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Specialists Awards finalists: Concrete Specialist

These finalists were judged not just on the quality of their best projects, but also on their commitment to staff development, as well as their safety record and performance on sustainability. The judges were also looking for evidence of business growth coupled with a clear strategy for the future.

Balfour Beatty Regional

Balfour Beatty Regional’s strategy for 2013 was to grow the business by 10 per cent through focusing on the power, petrochemical and marine sectors.

This proved successful: turnover grew by £3.1m to £5.4m – a 74 per cent rise – with 70 per cent repeat business.

A jetty refurbishment at Hunterston B Power Station for EDF Energy was completed on time with zero accidents, and was especially significant as the client initially believed the project was not possible and a total demolition and rebuild would be required.

Ground Construction

Now in its 16th year of operation, GCL has steadily grown to a turnover in excess of £50m, completing 330 projects along the way.

The firm has expanded its range of services as it has grown, and is able to undertake civil engineering, groundworks and concrete-frame construction.

One of its employees was recognised as Apprentice of the Year by one of the sector’s biggest trade organisations, while the company also achieved Silver Status from Investors in People last year.


The team at VolkerLaser took on jobs of higher worth and greater complexity last year, using concrete in ways it had never used concrete before.

A particular highlight was upgrade work on the Lancaster, Queensway and St Chad’s road tunnels in Birmingham, where early contractor involvement with Amey and Birmingham City Council enabled the team to save £500,000.

The firm also completed a cathodic protection project on the Isle of Wight that required the team to work suspended beneath a pier, operating in high winds and evacuating workers every time the tide came in.

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