Winner: Metek UK
Commitment to solving difficult problems through innovation coupled with investment in pushing the boundaries of design made Metek a deserving winner in this category.
Metek was founded 15 years ago by Alan Rogan, who has been a leading proponent of offsite manufacturing and has played a prominent role in research into the application of light steel frames.
As such, Metek aims to be the market leader in light steel frame construction, design, manufacturing and site installation.
The company has grown since its inception in 2000 to a turnover of more than £10m, and has been ahead of the curve in adopting 3D and 4D modelling for designing, installing and supplying major projects.
In 2014 the firm invested in a hot-rolled steel fabrication and steel stairs factory to cater for market demand.
It also made impressive strides in developing a new steel section with improved thermal and acoustic performance.
“Metek has produced simple solutions to complex problems and is a family business that’s not afraid to invest in design and innovation”
One of the highlights of Metek’s 2014 was the Oval Quarter project in south London.
This major housing development is the second-biggest PFI contract in Europe and comprises approximately 1,000 properties.
Speed was a critical element of the scheme, as tenants needed to be re-housed from the old neighbouring estate to create space for new housing blocks.
Light steel frame was selected as it offered advantages in terms of programme duration, and Metek was able to deliver its work faster than the client had expected.
The company made excellent use of building information modelling as part of its work, which was among the factors that ensured a 14-week design timetable was reduced to 12.
Its factory-built frames produce low amounts of waste, with the vast majority of output recyclable.
Looking to the future, Metek is now developing slim, hybrid load-bearing steel party walls as the next innovation it will bring to the market. It is also now involved in delivering two major retirement developments for McCarthy & Stone.
The company is aiming to hit £14m turnover within the next two years, backed by a strong order book and having bought its second factory outright.
All of which make Metek a structural specialist to watch this year and beyond.
Highly Commended: VolkerLaser
VolkerLaser was praised by the judges for its passion and energy in delivering for its clients in difficult engineering environments.
In 2014 the firm successfully took on a number of high-profile highways projects, including critical tunnels in Birmingham and Leeds, and was able to meet the client’s exacting requirements.
VolkerLaser clearly takes pride in its work and has a strong safety record, particularly given the nature of its demanding
Judges were particularly impressed with the firm’s approach to occupational health and the accompanying care and understanding management showed towards its workforce.
48.3 Scaffold Design