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

These companies have provided specialist expertise to some of the UK’s biggest and most complex projects in 2015.

Keltbray Specialist over CN Awards 2016

Keltbray Specialist over CN Awards 2016

Keltbray Group

Keltbray Group continued to secure long-term projects in 2015 and guaranteed itself a pipeline of work up to 2021. Major wins included a regeneration project at Purfleet, Battersea Power Station, Crossrail, the Great Western Main Line electrification and asbestos management for Royal Mail Group.

Work has continued at London Bridge and Earls Court while its work at One Angel Court in the centre of London has seen it retain a high-rise concrete core while demolishing the structure around it on an extremely tight site.

M W Group Specialist over CN Awards 2016

M+W Group Specialist over CN Awards 2016

M+W Group

M+W Group secured work on a record number of new projects last year, succeeding in its target markets with an impressive win ratio of 90 per cent by value.

Its specialist expertise was deployed on complex schemes including cutting-edge cell therapy research facilities in Stevenage and on delivering a solution to safely deal with waste in the UK’s deepest nuclear shaft and silo waste system at Dounreay.

PJ Carey Contractors Specialist over CN Awards 2016

PJ Carey Contractors Specialist over CN Awards 2016

PJ Carey (Contractors)

Carey’s structural division has achieved significant growth in the past 12 months.

Its recently established design team has also continued to go from strength to strength, providing skilled support to its structures contracts and helping deliver a number of complex buildings in the last year, including Lots Road Power Station.

Its annual £15m investment in specialist plant and equipment has also helped it provide clients with the best possible resources to complete projects.

Prater Alder Hey Specialist over CN Awards 2016

Prater Alder Hey Specialist over CN Awards 2016


In 2015, Prater delivered more than 24 projects across a wide range of disciplines, including the redevelopment of London Bridge station, the largest glue-laminated timber project in the UK for Sky, and a green roof project at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital based on original designs from a 15-year-old patient.

It has championed communities by employing local people in a variety of roles and has also invested £500,000 in its factories, while through the £100m turnover mark.

SES_Specialist over_CN Awards 2016

SES_Specialist over_CN Awards 2016

SES Engineering Services

Last year was one of change for SES Engineering Services after being acquired by Wates Group in October 2015.

The firm worked on the delivery of MEP services to the new replacement road bridge over the Firth of Forth, and also provided the design, installation and commissioning of MEP services at the Margam Green Energy Plant, Port Talbot.

A long-standing relationship with client Argent and contractor Carillion has also seen it add value to the regeneration of King’s Cross in London, using innovative offsite solutions on the scheme’s residential elements.

SPIE Specialist over CN Awards 2016

SPIE Specialist over CN Awards 2016


Spie had a stand-out year for project delivery, developing innovative solutions for clients in a range of sectors.

It facilitated an enhanced delivery service, which reduced complaints of occupant discomfort at a major new London building for a global banking organisation, and has worked on the design and build of fully modularised large-scale data centres for major international operators.

Over half of the contractor’s work comes from long-term clients, demonstrating its commitment to customer relationships.

Styles and Wood Specialist over CN Awards 2016

Styles & Wood Specialist over CN Awards 2016

Styles & Wood

Styles & Wood branched out from its traditional strength of retail fit-out to deliver major contracts across a range of sectors.

The firm restructured into five divisions with a focus on sectors like commercial fit-out and financial services. Retail has now dropped from 70 per cent of group sales in 2009 to less than 30 per cent in 2014.

Styles & Wood also brought training in-house to address the skills gap while partnering with project management firm GVA Acuity to launch a joint modular apprenticeship scheme, where apprentices move between the two businesses and develop a range of management and technical skills.

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