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

Winner: M J Rooney Construction

The quality of this year’s finalists made deciding a winner “extremely difficult”, the judges said.

But for its “passion, innovation and organisation”, the panel was unanimous in declaring M J Rooney a hugely deserving winner of this year’s award.

Michael J Rooney founded the company in 1986, with his three sons taking the reins in 2006 and impressing the judges with their clear commitment to upholding the values on which the business was founded.

M J Rooney has become a stand-out specialist in the basement construction industry, pushing the boundaries of innovation while going to exceptional lengths to improve the reputation of a sub-sector that has come in for criticism over recent years.

The company has committed to producing a 4D model on every single one of its projects. This has allowed it to demonstrate to other stakeholders that work will not clash or conflict with other trades and phases.

M J Rooney has implemented this approach across every level of the business, enabling not only collaboration between professionals but also with site personnel, who can view and work on the modelling software themselves.

“M J Rooney is a genuine specialist helping its sector become more professional, organised and safe, while making impressive use of technology to innovate and upskill”

Judges’ comment

There is a consistent focus on problem-solving ahead of time, and on encouraging the team to contribute towards improvements.

The firm has taken on a number of challenging schemes over the past 12 months, none more so than when it was called to a site in east London to rectify a failed attempt at constructing a basement, which had left the client with fallen-in excavations and burst shuttering.

Having taken over the project, M J Rooney completed the basement ahead of the scheduled completion date and under budget thanks to some outstanding value-engineering measures.

It was these examples of best practice and going the extra mile that really stood out for the judging panel, particularly given the damage that high-profile incidents have done to the reputation of basement construction in the past.

Having inspected one of the company’s sites, the Health and Safety Executive was sufficiently impressed to publish the project in its guide.

M J Rooney is also an extremely active member of trade organisations in its sector as part of efforts to reaffirm high standards, and is now looking to develop a formal code of industry-wide best practice.

This passion for excellence and commitment to improving not just itself but its entire industry is what makes M J Rooney a remarkable specialist and a worthy winner.


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