Read about the winner and shortlisted entries for this year’s Specialist Contractor of the Year award
Winner: Imtech Engineering Services
Notable projects this year include working on Battersea Power Station for Mace and the London Legacy Development Company’s V&A East scheme in Stratford, east London. On the latter, Imtech worked with the BIM specialist, drylining contractor and fire-stopping contractor to review builders’ work openings. It then developed a design document that the main contractor and designer are using to ensure that future designs meet all fire‑stopping or spatial fit requirements.
Project highlights from the past year include HMP Glen Parva in Leicestershire, Battersea Power Station, and Skypark in Glasgow. To overcome inflationary pressures, BriggsAmasco has engaged with clients and suppliers, introducing three-way contract agreements to share risk. It has also invested to develop its employees’ and subcontractors’ roofing knowledge and skills via a range of accredited learning programmes leading to a recognised qualification.
Over the past 12 months, Clipfine has delivered construction logistics services for many high‑profile contracts across the UK, working as a specialist subcontractor for main contractors such as Lendlease, Mace, Multiplex, Skanska and Sir Robert McAlpine. This has included significant infrastructure projects such as HS2 Euston station and Old Oak Common station. The firm is also delivering a sector-based work academy programme with King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre in central London.
JLES is a nationwide infrastructure specialist dealing with road and sewer adoptions on a consult and construct basis for commercial developer and housebuilder clients. It is the only contractor in the housebuilding arena to provide all services for adoption as one single-source solution for legal, design, surveying, on-site works and statutory body liaison. JLES is committed to its workforce, with more than 44% of its staff working towards a qualification.
MEP contractor Kane is constantly adding a competitive edge to its business through the introduction and modification of technology and software systems. Recently it developed an in-house bespoke procurement app that is hugely efficient and invested in a suite of bespoke digital technologies to ensure high standards of project delivery. The firm’s headcount has grown 20% since 2021.
Kilnbridge’s leadership decided to make the multidisciplinary company an employee-owned business in June 2021. The firm empowers its people to enable them to safely deliver some of the most complex and prestigious work elements throughout the UK. Meanwhile, the Kilnbridge cultural behaviour programme, Safety in Action, sees its site teams conduct regular industry-leading Safety Stand Down events to ensure safety standards across the supply chain.
Tilbury Douglas Engineering
This specialist in delivering complex schemes for some of the UK’s critical infrastructure worked with 23 NHS trusts in 2021, on 32 healthcare projects. This included fast-track winter pressure wards and facilities to cope with the after-effects of covid. Average customer satisfaction is 9.1/10, a figure that complements the firm’s 100% client referral rate.
In the past 12 months TMJ Interiors has worked on residential projects, including 1-3 Grosvenor Square and Sky, Isleworth. In 2022 it introduced the TMJ mission, core values and company objectives, which underpin the business culture. The contractor’s Grow Our Own policy enables employees to pursue a range of qualifications from apprenticeships to masters.
WysePower has been working to adapt its new business to target emerging sectors such as large‑scale infrastructure and megasheds distribution facilities. To guard against a UK slowdown it has also focused on working with UK contractors on European projects, specifically data, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.
DGP is a specialist providing construction logistics and civil engineering services on a variety of projects. Despite the challenges of the past year, DGP has grown by more than 30%, with significant investment in future growth through restructuring the business and starting a new infrastructure division. The past 12 months have seen the new division secure projects with new clients including Norfolk county council, the Imperial War Museum and EcoWorld.