These finalists have undertaken projects ranging from British rail schemes to Middle Eastern mega-developments, and were judged on workforce culture, vision, safety, business growth, sustainability and client satisfaction.
Adey Group has been heavily involved in the redevelopment of Nottingham Station, working in partnership with Vinci and Network Rail to deliver refurbished concourses, new steel frames, atriums and canopies.
Its contract grew from £250,000 for the primary steel frame and is now forecast to exceed £2.5m as the project continues into 2014 thanks to a successful relationship with the client and contractor. The firm also expanded into international export markets across Russia, Australasia and the Middle East.
Pro Steel Engineering
2013 was Pro Steel Engineering’s first full year of trading, in which it not only broke even but made a healthy profit. It is on track to achieve turnover of £3m for 2013/14.
The company worked on a number of high-profile projects, including more than £1m of work at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Birmingham New Street station, Old Street station and Crossrail. It also had zero lost time incidents or RIDDORs.
Director Alex Shufflebottom was named chairman of the Rural Industrial Design and Building Association last year, becoming not only the first woman to take the chair but the youngest person ever to do so.
A particular highlight for the company was the Lochside Arena on the Isle of Stornoway, a community project that will be of huge benefit to the people of the Outer Hebrides. The firm also became the first UK agricultural steel-frame building manufacturer to gain the CE mark for structural steel.
One of London’s most distinctive new buildings, the Walkie Talkie at 20 Fenchurch Street, featured structural steelwork from William Hare. The floor plate of the building increases in size as the building rises in height – a difficult engineering challenge.
The company’s subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates completed the frame for the Emal Phase 2 Expansion in Dubai, which at 1.7 km long is the longest aluminium smelting potline in the world. Contracts were also won on the London Olympic Stadium conversion and the Bloomberg Place project.