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Construction News Awards finalists: Contractor

This award recognises the outstanding contractors in construction and showcases industry-leading achievements.

Bam Construct UK

Major projects for Bam Construct UK last year included the National Graphene Institute and the Co-Operative Group HQ in Manchester.

The company invested more than £1m in nearly 6,000 days of training and launched BIM for FM to apply BIM to facilities management.

Staff turnover was just 4.2 per cent in 2013 and Bam Construct is the highest contractor in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Clugston Construction

Following a successful 2012, Clugston continued to make progress last year, driven by its long-term strategic plan.

The company recorded its third consecutive year of growth, with turnover up 35 per cent from £96m to £130m, while a strong order book for 2014 has allowed it to open a new regional business unit in the West Midlands.

Safety also improved with a 60 per cent reduction in all injuries and a 58 per cent fall in RIDDORs.

Higgins Construction

Higgins continued to operate a rolling business plan aimed at being the leading constructor in the South-east and to achieve a turnover of £250m.

The company is on the way to achieving this, securing a £140m regeneration scheme in London last year, among other projects.

Repeat business stood at 92 per cent and the firm’s payment terms remain at 32 days. Higgins was also the first firm to be approved for all 26 Green Deal measures.

Interserve Construction

Interserve won high-profile projects such as the Birmingham University Sports Centre while achieving a low voluntary staff churn last year.

The firm launched SustainAbilities in 2013 in a commitment to sustainability and gained Stage 2 Investor in Diversity accreditation.

It delivered almost 5,000 training days and continued to invest in local communities through its employee foundation, with £352,000 spent so far.

JN Bentley

JN Bentley has continued to deliver outstanding projects for longstanding clients, including Yorkshire Water Services, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water and United Utilities, Proctor & Gamble and National Grid.

Its Engineering Sustainable Outcomes plan is well-established within the business, while its training budget of £1m-plus supports in-house apprenticeship and leadership schemes.

Lagan Construction Group

Lagan Construction Group’s turnover grew from £128m to £174m in 2013, with profits also doubling.

This family-owned firm completed a £56m project at Guernsey Airport last year, saving 5 per cent on bid costs and reducing the programme by nine months along the way.

The firm took on projects worldwide, boosting exports by 82 per cent in 2012/13 to a record £138m, with this expected to be maintained this year.

Mace

Mace continued to win high-profile projects with prestigious clients last year, including preliminary works at Battersea Power Station. It also completed The Place, the 18-storey office development opposite The Shard, on time and on budget.

Satisfaction among both employees and clients is high and repeat business sits at 75 per cent. The firm also launched a cycle safety initiative and has worked with the supply chain to boost awareness.

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