Industry leading firms and members of the scaffolding and access community came together in Edinburgh on Friday evening for the annual NASC 2018 Awards & Ball.

The sell-out glitzy event, held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, saw over 400 attendees from some of the UK’s leading scaffolding firms converge to celebrate the very best in scaffolding.

Champagne and canapés awaited guests on arrival to the black-tie event, followed by a fine-dining three-course meal and a wealth of top-class after-dinner entertainers. leading on to the main event hosted by acclaimed TV presenter and former international gymnast Gabby Logan.

The Awards

The recently expanded NASC Awards ceremony featured seven categories, including Project of the Year and Health & Safety – which were both split into Large and Small sub-categories – as well as the Apprentice of the Year and the Scaffolding Product Innovation award.

Project of the Year – Turnover over £5 million

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NASC Project of the Year 2018

  • PHD Modular Access Services Ltd (Winner) – Project: Big Ben Conservation Project, London.
  • GKR Ltd (Runner-up) – Project: Wimbledon Court One, London.
  • TRAD Scaffolding Ltd (Highly Commended) – Project: Intu Watford Shopping Centre Roof.
  • Millcroft Services plc – Project: Athlone House, Highgate.

Project of the Year – Turnover up to £5 million

Sponsored by Layher UK Ltd

  • Coventry Scaffolding Ltd (Winner) – Project: The London Mastaba.
  • LTC Group 87 (Runner-up) – Project: UK Hydrographic Office Taunton.
  • Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd (Highly commended) – Project: Longrock Depot, Penzance.
  • CCS Scaffolding Ltd – Project: Waterloo International Terminal Upgrade

NASC President’s Award

Sponsored by TRAD Safety Systems Ltd

  • RPF Ltd (Winner)
  • Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd (Runner-up)
  • High Peak Scaffolding Ltd
  • TRAD Group Ltd

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Prime Scaffold and Structural Designs Ltd

  • GKR Ltd (Winner)
  • PERI Ltd (Runner-up)
  • KAEFER Ltd
  • TRAD Safety Systems

Health and Safety Award – 67+ Employees

Sponsored by Simian Risk Group

  • GKR Ltd (Winner)
  • Connect Scaffolding Ltd (Runner-up)
  • SCA Group Ltd
  • TRAD Scaffolding Co Limited

Health and Safety Award – 1-66 Employees

Sponsored by Safety & Access Ltd

  • Malvern Scaffolding Ltd (Winner)
  • Complete Access Scaffolding Ltd (Runner-up)
  • Allen & Foxworthy Ltd
  • Focus MDC Ltd
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Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by TRAD Hire & Sales Ltd

  • George Duke – Connect Scaffolding Ltd (Winner)
  • Robert Grant – ASC Ltd (Runner-up)
  • Jordan Edwards – TRAD Scaffolding Company Ltd
  • Callum Ward – KAEFER Ltd

Closing the awards for the evening, attendees watched the Britain’s Got Talent finalists electronic string quartet Escala.

Actress, comedian, impressionist and singer Debra Stephenson served as the evening’s headline act, delivering a set filled with her impersonations of celebrities such as Davina McCall, Theresa May, Jo Brand and even Donald Trump.

Charities Benefit

Despite the impressive line-up and prestigious awards ceremony, the highlight of the night was inarguably the generous attendees, who helped raise more than £50,000 for charity, which will be split between the Lighthouse Club and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “It was a fantastic evening. The planned elements of the evening were incredibly well-received, from the keenly contested awards to the night’s entertainment.
“What was more pleasing for me was the element outside of our control; the charity auction. The five lots drew bids far exceeding their reserve prices, and this total was boosted further by a number of members who donated significant sums of money on the night.
“We could not possibly have expected to raise such a large amount for the two nominated charities and would like to thank the members for their generosity.”

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Club, said: “It was a magnificent event and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I cannot believe how generous the membership and their guests were in raising such an incredible amount on the evening.
“100% of this donation will go towards supporting our Construction Industry Helpline and supporting our construction workforce and their families in crisis.”

Ryan Campbell, CEO of Demelza Hospice Care for Children, added: “We were overwhelmed by the kindness of NASC members. To receive a donation of more than £25,000 was completely unexpected.
“It is only through donations such as this that we are able us to continue to provide vital services and support to life-limited children and their families.”