2018 CN Specialists Awards winners revealed


PHD Modular Access Services has come out top in this year’s Construction News Specialists Awards.

At a glittering ceremony held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel over 750 attendees from the UK’s leading specialists firms and clients came together to celebrate the best in construction.

Against stiff competition in the category which included previous winners GKR Scaffolding, PHD Modular Access Services was named this year’s Access & Scaffolding Specialist 2018.

PHD receiving their award, image credit: CN

According to the Construction News (CN), judges were blown away by PHD Modular Access’ entry, describing it as an example of a high-performing business from top to bottom. PHD whom recently became NASC members edged out its competitors with consistently exceptional standards across all the judges criteria says CN.

PHD has seen rapid growth other the last few years they expanded from a £10m business in 2016 to a turnover of £19m in 2017. With an increase in work with new clients and repeat business with existing clients PHD expects to hit £26m turnover for 2018.

CN judge commented: ”PHD showed consistently high performance. The company shows continued growth, has a number of highly impressive projects and its clients are clearly satisfied”

Access & Scaffolding Specialists of the Year Finalists:

  • Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding
  • Controlled Scaffolding
  • GKR Scaffolding
  • JECS Offshore Scaffolding
  • Premier Technical Services Group
  • QFS Scaffolding
  • WellMax Scaffolding

Innovation of the Year (Contractor): Winner

The scaffolding sector also saw success from GKR Scaffolding after they were awarded the impressive title of Innovation of the year. For their groundbreaking Virtual Reality Working At Height Safety Training that we previously reported on.

GKR Scaffolding receiving their award, Image credit: CN

Teaming up with VR Learning Studios with almost £100k of investment, GKR created a mind-boggling virtual reality environment. By using actual scaffolding structures GKR aims to influence scaffolders behavioral and attitudinal change using a VR world and a set of real-life scaffolding scenarios.

CN Judge commented: “An excellent innovation based on exciting ideas, this training will have broader applications both within and outside the industry”

Innovation of the Year Finalists

  • Bachy Soletanche
  • Kelly Formwork UK
  • Keltbray Piling
  • NG Bailey
  • O’Donovan Waste Disposal
  • Premier Technical Services Group