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

Asbestos removal, ground engineering, remote monitoring, modular construction, fit-out, steel and even barge transportation specialists are all represented among our eight finalists.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 BBGE 1

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 BBGE 1

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering

Following a record year in 2015, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering continued to grow in size and ambition in 2016. Project highlights included installing 173 plunge columns at One Nine Elms, which it describes as the largest piling project in the UK last year.

A focus on health and safety has produced results, with record levels of engagement and an increase in reporting that has seen a 35 per cent rise in near-miss reports. The firm also invested £3.5m in four new piling rigs.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 BennettsBarges

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 BennettsBarges

Bennett’s Barges

Bennett’s Barges specialises in the transportation of materials via barges on the rivers Thames and Medway, as well as specialist high-profile tows for the civil engineering industry.

The firm transported 150,000 tonnes of aggregate by barge in 2016, taking 7,500 HGV lorry movements off London’s roads. This number is set to treble in 2017 with upcoming projects including a major contract for Tideway. The company has also delivered multiple jack-up and crane barges to sites in central London such as Westminster Pier and Blackfriars.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 Bourne VA Museum

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 Bourne VA Museum

Bourne Construction Engineering

Bourne celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016, with the firm maintaining a proud record of recording a trading profit every year since 1946.

In particular, the steel specialist delivered three outstanding projects: Gasholders London as part of the King’s Cross development, supporting the refurbishment of a triplet of Grade II-listed cast-iron gasholder frames; the design, fabrication and erection of 13 ‘Toblerone’ trusses at the Exhibition Road project for the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the installation of more than 2,000 tonnes of structural steel and metal decking within Europe’s largest facade retention at LSQ London.

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CN Awards 2017_Specialists under 100_Cuddy 1

CN Awards 2017_Specialists under 100_Cuddy 1

Cuddy Environmental

Asbestos and hazardous waste removal specialist Cuddy Environmental has gone from strength to strength since spinning off as a standalone business from Cuddy Demolition and Dismantling in 2012.

It has seen turnover increase by 290 per cent from July 2012 to July 2016, far exceeding targets, and has diversified away from relying on its sister company for business, reducing the amount from 80 per cent of turnover in 2012 to just 24 per cent in 2016.

Despite the high-risk nature of the work, Cuddy has recorded no lost-time accidents or major incidents since 2012.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 ITM

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 ITM

ITM Monitoring

Following cashflow problems and the sale of the business after rapid growth, ITM Monitoring has bounced back after the original founder regained control of the firm and initiated a two-year sustainable growth strategy.

The company provided monitoring services for the upgrade of London’s Victoria station, which led directly to the firm securing more business with London Underground due to the quality of its work.

ITM also carried out monitoring on Network Rail’s Wessex route by providing remote condition monitoring systems for earthworks and drainage assets at 10 sites, which were fully automated – a first for the client.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 Lucas Nova

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 Lucas Nova


Fit-out and finishing specialist Lucas completed five years as technology partner of Formula One and engineering group McLaren in 2016, helping it introduce new technologies and methods into fit-out and finishing to achieve ever-higher standards.

The company’s new Lucas Innovation Centre sits alongside its laboratory facilities to develop new coatings and solutions for clients, while the company’s SmartSite app allows contractors to capture and document reported incidents involving damage or clean-up notices to improve efficiency and safety.

The firm also achieved a record turnover of £29m in 2016, up from £7.6m in 2010, and has worked more than 1.3m hours since its last RIDDOR.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 O Brien

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 O Brien

O’Brien Contractors

Ground engineering specialist O’Brien Contractors continued its impressive performance in 2016.

The contractor invested £1.3m in state-of-the-art plant and equipment, increased its training budget to £200,000 (more than five training days per employee), and maintained excellent health and safety standards.

It has increased the proportion of revenue completed as a main contractor to 40 per cent and launched a new residential business, O’Brien Developments, which purchased seven sites that are currently under development.

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 Premier Modular

CN Awards 2017 Specialists under 100 Premier Modular

Premier Modular

Premier Modular celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016 and maintained strong growth while increasing its factory capacity to 40,000 sq ft.

This increase was mainly the result of winning the contract to provide office and welfare facilities for a series of modular building complexes at Hinkley Point C in Somerset following EDF’s final investment decision.

The firm has also developed an innovative light-gauge steel modular building system for housing, providing a housing solution with high build qualities.

Groundforce logo 1

Groundforce logo 1

Groundforce offers total solutions to the construction industry dealing in shoring equipment, piling equipment, pipe stoppers, air pressure testing, trenchless technology, temporary bridges and excavation training.

With 30 years of experience, Groundforce has an enviable portfolio of products and services developed to meet the stringent safety requirements of today’s market, operating in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

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