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The judges declared this 'a wide-open category' with little to choose between finalists.Weather proong Advisors merited a special mention for its approach to 'people' issues

SPECIALIST AWARDS

ROOFING SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR ? sponsored by Kerry London

WINNER: LAKESMERE

LAKESMERE is a keen exponent of partnering and supply-chain integration, securing the majority of its work through negotiated contracts and holding an annual supply-chain conference for its staff, suppliers and clients.

Similarly, the company holds an annual review of health and safety matters in order to achieve the best possible standards on its sites.

A recent project that exemplifies the Lakesmere approach is the new debating chamber for the National Assembly for Wales. Topped with a 3,000 sq m Kal-Zip profiled metal roof, the National Assembly building was a demanding project due to the unusual design and complex geometry of the roof. Many members of the construction team actually believed that the roof could not be achieved using Kal-Zip.

However, Lakesmere's early contractual involvement allowed its designers to demonstrate the feasibility of the Kal-Zip proposal.

What the judges said: 'This was a technically very strong submission and scored highly in terms of its high regard for its people'

FINALIST: WEATHERPROOFING ADVISORS Now in its 20th year, Weatherproofing Advisors claims a number of firsts: the first roofing contractor to achieve ISO9001 quality assurance certification and the first to be awarded Investors In People accreditation. The company attributes its many achievements to the high calibre of its employees and believes a motivated workforce is the key to success.

One of the company's most recent successes is the refurbishing of the roof over Manchester Airport's Terminal One building, a task that included the installat ion of 17,500 sq m of built-up felt and 10,200 sq m of liquid roofing on 42 roofs within budget and four weeks early.

FINALIST: CAPITAL ROOFING Driven by a dedicated senior management team committed to investing in growth, Capital Roofing enjoys a culture of shared purpose among its staff. The company has recently established a new training centre designed, built and funded entirely in-house.

Describing itself as an 'enthusiastic, highly competent and efficient small-medium sized enterprise', Capital believes it has the potential to become a leader in its field.

FINALIST: PRATER This well-known roofing contractor has a reputation for tackling complex projects.

Recent projects include Albion Riverside, Pier 6 at Gatwick Airport, GCHQ and the new Arsenal Football Club stadium. Prater has recently extended its portfolio to embrace cladding and curtain walling.

Most of the company's work is repeat business and it enjoys preferred supplier status with a number of contractors and clients, including Bovis Lend Lease, Stanhope, BAA, Sir Robert McAlpine and Carillion.