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Environmental Contractor of the Year: Finalists

Sustainability offers contractors an edge over their competitors and this six-strong shortlist boasts exceptional environmental credentials.  

CN Awards 2018 Environmental Contractor Aarsleff Ground Engineering

CN Awards 2018 Environmental Contractor Aarsleff Ground Engineering

Aarsleff Ground Engineering

Following the government’s announcement it will favour offsite construction from 2019, Aarsleff Ground Engineering has been developing alternative methods of construction. The contractor has opened its second manufacturing hub to develop precast products, installing a silent piler and a motocut pile cutter to improve the sustainable performance of the facility.

In collaboration with the University of Sheffield, Aarsleff has developed precast piles that use 10 per cent less concrete and 5 per cent less steel than vertical piles that are cast on site. These precast piles keep the surrounding ground intact so there is no need to transport excavated material away, providing a ‘cleaner’ piling operation, according to the contractor.

Bam Construct Keble College 1

Bam Construct Keble College 1

Bam Construct UK

Bam Construct set challenging new sustainability and environmental targets for the company in 2017. Off the back of this initiative, carbon emissions were reduced by 10 per cent compared with the previous year.

Furthermore, two hydrogen-fuelled vans have been acquired for the firm’s FM and plant businesses, and the company aims to help grow the UK market for zero-carbon vehicles. Senior Bam Construct managers began Leadership for Sustainability training during 2017 and incentives have been rolled out to employees to drive greener cars.

CN Awards 2018 Environmental Contractor Canary Wharf Contractors

CN Awards 2018 Environmental Contractor Canary Wharf Contractors

Canary Wharf Contractors

Canary Wharf Contractors made several milestone commitments to creating a more sustainable business in 2017.

The contractor signed up to the Vancouver Declaration, committing it to using only FSC timber on all its projects. CWC has also set a target for both itself and its supply chain to source 99 per cent of all major materials from sustainable sources by 2020, and has set up a zero waste to landfill strategy to improve the efficiency of its sites.

Looking ahead, Canary Wharf Contractors is working to further integrate sustainability into all aspects of its long-term business strategy.

CN Awards 2018 Environmental Contractor Keltbray

CN Awards 2018 Environmental Contractor Keltbray

Keltbray Environmental

With the construction industry being the largest contributor to landfill sites in the UK, Keltbray has sought to develop alternative solutions to the issue of waste. The company aims to offer the most sustainable solutions for challenging waste streams from the construction sector.

The firm is using its work on the Kirtling Street development in London to demonstrate environmental best practice. More than 22,000 tonnes of hazardous and non-hazardous material was transported from the site to Keltbray’s waste treatment facilities in east London using barges.

This considerably reduced carbon emissions (compared with using tipper lorries) and improved wider public safety by taking trucks off congested London roads.

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McAlpine Broadgate progress 0234

Sir Robert McAlpine

Last year Sir Robert McAlpine launched its Build Sure philosophy to ensure all areas of the business are sustainable. The approach sees each of the contractor’s projects scored against its commitments at executive board meetings.

All staff have completed an online sustainability module, developed in partnership with UKGBC, to embed these principles throughout the business.

UKGBC has also developed a leadership workshop for Sir Robert McAlpine’s senior leaders to help management promote and develop the group’s sustainability agenda.

CN Awards 2018 Environmental Contractor Wates

CN Awards 2018 Environmental Contractor Wates

Wates Group

2017 marked a pivotal year for sustainability at Wates as the contractor continued rolling out its Reshaping Tomorrow environmental programme. Working with the Carbon Trust, Wates has set a target of reducing its carbon emissions by 2.5 per cent year on year.

The contractor also launched Wates Sustainable Technology Services during 2017, advising customers and partners to select cost-effective technologies to lower the emissions of buildings.

Wates’ recent refurbishment of the Leatherhead Quarters is an example of best practice in building sustainable assets, installing green technologies in the building such as toilets that use 84 per cent less water and 80 per cent less energy.

Imtech logo 1

Imtech logo 1

Sponsored by Imtech

Imtech is one of the largest independent technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

The firm has extensive expertise and experience in engineering services, technical facilities management and systems integration. In 2017 it reported a turnover of £370m.

Imtech undertakes wide-ranging mechanical and electrical installation projects and maintenance contracts, working in numerous sectors including commercial, retail and government.

Working closely with its clients, the company aims to develop the right solutions by understanding the intricacies of each project. 

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