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Structural Specialist of the Year

48.3 Scaffold Design

48.3 Scaffold Design Bloomberg

48.3 Scaffold Design’s turnover rose 27 per cent last year, with its design team growing in number by 40 per cent.

The company’s design process aims to provide onsite design services, assisting procurers who don’t have the time, resources or expertise to produce comprehensive design briefs.

It then develops design briefs collaboratively with the client, providing all relevant information at the earliest possible stage.

Billington Structures

Billington Structures

Billington Structures increased its staff numbers by 26 last year, with 14 of those being apprentices or graduates.The firm has also made a pledge to always ensure at least 2.5 per cent of its workforce comprises apprentices.

Billington recently appointed a new CEO and is looking to the year ahead with optimism, having last year completed a technically challenging fabrication for a roof garden in central London.

Metek UK

Metek UK

Established in 2000, Metek has grown to a turnover of more than £10m and specialises in suppling structural steel to projects with the help of 3D and 4D modelling.

A successful light steel frame project last year saw the firm contracted by Higgins Construction, as part of the Regenter Consortium, to build 1,000 properties at Oval Quarter SW9 (Myatt’s Field), commencing on phase two of a further 1,000 properties in October 2014.

The firm also achieved zero RIDDOR accidents last year.

SH Structures

SH Structures

2014 was the year of the footbridge for SH Structures, securing orders for nine new footbridges and installing six before the end of the year.

Its order book also included a new bus station canopy in London, the provision of steelwork for the redevelopment of Leeds Station, and a ‘living screen’ for a major development in Canning Town.

Last year also saw the opening of one of the most iconic structures of the year: the Kelpies project in Scotland.


VolkerLaser Nottingham apprentice

After 20 years of growth, VolkerLaser’s turnover exceeded £43m in 2014 to make it one of the UK’s largest specialist repair, refurbishment and strengthening contractors.

The business expanded further into the external wall insulation market in the social housing sector, working across various multi-million-pound schemes in England and Scotland.

A breadth of abilities has also seen it work on the Birmingham Tunnels for Amey, London’s Blackfriars Bridge for Balfour Beatty, and on the strengthening of the Hammersmith Flyover.


Wiehag Crossrail Canary Wharf

Wiehag designs, manufactures and installs large glulam timber structures and recently began offering steel and CLT as part of its range of products.

The UK has developed into a major market for the Austrian-based firm, working with UK-based engineers on projects as diverse as the Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

In the UK itself, it has worked on high-profile schemes such as a new leisure centre in Bangor and a huge Tesco store in Corby, as well as the Crossrail station in Canary Wharf.

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