Clancy Docwra and Cleshar have been named as Contractors of the Year in NCE’s Civil Engineering Contractors File 2011 after delivering recession-busting performances while recruiting, retaining and investing in the training of key staff.
NCE’s annual Contractors File is recognised by the industry as a unique document on the health and wealth of the UK civil engineering contracting sector.
This year’s File, published today, confirms that it has been another difficult year for civil engineering contractors. Many firms have seen civils turnover and profits fall. Others have cut staff numbers and sacrificed margins in a quest to survive.
This makes the performance of the firms recognised in this year’s NCE Contractors of the Year Awards all the more remarkable. Many have seen double-digit turnover growth. Most have increased profits and order books. And significantly, all have increased the number of engineers employed.
The winning and highly commended firms have all succeeded by focusing on key clients and delivering on the government’s more for less agenda.
Winner of the major firm award for contractors with a civils turnover of £200M or more is Clancy Docwra, which in the past two years has competitively tendered framework agreements with all its existing key clients — and retained work with all of them — Anglian, Scottish, South East, Southern, Sutton & East Surrey and Thames in the water sector; London Underground in the Rail sector.
In addition it has established new relationships with CE Electric, Scottish Power, Scottish Gas, Scottish & Southern Electric in the lucrative energy market.
Winner in the medium firm category for contractors with a civils turnover of less than £200M — Cleshar — also points to the securing and retention of key relationships and frameworks as key.
For Cleshar it is its flagship project — a £150M five year deal with London Underground/ Transport for London for renewals and maintenance works on the permanent way on two thirds of their infrastructure. It says key to success is a focus to provide an “unwavering, unequivocal” commitment to its clients’ requirements.
In both categories there were some further stand-out performances. Highly commended in the major firm category is Costain. Shortlisted for the major firm award were Balfour Beatty, Colas, Kier, Vinci Construction and VolkerWessels.
Highly commended in the medium firm category is Buckingham Group and Raymond Brown. Also shortlisted were AE Yates, Bear Scotland, I&H Brown, John Sisk Construction and North Midland Construction.
More information on all the contenders, along with images of their flagship projects, can be found in NCE’s interactive Contractors File at www.nce.co.uk/contractors