GKR Win CN Specialist Award 'Access & Scaffolding
Specialist of the year' 2016
GKR Scaffolding was proud to pick up the 'Access &
Scaffolding Specialst of the year' Award at the Construction News
Specialist Awards evening held on 24th February.
"GKR has a clean and uncluttered vision of the technically
challenging market it wants to be in" Judges' comment
With stiff competition in this sector, GKR showed the
judging panel that its professional approach to training and
positive working culture was the award winning approach that sets
the new standard within the scaffolding UK market.
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GKR Scaffolding has a reputation with the clients it works with
for taking the riskier jobs, which it delivers by diligently
controlling that risk. But of the many initiatives GKR
presented to the judges, what particularly impressed them was its
approach to training and a positive working culture.
The subcontractor acknowledged that the skills shortage was
affecting its business and it was, like many companies, losing
staff to rivals. It realised that one way to mitigate this would be
to set up a training initiative - one that not only benefited the
business but also ensured employees felt valued.
Rather than going out and buying a health and safety course off
the shelf, GKR decided to sit down and write its own lesson plans
and activities with those who would become course leaders for the
new GKR Academy. The firm has invested £30,000 in the academy
project, which sees training split evenly between classroom
and the working environment.
Since it launched, the business has benefited from far greater
staff retention, with employees less inclined to go somewhere else
for a few pounds more once they realise they are being looked
after. Moreover, RIDDORs have fallen from four in 2012/13 to just
one over the whole of 2013/14 and 2014/15.
Another factor that has contributed to this record is the
Elimin8 tethering system GKR has developed for its tools. The
judges admired the fact that since this innovation has helped drive
down risk, GKR has taken the unusual step of not patenting it.
Rather than being an oversight, the firm wants the rest of the
industry to use it and says several contractors have already begun
benefiting from this altruism.
The judging panel also praised GKR's work on Bloomberg's
European headquarters for Sir Robert McAlpine, which involved the
use of progressive techniques and systems such as offsite scaffold
construction and free boarded rolling hoist platforms that can be
retracted in just 10 minutes.
GKR is approaching 250,000 hours on the job, which has involved
4,500 tonnes of scaffold materials, 1,500 aluminium beams and more
than 300 out-of-hours deliveries, yet has recorded zero
The judges also praised its use of animation to provide clarity
to clients and other trades on how scaffolding will be implemented
This focus on clarity extends to the company's own strategy,
with the judging panel citing its "clear and uncluttered vision" as
one of the principal characteristics separating GKR from its
GKR Scaffolding scores a hat trick at Mace's inaugural
On Wednesday, 15 October, GKR Scaffolding Limited attended
Mace's inaugural 'Safety first. Second nature.' awards at 30 Euston
The awards have been introduced this year to celebrate the
outstanding contributions made to health and safety by those across
Mace, their clients and supply chain. They recognise the great
strides being made from a health and safety perspective at Mace and
are an opportunity to thank those for their achievements. It will
also service to set a benchmark in best practice for the
The GKR team are relentlessly committed to
delivering innovative scaffolding solutions
safely and improving the safety culture across the scaffold
We are proud to have been recognised by Mace for our safety
culture and for winning the following categories at this year's
- Innovation and Design award for Elimin-8
- Supply Chain Awards - Most improved
- Supply Chain Award - Individual; Lee
Overall, the GKR team was honoured as a Mace supplier that has
demonstrated improved health and safety performance over the past
year, along with an increased commitment and drive to communicate
the safety message across Mace's supply chain partners.
Mace's Group Board sponsor for health and safety, Jason
"It was wonderful to see everyone come together to celebrate the
achievements that we, along with our clients and supply chain
partners, have made in health and safety. There have been some
outstanding contributions to Mace's 'Safety first. Second nature.'
programme, and, in recognising these, we have been able to say
thank you and show our appreciation for all of the hard work and
commitment. A truly memorable evening."
GKR Scaffolding Limited are winners in the RoSPA
Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2014.
