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

Eight exceptional firms are in contention this year to be named best of the best among specialists with turnovers up to £25m.

Cablecom Networking

Cablecom has nearly three decades of experience in providing cabling infrastructure for buildings across the UK. Over the past two years the company has been developing its trademarked Smart Fibre Infrastructure, aimed at accommodating the needs of emerging smart buildings. 

The firm’s approach is designed to be replicated at scale, with the aim that its model will become the industry standard over the next five years. Among Cablecom’s notable projects in the past 12 months was the Cargo Building in Liverpool, on which the company delivered the cabling services for 324 luxury rental apartments.

Cuddy Environmental

In 2012 Cuddy decided to deliver its asbestos and hazardous waste removal works through a standalone business, separating out Cuddy Environmental to that end.

Prior to this decision, the business division within Cuddy had generated revenue of around £1.2m a year; by the year to 31 July 2016, this had risen to £4.6m – exceeding its stated target of £3.5m. In addition to this growth, Cuddy Environmental’s workforce is qualified to Royal Society for Public Health levels 4, 3 and 2 in asbestos, while its staff are also undertaking training to NVQ level 4 in leadership and management.

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Fire Design Solutions

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Fire Design Solutions

Fire Design Solutions

FDS marked its 15th anniversary by rolling out a refreshed strategy aimed at maintaining standards and relationships while also driving investment in new products.

One such innovation is its Positive Pressurisation Venting unit, designed to provide a more economical option for basement lobby ventilation.

FDS has also continued its relationship with developer St James, completing work on the mixed-use Merano Residences development of luxury apartments and commercial space. The company installed its mechanical smoke ventilation system and a corridor environmental system as part of the project.

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 M J Rooney Construction

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 M J Rooney Construction

M J Rooney Construction

Last year’s winner in this category, M J Rooney has looked to develop its service offering in the past 12 months through its Virtual Basements initiative.

The approach aims to offer a standard service that includes 3D modelling to provide full detail of a project’s designs before work commences on site, coupled with 4D modelling of construction to ensure optimal sequence planning, with temporary works and safety measures clearly set out.

The past year has seen M J Rooney present on raising standards and the use of technology at three national conferences, and its efforts to improve the reputation of its sector are underpinned by zero RIDDOR incidents.

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Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Metek

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Metek


Light steel frame specialist Metek completed several major projects in 2017 and enhanced its approach to delivery. The company integrates its BIM models on projects to generate data for manufacturing its materials. Modelling the onsite structures produces construction drawings ready for site assembly, including setting-out, elevation, section and connection details. 

Metek rehearses complex details and sequences virtually in order to reduce risk and waste, while colour-coded frames and just-in-time delivery are used to improve efficiency. Work during 2017 included student accommodation, hotels and retirement homes, while Metek also invested £1.7m in its factory facilities.

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Okto

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Okto

Okto Technologies

Building technology specialist Okto works in the high-end residential, luxury hospitality and commercial sectors.

The company uses what it describes as an offsite “mirror-build” approach to develop a fully operational test build at its workshop. This enables the team to test each component to remove potential faults and lower onsite installation time, with the client also able to inspect the build in advance. 

As well as reducing installation time and the required site workforce, Okto’s approach enables projects to be signed off by clients with zero snags.

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Project7 Construction

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Project7 Construction

Project7 Construction

Following the roll-out of a strategy to win a mix of private and public sector work, Project7 secured a five-year contract with the London Legacy Development Company. Under this deal, in 2017 the company completed work at the London Stadium on its relocatable seating.

Project7 reconfigured the former London Olympic stadium to enable the staging of various major events year-round. Every part of the overlay and temporary works was designed, procured and installed by the firm within a tight delivery programme.

In addition to its successful projects, Project7 joined the Supply Chain Sustainability School and made the e-learning module on Inclusion and Diversity mandatory for its staff.

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Quest Joinery

Specialists Awards 2018 Specialist up to 25 Quest Joinery

Quest Joinery

Having moved to a significantly larger production facility the previous year, Quest was nevertheless able to ensure a smooth transition that saw turnover increase from £1.7m to £2.4m for 2017.

The company has invested in innovative machinery and further developed its use of BIM to boost efficiency in planning, design and manufacture.

BIM has also played a significant role in reducing Quest’s environmental footprint, alongside the installation of a wood waste heater and the increased use of waste timber for heating– all of which produced an annual reduction in waste of 18 per cent.

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