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Covering a range of passive and active re protection measures, this category attracted many keen entries

SPECIALIST AWARDS

FIRE PROTECTION SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR ? sponsored by Copon

WINNER: KILNBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

PASSIVE fire protection specialist Kilnbridge Construction Services places great emphasis on a positive working relationship with clients and as a result most of its work is from repeat customers.

Safety is of course a top priority for any contractor ? especially one whose stock in trade is installing protective systems ? and Kilnbridge takes an active approach to maintaining high standards of site safety.

Its safety team makes frequent visits to site to inspect conditions and reward teams and individuals who are demonstrating a proactive approach to safety.

Kilnbridge's site staff are thus encouraged to maintain high safety levels and introduce their own safety initiatives.

An essential component in maintaining site safety is the provision of training; Kilnbridge can demonstrate a 100 per cent CSCS-certified workforce.

Customer service is also a top priority for the company, which has recently introduced an online customer feedback system to keep track of customer satisfaction.

What the judges said: 'Excellent client relations and good community involvement in their projects? Their supply chain management is very effective and full CSCS certification is fantastic.'

HIGHLY COMMENDED: SMOKE CONTROL SERVICES South Wales-based Smoke Control Services is a dynamic, innovative company with highly motivated staff and is recognised for its progressive approach to business. Health and safety, environmental sustainability and customer satisfaction are top priorities.

The company is a keen advocate of collaborative working methods. Having taken a decision to reject competitive tendering two years ago, the company hopes to be securing all of its work through negotiation by the end of this year.

As part of its partnering ethos, SCS provides unlimited free consultancy and a technical seminar programme to partner clients and their teams.

The company's safety record is excellent, with no repor table accidents on its sites in 13 years of trading.

What the judges said: 'A well - run company that puts customers and staff relations first.'

FINALIST: AMEC FIRE ENGINEERING Amec Fire Engineering provides a complete service encompassing design, supply, installation and maintenance of fire protection and suppression systems.

It is one of the oldest companies in its field, with a history going back to 1948.

Undertaking a wide variety of fire protection contracts, Amec is equally at home installing new systems in modern industrial buildings or retro-fitting systems to historic buildings. Recent projects have included pharmaceutical plants, power stations and chemical plants as well as Buck ingham Palace, Hillsborough Castle and the Tower of London.

FINALIST: HALL FIRE PROTECTION A leader in active fire suppression, Hall prides itself on its design capabilities and its ability to provide the optimum bespoke fire protection system to suit any type of building.

The company says 'respect for people' is a fundamental element of its business, with sk ills development, performance appraisal, staff relations, motivation, flexibility, recruitment and succession at the forefront of its strategy.

Hall has consistently reduced its accident frequency rate over the past six years.