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

PJ Carey (Contractors)

The judges were blown away by PJ Carey’s development over the past few years.

Having turned over £185m two years ago, the firm has made great strides to expand its business and grow revenue to £285m in 2015/16.

This confidence shone through in Carey’s presentation and is reflected in the high-quality, highly complex jobs it has delivered in the past year.

The judges were particularly complimentary of the company’s deep basement project at Rathborne Square, where it deployed new excavator technology to reduce the impact on existing live substructures.

This, alongside successfully delivering its work on the high-profile 22 Bishopsgate scheme, showed just what could be achieved through careful planning and management.

While Carey may not have the same resources of larger contractors, the judges felt the firm was still leading the way in the sector on several fronts – particularly health and safety.

The company demonstrated how its Safe Home Everyday scheme had brought about a step-change in the attitudes to standards on site.

“Carey is a fantastic family-run business that really is at the forefront of its industry”

Judges’ comment

Ensuring that one in seven of its 1,400 workers were registered black hats was singled out for particular praise. The judges recognised the results, with the company’s AFR rating hitting 0.11 alongside a 66 per cent reduction in RIDDOR incidents.

Carey has also made significant progress in terms of innovation and sustainability. The firm showed how it is embracing building information modelling, impressing with its approach to training up its engineers in how to carry out these BIM roles.

Last year’s investment of £15m in new plant and equipment for the business was clearly a major undertaking but has proven to be of substantial benefit. These pieces of kit included a specialised jump rig, the first of its kind in the UK, which was brought in from Dubai and which the judges said was bound to make a difference to future projects.

It was clear to the judges that Carey has formed strong relationships with both clients and its supply chain, reflected in its silver award from the Supply Chain School. The company has shown itself to be an open and diverse organisation, bringing in and upskilling workers from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds.

This was backed up by a passionate presentation that really resonated with the judges and confirmed Carey as a worthy winner.

Highly commended: Keltbray Group

2015 proved a strong year for Keltbray as turnover grew 26 per cent, building on growth of 50 per cent in 2014.

The judges were hugely impressed with the focus and attention to detail Keltbray has committed to its projects, reflected in the high-profile jobs on Battersea, Crossrail and the Great Western Main Line. The firm’s high level of investment in technology and, crucially, skills demonstrated a commendable, forward-thinking mindset.

Keltbray’s success is embodied in the repeat work secured from contractors and clients, with the judging panel also recognising its efforts to ensure a safe, healthy and diverse workforce.


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