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Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover up to £25m): Finalists

From brickwork on iconic art galleries to basement construction, these contractors are using the latest technology and collaborative practices to deliver remarkable results.

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Alumet

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Alumet

Alumet Systems

Alumet achieved its objective of moving into the high-end residential market in London last year. The building envelope company clearly places a strong emphasis on its workforce – an area in which it has made significant investment.

The firm spent £20,000 on a 10-day programme to find out how its employees think the business should be run. Alumet has also invested £40,500 into training for its people, with 27 of its staff – roughly 20 per cent – studying for NVQs.

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 AR Demolition

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 AR Demolition

AR Demolition

Last year was a busy one for AR Demolition, with its client base growing 20 per cent and the firm carrying out 150 jobs in 12 months.

There were a number of standout projects for the company, including decommissioning at the exceptionally remote Glensanda super quarry in Scotland and diverting a river on a job in Chard, Somerset. The company plans to keep on growing through its apprenticeship programme and by focusing on building trust and ensuring reliability.

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Lucas

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Lucas

Lucas

Fit-out specialist Lucas showed its commitment to pushing the industry forward by opening an innovation centre in 2016, where it showcases products and techniques to client teams.

Lucas is also demonstrating its innovative attitude on site by using 3D BIM on the fit-out of apartments at the Nova Victoria development in central London.

Its commitment to training meanwhile is reflected in the Lucas College Programme to help students complete Level 3 NVQs.

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 MJ Rooney

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 MJ Rooney

M J Rooney Construction

Basement construction can be fraught with difficulty and MJ Rooney has acquired a strong reputation in this difficult field, being awarded the ‘Beyond Compliance’ accolade by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

In spite of working on relatively small value projects, the company still employs 3D and 4D modelling to ensure schemes are completed swiftly and safely.

The company has also committed to training all of its staff to NVQ Level 2 or 3 and has developed an internal qualification for structural waterproofing.

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Metek

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Metek

Metek

Metek specialises in light steel frame projects and has fully embraced the use of building information modelling.

The company’s precise approach to design, manufacturing and installation was required for a particularly tricky 156-home project in King’s Cross in 2016, which was situated next to the train tracks and directly over a tunnel for HS1.

Metek has had zero RIDDORs since its inception and its approach to projects has boosted health and safety by eliminating cutting on site.

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Quest Joinery

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Quest Joinery

Quest Joinery

All of Quest Joinery’s experience and expertise was required to deliver a super-prime residential project in Mayfair last year.

The Clarges project called for 4 m-high doors and veneer panels, plus 1.5 m x 4 m brass inlayed glass panels. The company drew on its relationships with suppliers to deliver these challenging items.

Quest was only established in 2011 but is already delivering high-profile projects and has won work on the prestigious Chelsea Barracks scheme.

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Swift Brickwork Contractors

Specialists 2017 Specialist under 25 Swift Brickwork Contractors

Swift Brickwork Contractors

Swift Brickwork completed one of the most iconic new brickwork buildings in the UK last year: the Tate Modern Switch House extension.

The bold design required Swift to establish a materials science laboratory to eliminate tolerance and assembly problems. The result was a project delivered just how the design intended, which it says would not have been possible 10 years ago.

The company believes its innovations are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with brickwork facades.

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