This year’s online Construction News Specialists Awards, sponsored by the NFDC, proved to be fertile ground for the federation’s members, with multiple nominations and several notable winners at the event on 17 November.
Among these was Erith Contractors, which, hot on its success at the World Demolition Summit the previous week, was nominated for no less than four awards. The category in which Erith was unsurpassed was that of Demolition Specialist of the Year. Criteria for the award included a good workforce culture, including training and embracing diversity; outstanding projects; ongoing clear strategy and vision; innovation and use of technology; health and safety; client satisfaction and business growth and performance on sustainability.
Among the high profile projects that contributed to Erith’s award-winning entry, was a year-long demolition job at Cleveland Street, in the shadow of the BT Tower. This was complicated by the presence of a redundant petrol station and a live grid substation, as well as the intact removal of a wall decorated by street-artist Banksy.
Another showpiece project was the enabling-works package at 1 Sherwood Street, the site of the famous illuminated signage at London’s Piccadilly Circus, where uninterrupted operation is a key concern. Demolition to clear the way for the planned Paddington Cube was also completed in 2019, with Erith securing further packages to construct the building’s basement.
Achieving ISO 45001 accreditation In April 2019, just a year after the new health and safety standard was finalised was significant. This commitment to safety and Erith’s adoption of building information modelling (BIM) have been key to securing work on high-profile projects. After more than 50 years in business, Erith still fosters a “family” feel, even though it now employs 1,100 people.
The company was also nominated for Training Excellence, Community Engagement, Digital Construction Excellence and Demolition Specialist of the Year.