This category provides the opportunity for geotechnical contractors or general contractors undertaking ground engineering work to demonstrate a continued dedication to delivering innovation, quality and value over the last year.
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Business has grown both in terms of turnover and profit in the past 12 months for Bachy Soletanche. Turnover increased by £2M and profit by 57% from the previous year.
The firm has historically been strong in the London market, but 2017 saw it actively targeting the Scottish market. This included a client programme of CPD, site visits and trade exhibitions – an approach that has already seen success with two projects awarded and delivered in the region, along with others in the pipeline.
Turnover for Bauer increased by £16M to £36M in 2017, helped by large contracts for Battersea Power Station phase 2 and the York Potash Woodsmith Mine, which is the biggest single value contract ever awarded to the firm.
The foundation works for Battersea demonstrates the firm’s expertise is combining cooperation and geotechnical expertise. It assembled an experienced, multinational project team and integrating a number of key suppliers. Managed by Bauer, the partners delivered robust, value engineered solutions that extended outside of the firm’s existing core competences.
A privately-owned business, Foundation Piling has seen turnover grow by 10% year on year. The firm is best known in the north west and south west, but has recently expanded into the south east.
In recent years the company has increased its rig fleet to deliver larger and deeper piled foundations, such as the Exeter Flood Alleviation scheme. The firm mobilised to site eight times at eight different locations, using six different piling rigs and introduced a tracked agitator/pump to accommodate the site conditions.
Last year was another exceptional one for Keltbray Piling and it recorded its 8th successive year of growth with a turnover £70.3M. Employee numbers have also risen by 31%.
The firm’s focus on innovation continued with a partnership established with City University for hollow pile, Converge for a maturity method for piling using wireless technology and cement free piling foundations. According to the Keltbray, these developments have the potential to revolutionise the industry and deliver significant reduction in embedded carbon.
A robust business performance from McGee over the last 12 months has been driven by focusing on the firm’s traditional core areas of complex demolition and deep basement work in London and the south east.
Record turnover of £125M, 24% higher than the previous year, has driven up employee numbers proportionally, with the firm successfully delivering two of London’s deepest basements - the 34m deep Edwardian hotel in Leicester Square and the 28.5m deep Proton Beam Therapy Centre for University College London Hospital.
Ward and Burke Construction
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Over 700 people are employed by Ward and Burke Construction, where revenue has grown from £161M to £179M in the past year, through work in the UK, Ireland and Canada.
According to the firm, this expansion is a direct result of 15 years of in-house training for all workers, including engineers. Investment in plant was £27M in 2016. The portfolio of work undertaken included 130 in-situ caissons (4m to 30m internal diameter), microtunnelling (9,300m 1200mm-2700mm ID) and 56,000m³ of reinforced concrete structures.