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Contractor of the Year: Finalists

Working on some of the UK’s biggest and most complex projects, our finalists for Contractor of the Year have stood out from the competition in a number of ways.

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Canary Wharf Contractors

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Canary Wharf Contractors

Canary Wharf Contractors

Canary Wharf Contractors has more than 40 high-rise buildings in its construction pipeline, and its sustainability strategy was vindicated with a BREEAM Outstanding rating of 87.1 per cent for 1 Bank Street, the largest building of its kind to achieve this rating in Europe.

Its major Southbank Place development was nominated as the first ever Considerate Constructors Scheme Ultra Site, while the contractor also improved its accident frequency rate and successfully completed one million worker-hours with no lost-time accidents on its New District project.

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CN Awards 2017 Contractor Carillion

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Carillion


Carillion secured 40 projects in 2016, totalling approximately £1bn and ranging from £90,000 of work at King’s Cross to £340m of facilities management as part of the 2020 Army Basing programme for the Ministry of Defence.

Other project highlights included the completion of the new Main Stand at Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium and the innovative project to restore the ‘triplets’ at King’s Cross, a set of three iconic gasholders. It also launched an LGBT network in 2016 and took part in London Pride.

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Kier Group Uni of Nottingham Sports Hall

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Kier Group Uni of Nottingham Sports Hall

Kier Group

Kier achieved 8 per cent growth in revenue over the 12 months to the point of entry, with underlying profit from operations up 44 per cent, at £150m.

The contractor has been trusted with the restoration of a number of iconic British buildings, including the Glasgow School of Art and Aberdeen Music Hall, and its facilities management team secured contracts for the Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company and Imperial War Museum.

It has also worked on a range of other projects in the infrastructure sector such as Crossrail, and successfully reduced its AIR by 34 per cent.

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Lendlease

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Lendlease


Lendlease worked on some of London’s largest and most exciting mixed-use regeneration projects in 2016, including Elephant & Castle and the International Quarter in Stratford.

The firm has focused on diversity and wellbeing, training 850 mental health first aiders, trialling a crane intruder detection system, and introducing WhatsApp groups for site supervisors to discuss onsite observations.

Lendlease also worked on three of the 19 projects participating in the global 40 Cities Climate Positive Development Programme, including Elephant Park, demonstrating its strong commitment to sustainability.

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Mace

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Mace


In 2016 Mace delivered the award-winning Birmingham New Street redevelopment, as well as completing the new Switch House building at London’s iconic Tate Modern.

It also celebrated the opening of the Bodleian’s Western Library and the new Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The contractor invested more into innovation than ever before in 2016, and trained in excess of 8,000 individuals from more than 56 supply chain partners through its internal business school.

Mace also launched its Women of the Future development programme and increased its level of female graduates from 32 per cent in 2015 to 40 per cent.

CN Awards 2017 Contractor McLaren

CN Awards 2017 Contractor McLaren

McLaren Construction

In 2016 McLaren Construction celebrated its 15th anniversary by achieving turnover of £500m and passing the milestone of having 600 staff.

The firm also established the McLaren Training Academy, alongside new Career Pathways and reward and recognition programmes, contributing to an increase in staff numbers of 50 per cent since 2011.

Staff retention improved while accident rates dropped, with a focus on partnerships and sustainable growth ensuring that this contractor continues to build on its strengths.

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Wates

CN Awards 2017 Contractor Wates

Wates Group

Wates’ aim is to become a £2bn-turnover company by 2020 and its 2015 year-end results saw turnover up 21 per cent to £1.27bn, while pre-tax profit grew 26 per cent to reach £30.3m.

This followed the integration of parts of Shepherd Group, greatly strengthening Wates’ M&E and FM capabilities.

Project highlights included ongoing work on its third site on the Greenwich Peninsula, completion of the BREEAM Outstanding Central Square in Leeds, and the RIBA Award-winning 61 Oxford Street, London.

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