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

These nine specialist contractors, working in a range of disciplines and sectors, have all demonstrated excellence in the past year.

AR Demolition Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

AR Demolition Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

AR Demolition

AR Demolition has completed more than 150 projects in the past 12 months, ranging in size and complexity – including deconstructing buildings in a live environment for Pfizer in Havant, and working in a high-security location with Centrica to relocate a redundant turbine.

Training has been a major focus for the company, with more than 5,000 hours delivered in 2014/15. The firm also invested more than £4m on new plant and equipment and has increased its client base by 28.5 per cent since January 2015, with turnover rising by 40 per cent.

Britplas Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

Britplas Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

Britplas

Last year saw Britplas celebrate its 10th year of operations by completing projects on three different continents from its base in Warrington. Turnover rose from £11.3m in 2014 to £14.3m in 2015, exceeding its targets, with employee numbers also rising from 63 to 74.

The firm completed several £1m-plus projects as part of the prestigious ProCure21+ framework and is known as a mental health specialist, but has branched out further into the commercial and education sectors in recent months. It also undertook more than 2,500 hours of training in a year for the first time.

FK Group Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

FK Group Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

FK Group

FK Group has forecast a 51 per cent increase in turnover for the 2015/16 financial year.

Last year saw the building envelope specialist expand into the United Arab Emirates by establishing a new office in Dubai, with the firm already winning work in the region as a result.

Other landmark projects included work on Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium South Stand expansion and the completion of a new council office building in Stoke using a bespoke glazed façade manufactured off site.

Longworth Building Services Newcastle College Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

Longworth Building Services Newcastle College Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

Longworth Building Services

This building envelope specialist worked on 29 projects in 2015 and boosted its turnover year on year while also increasing the average project value.

It also targeted more local work and secured over 50 per cent of projects within one hour of its head office in St Helens.

A highlight was its work on phase one of Aintree Hospital, working around a live building and completing one week ahead of schedule.

LSC Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

LSC Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

LSC Group

Last year saw the formation of the LSC Group, allowing the company’s leading facades business to concentrate on major construction projects across the UK while its special works division provides the specialist skills required for niche projects.

The firm was named as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain, while also winning its first £5m-plus contract with RG Group at Olympic Way, Wembley.

O Brien Contractors Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

O’Brien Contractors Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

O’Brien Contractors

Between 2014 and 2015, O’Brien Contractors increased its turnover by just under 60 per cent, while increasing profit by over 225 per cent to record levels.

The firm created a new business plan in 2014 that is updated biannually, and has invested more than £4.4m (including £1.8m last year) in new software, equipment and machinery to increase efficiency.

O’Brien also recorded zero RIDDORs in 2014/15, with an accident frequency rate of zero.

Scudder Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

Scudder Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

Scudder

This demolition specialist has grown significantly in recent years, with turnover rising from £24m in 2014 to around £40m in 2015.

The firm’s average contract value has also jumped from £1.2m to £4m, while it has diversified its workload from traditional industrial and commercial projects to work in sectors including residential, transport, education and leisure.

Safety has also been good, with an AFR of 0.01 per cent and only one RIDDOR in the past 12 months despite a significant rise in total worker-hours worked.

Van Elle Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

Van Elle Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

Van Elle

In the 12-month period up to the end of April 2015, Van Elle’s turnover grew from £46.6m to £73.6m, with profit also rising.

Employee numbers have risen from 404 to 476, while the ground engineering specialist has also invested heavily in new rigs and equipment.

Its relatively new rail division has continued to go from strength to strength, completing many technically challenging projects for Network Rail and working more than one million hours without a RIDDOR.

WJ Groundwater Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

WJ Groundwater Specialist up to CN Awards 2016

WJ Groundwater

With a presence in Dubai and Qatar, WJ Groundwater continued to expand in 2015 by opening new offices in Poland and Scotland.

This has allowed it to provide greater support for local projects in those regions, working on the Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the M74 Raith Interchange, as well as the Lodz High Speed Rail Interchange, south-west of Warsaw.

Closer to home, Crossrail is by far the firm’s most successful dewatering project to date, with 2,400 wells – both above and below ground – completed by the end of 2015.

Sponsor: Groundforce

Groundforce has been supporting the construction industry for more than 35 years, delivering a huge portfolio of products and services specifically developed to address the challenges and stringent safety requirements of today’s market.

The company provides shoring, piling, temporary bridging, pipe stoppers, trenchless technology pump hire, and through its Groundforce Training division, aims to raise industry standards and best practice in excavation support.

Groundforce is committed to providing a one-stop shop of ‘total solutions’ to the construction

and civil engineering industry, operating a fully supported service throughout the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. Through the divisions of Groundforce Shorco, Piletec, Stopper Specialists, Groundforce Bridge, U Mole, Shorflo and Groundforce Training Services, Groundforce aims to keep at the forefront of the industry, and is delighted to support this Specialist Contractor of the Year award.

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