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Company Innovation of the Year

From road improvement works to unmanned aerial platforms, our eight finalists’ innovations are all benefiting their businesses and the industry.

A one 1 000 tonne challenge Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

A one 1 000 tonne challenge Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

A-one+ Integrated Highway Services The 1000-tonne Challenge – A66 Scotch Corner to Hartforth

Highways England challenged A-one+ to complete 1,000 tonnes of carriageway resurfacing in a single shift, using one gang and one paver. The Area 14 team smashed the target and completed an industry first by laying 1,000 tonnes three nights in a row.

Close collaboration and the use of a range of technologies achieved this, saving £80,000 in cost and removing more than 8,200 km of diversion routes to road users during harvest season.

A one Better Mental Health Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

A one Better Mental Health Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

A-one+ Integrated Highway Services Area 14 – Better Health at Work

A-one+ surveyed staff and identified health and wellbeing concerns, recognising mental health as a particular concern. The firm has built up a programme of training in areas including mental health first aid, suicide intervention and awareness, and listening buddies, and arranged a cross-business mental health first aid course attended by representatives from A-one+ Areas 7 and 12, Balfour Beatty, Colas and Costain.

It also connected with Sunderland NHS and shared information, resulting in the NHS organisation incorporating ideas to promote mental health into staff huddles held at the start of shifts.

Bam Morgan Sindall Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Bam Morgan Sindall Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Bam / Morgan Sindall JV – The Mission Room

The Mission Room is a unique training and awareness experience introduced to the Bam / Morgan Sindall JV by Speedy Services.

The room consists of three large projection screens that can operate separately or together to produce a highly immersive 6 m wrap-around display.

It allowed safe and quick navigation around complex sites for trainees in a repeatable and scalable way, with BIM and CAD model integration available.

Of those attending the Mission Room, 100 per cent reported feeling safer as a result.

Bourne Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Bourne Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Bourne Construction Engineering – BatLift

The most consistent reason for the failure of vacuum lifting systems has historically come from the power source – its diesel engine.

Increased reliability could be achieved by connecting it to an electric power source on site, but this would often mean hundreds of metres of cables or retractable cable systems.

Bourne Construction Engineering has developed a new fleet of battery-powered machines designed with 14 vacuum pumps, so that if one fails the effect on performance is negligible. The machine’s price is also 30 per cent lower than traditional diesel machines.

Costain Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Costain Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Costain Aerial Solutions

Costain formed its Aerial Solutions business in summer 2015, tasked with the safe and efficient integration of remote-piloted airborne systems into its construction offer.

The contractor is using remote aerial platforms to conduct land surveys of a number of highways and other projects – improving safety by removing the need for standard land surveying, as well as saving huge amounts of time.

The innovation was developed by a team of graduates, who pitched the benefits of drone technology to the CEO, CFO and HR director to secure support.

Fast Form Systems Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Fast Form Systems Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Fast-Form Systems – Fast-Form Formwork System

Fast-Form’s formwork system is manufactured from lightweight materials including aluminium, uses virtually no connecting components, and is made from stainless materials that means it never needs painting and does not rust.

The system is faster to install than traditional systems, and has added sustainability benefits by reducing timescales and costs.

The firm won a large contract to supply the Ministry of Defence for a project in the Falkland Islands last year, and has worked for other high-profile clients such as Crossrail, the Environment Agency and Transport for London.

SGN Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

SGN Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

SGN – Leading the way in Gas Distribution Innovation

In the last year, SGN has successfully implemented a number of projects and initiatives that have helped lead the way in gas distribution innovation.

The firm has worked to widen the range of gas quality that can be distributed, opening up competition in the market, and has supported renewable sources of gas into the network through bio-methane injections and more flexible networks.

It has also developed a number of techniques and tools to benefit the industry, including a cast-iron robotic repair inspection system, a preheating system that has led to a 30-40 per cent reduction in fuel use and CO2 emissions, and discrete sealing particles to address leakage issues.

Transport for London CLOCS Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Transport for London CLOCS Company Innovation CN Awards 2016

Transport for London – CLOCS: High Vision Vehicles

CLOCS’ focus on improving vehicle safety through increased driver vision is just one of its three key workstreams.

The CLOCS operator delegation worked closely with the UK’s eight principal vehicle manufacturers from 2013 onwards, and have now reached the point where more than 130 high-vision vehicles have been sold to businesses across the UK.

Key features of the vehicles include lower cabs, an additional window in the passenger door, and larger windscreens.

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