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Structural Specialist of the Year: Winner

Winner: PJ Carey (Contractors)

With five extremely strong businesses competing for this award, the judges in the Structural Specialist category were taken aback by the quality on display.

It was PJ Carey (Contractors), however, that saw off the competition with its extraordinary levels of innovation and outstanding approach to projects.

Established in 1969, PJ Carey has enjoyed strong growth in recent years and saw revenue increase by 21 per cent in 2014/15. It has sought to expand sensibly and sustainably, being methodical in its job selection in order to manage its growth.

Central to its strategy has been a focus on engaging at the earliest possible stage with clients and contractors, bringing its expertise to bear and identifying opportunities to value engineer from the start.

These attributes have been demonstrated in abundance on projects such as Rathbone Square in central London for Great Portland Estates, on which it delivered a 15 m-deep basement. The project originally envisaged a two-level propping approach, but PJ Carey’s investigations led to a one-level solution being found.

“PJ Carey demonstrated intelligent analysis of its projects that led to impressive innovation and examples of genuine value engineering”

Judges’ comment

The company produced major cost savings through its work and is in line for repeat business with GPE as a result.

PJ Careys also demonstrated its commitment to innovation on the Newfoundland tower for Canary Wharf Group, where an ingenious erection proposal allowed several trades to work on the building at once, cutting the programme from 180 weeks to just 92.

Its drive to improve the way projects are delivered is coupled with a non-confrontational attitude to clients and the supply chain, which drew warm praise from the judging panel.

PJ Carey’s leadership in terms of health and safety has been equally impressive. The firm has reduced its AFR from 0.34 in 2009 to 0.11 in 2014, alongside a 66 per cent cut in RIDDORs, with clearly demonstrated ambitions to take this further.

Such ambition is also evident in PJ Carey’s sustainability policies: the company identified fuel as one of its biggest issues and has introduced lower-emission vehicles to address this, while also joining the Supply Chain Sustainability School as it seeks further improvement.

The judges were unanimous in applauding PJ Carey’s relationships with clients and the supply chain, as well as its exceptional in-house capabilities.

Above all, the panel highlighted the company’s dedication to going the extra mile to deliver true value engineering for its projects and refusing to settle for anything less than the best possible outcome.


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