At the end of this category’s face-to-face judging day, the panel had no less than six of the eight finalists still in contention as potential winners.
All shortlisted companies can be rightly proud of making this decision one of the most difficult and closely contested of this year’s awards.
However, after much deliberation, the panel settled on a winner that ticked every single box to a high standard.
As its tricky jobs for Selfridges and Lots Road Power Station demonstrated, demolition specialist Scudder delivered superb, technical projects in an innovative way for demanding clients.
Such successes saw the firm grow turnover significantly in 2015, up more than 60 per cent to £40.6m, while average contract value tripled to £4m. Growth is set to continue, with a projected 20 per cent increase in turnover in 2016.
But it was Scudder’s all-round approach that wowed the judges.
The firm has evolved its operation to deliver 90 per cent of work through in-house expertise, as opposed to subcontracting to other companies.
This has helped the firm improve its repeat business to 50 per cent, which is providing greater security on future work and leading to higher-value contracts.
Scudder also demonstrated how it is looking to the future through innovative technology. It has gone further than competitors by using CGI visualisation and 4D project modelling software to take clients through its methodology and demonstrate how work affects the local environment.
“Scudder has achieved impressive growth while maintaining strong performance in all business areas, and their focus on staff training and culture is commendable”
This helped in planning programmes and increasing flexibility in its approach, as seen on Lots Road Power Station, where a remodelled programme reduced the overall project time by several weeks.
The judges also commended Scudder for its commitment to developing staff and creating a progressive workforce culture. In particular, the firm gives employees significant training and learning opportunities coupled with a real focus on promoting staff from within.
On sustainability, the critical concern for any demolition company is the large volume of waste produced. Scudder tackles this head on, recognised by praise from the Considerate Constructors Scheme as well as other national awards.
What delighted the judging panel further was the firm’s partnership with sister company Seneca, which allows Scudder to divert 100 per cent of waste from landfill, giving its clients full visibility of the process.
It was no easy feat picking the winner, but Scudder’s all-round approach makes it a deserving victor.
- AR Demolition
- FK Group
- Longworth Building Services
- LSC Group
- O’Brien Contractors
- Van Elle
- WJ Groundwater