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SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR: Cantillon Demolition - sponsored by T&G


THE OVERALL winner, Cantillon Demolition, put on such an astonishingly good performance in its role on the BBC's Broadcasting House reconstruction project, that it completely stole the show.

Nobody - not the client, the residents of nearby flats, neighbouring businesses nor even the main contractor, Bovis - could quite believe that such a major demolition operation could take place without significant disruption.Until, that is, Cantillon delivered on its promise.

The complexity of this project was enormous.An eight-storey building, hemmed in on every side by offices and apartment buildings, was to be demolished; a large chunk of Broadcasting House itself was to be removed and a new structure built in its place; 1,500 BBC personnel were to be relocated.And throughout all this, disruption to BBC radio broadcasts was to be avoided at all costs.

Throughout the course of this contract, Cantillon demonstrated time and again its ability to manage and innovate.

Training, health and safety, plant utilisation, community relations, environmental protection and project management were all exemplary.

Astonishingly, the company received no serious complaints.

(Rumour has it that the whole of Radio 2 remained blissfully unaware that the work was even taking place).

This was a contract in which the specialist took centre stage as the main contractor. Cantillon's project management was of the highest order and the results exceeded everybody's expectations.

Although it was the undisputed winner of the supreme award, Cantillon was given a good run for its money by the other finalists. In the judges' final deliberation, three other firms - Alumet, Advanced Roofing and steelwork firm Billington Structures - were all singled out for special praise as exemplars in their respective fields.