure installed using the Layher system.
Other achievements included creating an employee advisory board from various functions across the business to further improve the working environment.
Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist over 25 Mac Roofing and Contracting
Mac Roofing & Contracting
Mac grew its revenue 12 per cent to £25.4m in its latest results off the back of work on several high-profile projects.
The company played a significant role on the refurbished Midlands Goods Shed at Argent’s King’s Cross development in London, installing a variety of roofing and cladding products. Mac also delivered 28,000 sq m of roofing and cladding for the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre in Loughborough, as well as work on a major refurbishment project at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness.
The firm’s commitment to employee welfare was supported by achieving gold status in the NFRC’s Health & Safety Awards scheme.
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Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist over 25 McGee
During the past 12 months McGee has worked on some of the most prominent projects in the capital – both as a specialist subcontractor and, on some occasions, as the main contractor.
Among the stand-out schemes has been the UCLH Proton Beam Therapy Centre, the basement of which reaches nearly 30 m below ground. This dig measured 87 metres long by 67 metres wide, requiring an excavation team of more than 300 workers to remove 80,000 cu m of earth and install 1,850 tonnes of temporary propping.
Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist over 25 NG Bailey
Major projects have driven growth at NG Bailey in the past year, with none more challenging than London Bridge.
The company installed a technically demanding rail control room as well as the station’s complex management system. NG Bailey says its use of offsite manufacture saved six months of worker-hours and helped the team go four million site hours without a RIDDOR.
Other significant jobs included a £1.2m infrastructure contract for smart building connectivity at the Belfast Waterfront centre, and more than 40 projects for Landsec that reduced energy consumption by 9 per cent.
In addition, NG Bailey recruited 51 apprentices during 2017, bringing its total to more than 150.
Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist over 25 O Keefe Group
O’Keefe has reorganised its business to emphasise its core business values of safety, quality, programme surety for clients, and commercial focus. The company says this restructuring has seen profit more than double and repeat business reach more than 80 per cent of total turnover.
The company invested in a new £4m headquarters and yard facility complete with training facilities, and launched a training programme that uses actors to re-enact falls from height and highlight the consequences. O’Keefe has also invested £1.5m in new plant including excavators with tier 4 engine technology to reduce emissions.
Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist over 25 Severfield
Revenue grew 10 per cent at Severfield in its latest results, driven by project highlights such as the Ordsall Chord rail upgrade in Manchester. The project’s big 600-tonne lift needed 18 months of planning to ensure arches were installed over the River Irwell correctly, with the team using the two largest crawler cranes in the UK.
Away from its site work, the Severfield Foundation completed its first year operating as a registered charity, raising a £55,000 for its partner charity Prostate Cancer UK and a range of other good causes local to Severfield sites.