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Specialist Contractor of the Year

In contention for this award are firms covering a broad spectrum of specialisms, including M&E, building envelope, fire prevention and ground engineering.

Concrete Repairs

2014 was a successful year for Concrete Repairs, with turnover up by 35 per cent to a record £27.5m and profits also up.

Its framework contracts now contribute more than 35 per cent to its annual turnover, including work for Eurotunnel, at Sellafield and for Thames Water.

Highlights included the largest car park refurbishment contract in the UK at Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough, and the company has also completed a challenging two-year marine contract in Guernsey.

2015 will be the company’s 60th year in business with growth prospects still strong for the future.

EIC

EIC focused on winning mechanical, electrical and plumbing contracts in 2014, targeting projects with a value of £5-10m – an ambitious vision when the firm’s ceiling was set at £3m prior to this.

Within six months, EIC secured three big wins, at the Barclaycard Arena, the Ministry of Defence, and Coral Springs retirement village.

The contract at the Barclaycard Arena with Bam in particular demonstrated the firm’s ability to take on bigger projects, with EIC’s health and safety excellence on the scheme a highlight.

Fire Design Solutions

FDS achieved the highest annual turnover in its history last year, representing growth of 21 per cent year on year, with profits also exceeding targets.

The company brought 26 new clients on board and already has a strong order book for the next financial year.

It worked on an array of projects, including commercial, residential and mixed-use developments such as Galliard Construction’s New Capital Quay.

FDS designed and delivered smoke venting systems, fire control panel systems and other variations to 12 blocks in one of its largest projects to date, with the client satisfied with the outcome.

FM Conway

Infrastructure services specialist FM Conway holds long-term contracts with 17 London boroughs, carrying out vital works on the road network as well as maintaining many of the capital’s parks, stadiums, venues and communities.

The firm has achieved strong growth despite the economic downturn, increasing turnover by over 90 per cent in seven years and also growing pre-tax profit significantly.

Turnover is projected to rise by a further 70 per cent by the end of 2017.

A highlight last year was the award of an eight-year contract with Westminster Council worth £450m, one of the highways sector’s single biggest contracts in 2014.

N A Curtain Walling

N A Curtain Walling’s turnkey building envelope business boasted turnover growth of 143 per cent last year, reaching the highest levels in its 12-year history.

The company diversified, entering the manufacturing sector through a new partnership while also providing facilities management and specialist access solutions for a comprehensive service.

Its decision to invest 3 per cent of every contract into training saw £100,000 invested in 2013/14 across 80 courses, with the industry’s first curtain walling apprenticeship launching earlier this year along with a dedicated training centre.

NG Bailey

NG Bailey improved its profit and its order book in 2014, successfully diversifying the business after a tough recession.

Health and safety incidents are at an all-time low, with reportable accidents dropping by 27 per cent.

A pioneering energy management innovation for Morrisons has guaranteed the retailer a 16 per cent saving in its energy bill.

Another highlight was its work to replace the ‘engine room’ at Birmingham New Street station, a facility that carries all the M&E services to each of its 12 platforms.

RMD Kwikform

RMD Kwikform had a strong year in 2014.

The firm introduced a new ground shoring division, diversifying into a new sector, which is set to begin commercial operations this year.

It developed its existing Paraslim product to make it safer, offering more benefits to customers.

Its Ascent-S system has also gone from strength to strength, being used on projects around the globe.

Van Elle

Ground engineering specialist Van Elle had a record-breaking year in 2014, achieving its best profit figures, and securing its highest forward order book to date.

Its specialist rail business, launched in 2013, continued its rapid growth, with more than £6m invested in the division in 2014 to help it beat its goals.

The firm has now exceeded its five-year profit target in year two of the plan, rewriting the programme to redefine a new strategy and vision.

Notable projects included the UK’s largest sheet piling project on the rail network for Carillion and the A14 soil nailing embankment stabilisation project for Costain.

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