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Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover over £100m): Finalists

Our six finalists feature an array of firms including two M&E specialists, one lift provider, one waste management contractor, a building envelope specialist and a drainage service provider.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Dodd Group

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Dodd Group

Dodd Group

M&E specialist Dodd Group achieved record turnover in 2016, rising from £78m three years ago to more than £100m. Major projects secured and on site include HSBC’s Arena Central headquarters, Wolverhampton Civic Centre, Southampton New Arts Centre, Rolls-Royce Hucknall and the Priority School Building Programme PF2 Midlands batch.

It also secured the heating and electrical works on the UK’s largest social housing maintenance contract for Birmingham City Council and Wates Living Space. This year is the company’s 70th anniversary and the business looks set to build on its impressive recent performance.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Lanes Group

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Lanes Group

Lanes Group

Describing itself as the largest independent drainage service provider in the UK, Lanes Group has undergone rapid growth in the last two years, increasing turnover by 31 per cent to a projected £170m in 2016/17. The firm carries out ‘no-dig’ sewer rehabilitation, drainage excavation, surveying, cleaning and blockage clearance.

Lanes invested £3m to open an advanced wastewater maintenance HQ, grew its business with Network Rail by more than 45 per cent, and signed new contracts with major water clients including Anglian Water, Scottish Water and Severn Trent. These deals have complemented its existing work with Thames Water, which saw it complete 1,250 jobs in one day in February.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 NG Bailey Manchester Met Uni

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 NG Bailey Manchester Met Uni

NG Bailey

NG Bailey saw operating profit triple in the year to February 2017, with turnover rising by 12 per cent and its secured order book increasing 14 per cent.

Last year saw the successful opening of phase one of the company’s largest-ever MEP rail contract (worth approximately £100m), the redevelopment of London Bridge station, and the completion of engineering on the UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus building: the Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester.

The firm took on 134 apprentices, achieved its lowest RIDDOR levels for 30 years and invested more than £3m in training and development.

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CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Prater

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Prater


Prater has continued to use BIM alongside unique methods of onsite and offsite construction to deliver solutions to its clients in the past year.

The firm embarked on 24 projects over the period, including work at the International Quarter in Stratford (the first of its kind to use a pioneering screen working installation process) and the Tate Modern extension, which involved extensive waterproofing to the complicated, twisting design of the building.

Prater also rebranded in 2016 and became the first building envelope contractor to receive the BRE audit and accreditation of BIM Level 2.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Reconomy 1

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Reconomy 1


Waste management specialist Reconomy saw revenue grow by 36 per cent in 2016, with 93 per cent of this generated from the construction industry and related trades.

The firm managed more than three million tonnes of waste on behalf of its clients last year, up 20 per cent on 2015. For the third consecutive year, 93 per cent of that waste was diverted away from landfill.

It is particularly strong in the residential sector, providing waste management support to eight of the UK’s 10 biggest housebuilders, handling 40 per cent of all onsite waste generated by the construction of new homes.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Stannah

CN Awards 2017 Specialists over 100 Stannah


Lift specialist Stannah saw a number of significant achievements in 2016.

These included delivery of the lifts for phase one of London Bridge station’s redevelopment; a contract to supply lifts at Hinkley Point C; the installation of a scenic lift inside Winchester Cathedral; and the delivery of its fastest-ever infrastructure project at Leeds station’s southern entrance.

It also launched a new business area providing loading bays, and secured work at Luton Airport for the first time to carry out all onsite lift maintenance.

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