Cornwall scaffolders bag top construction award

Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding / Credit: NASC

Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding has been named ‘Access & Scaffolding Specialist Of The Year’ at last night’s CN Specialists Awards 2022.

The Cornwall-based scaffolding firm scooped the award at the glitzy annual London event held yesterday (22 September 2022) by the Construction News.

Judges said they were impressed by the business’s passion for innovation and drive to constantly evolve.

They highlighted the firm’s forward-thinking innovations giving examples including when Sedgeman adapted ties used in cliff climbing for a technical scaffold at St Michael’s Mount which was submerged in the sea, and creating new extendable ledgers that allow for greater flexibility that can be delivered on site.

Judges also commended the business for exploring the use of solar panels and running its trucks and other vehicles on hydrotreated vegetable oil as part of its ambition to become carbon neutral. It has also trialled recyclable scaffold sheeting.

“Sedgemans’ drive to push the business forward with technical and environmental advances, plus its pride in its workforce and commitment to their training, had shone through”, the judges said.

Speaking to Scaffmag about the win Managing Director Chris Sedgeman said: “We are proud of all our workforce for their hard work over the past year. We have delivered some challenging projects from Geevor Tin Mine to working on a film set.

We pride ourselves on handling complex works but ensure the same commitment for all areas of our scaffold business. It takes the whole team to achieve excellence and we are well aware of the level of commitment we need to provide to ensure the company can sustain the new challenging environment.”

Additionally, Manchester-based contractors Allied Scaffolding Ltd picked up the Highly Commended award in this category.

Editor of Construction News, Colin Marrs added: “The CN Specialist Awards is always a very special occasion and this year’s event was no exception. At a time of economic uncertainty for subcontractors, it feels more vital than ever to celebrate the incredible work the industry does.

“The entries for this year’s award revealed inspiring stories of innovation, effort and efficiency that bear testament to the industry’s continuing adaption to ever-changing circumstances. It was amazing to see so many recognised and a shame that not every shortlisted entry could win.