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Specialist Contractor of the Year: Finalists

Groundworks, offsite, utilities, data centres: these eight outstanding specialists deliver work of the highest quality across a huge array of markets.

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Keltbray Group

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Keltbray Group

Keltbray Group

Keltbray employs 1,500 people and reported a 13 per cent increase in turnover during 2017. Among the company’s highlights was its successful bid for a two-year £110m contract on Battersea Power Station, which will see the firm deliver more than 500 homes as part of phase 3a.

The company committed £2.4m to training and development last year, equating to 40 hours per employee. A further £15m was spent on techology and equipment, part of which funded plant retrofit that means Keltbray complies with London’s new Low Emission Zone requirements more than two years ahead of the 2020 deadline.

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Lee Marley Brickwork

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Lee Marley Brickwork

Lee Marley Brickwork

Lee Marley Brickwork has continued a strong rate of growth in recent years, profit margins increasing from 3 per cent in 2015 to 4.2 per cent in 2016 and a forecast 6 per cent for 2017. This growth has enabled expansion beyond its London base, setting up a regional office in Glasgow and securing one of its biggest contracts on record at the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre.

LMB has also developed its apprenticeship programme in partnership with Brooklands College, rolling out a ‘boot camp’ initiative in which apprentices are put through a broad skills and site awareness curriculum as an efficient route to working on site in a full-time bricklaying role.

CN Awards 2018 Specialist M Lambe Construction

CN Awards 2018 Specialist M Lambe Construction

M Lambe Construction

2017 marked a strong year for M Lambe in which revenue increase 34 per cent and profit by 72 per cent. The business brought in 15 apprentices while developing a new training scheme and partnering with a vocational college in Birmingham.

The company earmarked 62 per cent of its training investment for health and safety courses, with 88 per cent of site operatives holding NVQ Level 2 accreditation. Just under £4m was invested in technology and equipment over the 12 months, while a ground modelling initiative enabled the firm to divert more than 100,000 cu m of waste from landfill.

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CN Awards 2018 Specialist NG Bailey

CN Awards 2018 Specialist NG Bailey

NG Bailey

Operating profit doubled and orders rose 10 per cent at NG Bailey last year, while work drew to a close on several of the company’s biggest ever projects. Chief among these was its work on London Bridge’s new control room, for which offsite manufacture was used extensively to save around six months’ worth of worker-hours and contribute to four million site hours without a RIDDOR.

NG Bailey also reduced energy costs at six of Landsec’s largest London sites by a combined 9 per cent, with its contract subsequently extended to 31 buildings. In addition to major projects, the company worked with CIBSE to develop BIMHawk, a free web-based system and software plug-in aimed at boosting BIM Level 2 productivity.

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Reconomy

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Reconomy

Reconomy

Reconomy provides outsourced waste management services and has diverted 93 per cent of waste to landfill consistently over the past four years, despite increasing volumes of work. The last 12 months have seen contracts extended with major customers including Balfour Beatty and Kier.

The company launched several mobile apps during 2017 to improve performance. Its Tipping App allows clients to optimise daily schedules, supporting more than 1,000 waste movements and the disposal of over 200 tonnes to date. Reconomy is now planning another app to offer online ordering of skips and containers, aimed at streamlining client admin and automating processes.

CN Awards 2018 Specialist SES Engineering Services

CN Awards 2018 Specialist SES Engineering Services

SES Engineering Services

Among the project highlights for SES during 2017 was its work on the £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing. The firm used its prefabrication and offsite manufacturing facility in York on its contract to install 120 road deck sections across the river. SES recently secured its biggest ever prefabrication installation deal, comprising a residential project at Canary Wharf.

Offsite is playing a significant role in many of the firm’s projects, and SES cites its use of these methodologies as crucial to an accident frequency rate of just 0.027 spanning more than 2.4m worker-hours.

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Skanska UK

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Skanska UK

Skanska UK (Utilities Team)

Skanska Utilities Project targets management contracts for utilities infrastructure and major civil engineering schemes. One of its stand-out jobs of the past 12 months has been its work on the Highbury Corner Bridge utilities diversion project, part of Transport for London’s Structures and Tunnels Investment Portfolio.

The company oversaw the removal and diversion of various vital utility assets, while preserving safe access to the busy Highbury and Islington tube station. Skanska also ensured the A1 road kept moving and achieved an exemplary safety record with no incidents recorded. 

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Styles and Wood

CN Awards 2018 Specialist Styles and Wood

Styles & Wood

Styles & Wood moved into new markets last year, such as FinTech and data centre consultancy. The firm’s joint venture with Extraspace Solutions has been chosen for lot one of the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Modular Primary Block Framework, which it followed up with an appointment to a separate ESFA deal to rebuild and refurbish school buildings.

The company has continued to record growth, with turnover increasing 18 per cent during the first half of 2017 to £55.5m. Styles & Wood also used its in-house programmes to deliver nearly 1,200 days of training across 40 courses during 2017.

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