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Construction News Awards finalists: Tomorrow's Company

The finalists in this category have all shown qualities that make them a candidate for Tomorrow’s Company: a business that is looking to the future and growing.

A1 Flue Systems

Having installed flue and exhaust systems on most of London’s tall buildings, including the new Leadenhall Building, this family business continues to grow.

A 2012 restructure has seen the business move forward, with profits reinvested into expanding the company’s workshop and launching a maintenance subsidiary company.

In July 2013, A1 Flue Systems became the first UK manufacturer to achieve the CE mark for complete commercial flue and chimney systems – part of the firm’s well-established research and development strategy.


Lucas’ determination to pursue a high-technology approach to finishing and fit-out with blue-chip clients has led to turnover increasing every year since 2011.

The firm has opened new offsite manufacturing facilities, expanded its laboratory services offering and stepped up its use of 3D modelling in partnership with building information modelling specialists.

Lucas has also developed a range of sustainable surface treatments to protect and coat every type of building surface, as well as designing and patenting a new range of specialist tools.

N A Curtain Walling

N A Curtain Walling has steadily built on its core business of installation, working with prestigious clients to step up from being a subcontractor to a contractor in its own right.

The firm made significant investment in new hires and training last year and has continually picked up new business to become one of the leading players in its sector.

Work for Berkeley Homes and Heathrow Airport demonstrates this company’s quality and has helped it to secure a large order book for the future.

O’Brien Contractors

After the recession hit turnover and profits, O’Brien Contractors transformed itself by diversifying into new sectors.

The company vastly expanded the range of services it offered, turning itself from a specialist into a principal contractor and putting itself into a position to bid for higher-value contracts.

The firm increased its client base, repeat business levels and tender success rates, as well as seeing profits rise to a record £907,000 – more than twice its own target.

Russells Construction

Russells Construction passed its own pre-recession turnover target of £30m for the second consecutive year in 2013, growing 12 per cent on 2012 and 80 per cent since 2009.

The firm won more large-scale projects for high-profile clients than ever before last year, including Radisson, Motel One and Derwent Holdings, securing a large amount of repeat business in the process.

All 2013 projects were delivered on time and on budget, with further growth anticipated for next year.


Local authorities have faced significant budget cuts in the last few years, but essential work is still needed to update or replace critical buildings and infrastructure.

Owned by six local authorities, Scape delivered 100 per cent of its projects on time and on budget in 2013.

It operates both national and regional frameworks and has created procurement processes and standardised designs that have saved both time and money.

Turnover has risen substantially, with Scape now working with more than 365 public sector bodies.

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