In pictures: CN Specialists Awards winners celebrate

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Awards host Ed Gamble | ©Paparazzi VIP Photography

The CN Specialists Awards returned in person on Tuesday night – more than two years since its last physical staging – celebrating the nation’s top specialists at a evening in the Brewery, London. An expert panel of judges chose winners across 21 categories, including a significant addition, honouring outstanding leadership during the pandemic.

Read our full list of winners below, including the winning entries in further detail.

Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year – Benchmark Scaffolding

“It was great to see such vision regarding net-zero carbon, and the demonstrable use of innovative digital techniques”

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Apprentice of the Year – Zak Stephens, Measom Dryline

“Zak takes huge pride in his work and is a credit to his employer, to himself and to the industry. It is clear that Measom Dryline wish they could clone him”

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Community Engagement Award – Sanctus

“The project demonstrates clear social impact and is both topical and relevant”

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Demolition Specialist of the Year – Cantillon

“It was clearly evident that Cantillon was making innovation the norm, with pre-demolition circular economy audits successfully reducing waste to landfill”

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Digital Construction Excellence – Ardent Hire Solution

“This company has transformed its business model with technology to improve the customer experience”

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Equipment Specialist of the Year – VPS UK

“VPS displayed strong sustainability credentials that helped it to deliver the first carbon-neutral road project”

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Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year – Erith Contractors

“Erith paid special attention to workforce engagement as well as activities with project stakeholders and the community”

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Health, Safety & Wellbeing Excellence – Cantillon

“Cantillon demonstrated strong leadership and positive local action, as well as clear evidence of an embedded culture of care through the organisation”

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Innovation of the Year (Contractor) – Cementation Skanska

“A sustainable carbon reduction solution using new techniques that benefits both programme and cost in a safe environment”

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Cementation Skanska | ©Paparazzi VIP Photography

Innovation of the Year (Non-contractor) – P Flannery Plant Hire

“This winning innovation brings not only economic benefits but also sustainability improvements, with the impact on operations made visible through the use of this software”

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P Flannery Plant Hire | ©Paparazzi VIP Photography

MEP Specialist of the Year – NG Bailey

“At a time when industry was being tested, NG Bailey showed consistent strong commitment to its people, culture, innovation, business improvement, sustainability and clients”

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Offsite Specialist of the Year – GBE

“This feels like a company that will help increase adoption of modern methods across more and more projects”

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Outstanding Contribution to Specialist Construction – NG Bailey

“This company adapted its strategy to meet the changing demands of the industry and is well placed to service the infrastructure requirements of the green economy”

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NG Bailey | ©Paparazzi VIP Photography

Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor (subcontract up to £1m) – WellMax Scaffolding, The British Museum

“We were particularly taken by WellMax Scaffolding’s drive to provide the best solution to the client, the museum and the public, enabling others to be able to do what was needed”

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Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor (subcontract from £1m to £5m) – Geobear, Shugborough Tunnel Shaft Void Filling & Tunnel Lining

“The scheme epitomised an exemplar delivery of a complex engineering challenge and the project team should be rightfully proud of their achievements”

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Geobear | ©Paparazzi VIP Photography

Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor (subcontract over £5m) – Pantera, Wood Wharf A3 Carpentry & Joinery

“A project that demonstrated commitment and adherence to detail on a very challenging and highly specified residential tower on a small footprint”

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Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover up to £25m) – Cast Interiors

“It’s fantastic to see growth and development during the pandemic”

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Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover over £25m) – Cantillon

“Cantillon provided great client testimonials, and demonstrated its commitment to the circular economy and sustainability”

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Tackling Climate Change Award – Panthera Group, EnviroHoard

“During a period where the increased cost of timber is a concern to the industry, Panthera’s focus to find a simple, re-usable solution stood out”

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Panthera Group | ©Paparazzi VIP Photography

Training Excellence – P Flannery Plant Hire

“Great to see training for digital-enabled construction and this is such a key skill for workers across all aspects of the construction industry now and going forward”

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P Flannery Plant Hire | ©Paparazzi VIP Photography

Editor’s Award for Leadership in the Pandemic – Lucas UK Group

“Turning its existing paint-formulating team into one that produced alcohol-free hand sanitiser showed real innovation and can-do spirit during such an unsettling time”

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Lucas UK | ©Paparazzi VIP Photography

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