The Merit award has been received in the prestigious
annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of
As the UK's family safety charity, RoSPA's mission to save
lives and reduce injuries covers all ages and stages of life. In
support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date
back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in
accident and ill health prevention at work. Through the scheme,
which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and
sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants'
overarching occupational health and safety management systems,
including practices such as leadership and workforce
David Rawlins, RoSPA's awards manager, said: "The RoSPA
Awards encourage the raising of occupational health and safety
standards across the board. Organisations that gain recognition for
their health and safety management systems, such as GKR Scaffolding
Limited, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other
organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our
Safety Contractor 2011 Awarded by Knight Harwood Limited
Erecting scaffold structures in urbanised areas is undoubtedly
among the most challenging construction activities projects face.
Due to GKR's increasingly positive attitude to safety issues and
the implementation of best practice / initiatives such as tethered
tools they were assessed as Knight Harwoods safe contractor of the year for
2011. The certificate was awarded by Tim Whittaker during the
Construction Health & Safety Groups annual dinner and
NASC Health & Safety Award 2011 for 101+ Employees
GKR Scaffolding have been awarded the
presigious NASC Health & Safety Award
2011 for 100+ employees.
The Award was presented at the NASC Annual AGM and
Ball which was held in Glasgow on 18th November 2011.
GKR flew the management team to Glasgow for the
event together with its Directors Lee and Neil Rowswell.
GKR have introduced a new standard in Health
& Safety with the introduction of a New PPE Standard.
READ MORE about this
Standard in our Health & Safety Section within the website.
City of London GOLD AWARD 2011
GKR Scaffolding have been
awarded the Considerate Contractor Scheme Gold Award for the 2nd
Year running. The Considerate Contractor Scheme, pioneered by the
City of London in 1987, aims to encourage building and civil
engineering contractors working in the City to carry out their
operations in a safe and considerate manner, with due regard to
passing pedestrians and road users. GKR pride themselves with their
high standards of workmanship, logistic planning and Quality
The 2011 Award was won for our safe works at the 1 Threadneedle
St site with ISG
City of London GOLD AWARD 2010
In 1990 the City of London, in
partnership with the statutory authorities and street contractors,
launched the very successful Considerate Contractor Streetworks
Scheme (CCSS). The scheme is the first in Britain aimed
specifically at tackling the problems associated with untidy and
unsafe road works and has been developed as a result of the success
of the Considerate Contractor building works scheme.
GKR were awarded the Gold Award for their safe
works at our site at 125 Old Broad Street.
City of London GOLD AWARD 2008
It was with great pride that GKR
Scaffolding were awarded the 2008 Gold Award by the City of
Building sites are annually judged on the basis of their overall
performance during that year and on a site visit by a specially
appointed judging panel. GKR had 16 projects ongoing in the city at
the time of winning the award, a real testament to the way in which
they undertake their business.
The gold award plaque was presented by the Lord Mayor, Alderman
John Stuttard to GKR Directors Lee and Neil Rowswell.
Health & Safety Excellence Award 2007
GKR Scaffolding was delighted to
have won the Health and Safety Excellence Award at the ISG
InteriorExterior annual trade contractor awards.
With Health and Safety always at the forefront of every project
GKR undertakes, it is fantastic to have been recognised for this.
Tony Lane, Associate Director for GKR Scaffolding, was
pleased to accept the award on behalf of the company.
ISG Chairman's Award 2006 for Excellence in Health &
ISG InteriorExterior awarded the
prestigious Chairman's Award to GKR Scaffolding in recognition for
their attention to health, safety and the environment displayed
throughout all of the projects they worked on during 2005-2006.
Director of Health and Safety for ISG InteriorExterior, Vincent
Busk said: "GKR Scaffolding have embraced the culture we are
developing and maintaining within our business which in turn is
affecting our industry. They carry out projects with
diligence, enthusiasm and serious attention to health and safety
and I am delighted that they have been recognised at this year's