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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.

Full report from the Construction News website (click to access website) 

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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 accidents.

The judges also praised its use of animation to provide clarity to clients and other trades on how scaffolding will be implemented on projects.

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 competitors.


GKR Scaffolding scores a hat trick at Mace's inaugural safety awards

On Wednesday, 15 October, GKR Scaffolding Limited attended Mace's inaugural 'Safety first. Second nature.' awards at 30 Euston Square, London.

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 future.

The GKR team are relentlessly committed  to delivering innovative scaffolding solutions

safely and improving the safety culture across the scaffold industry.

We are proud to have been recognised by Mace for our safety culture and for winning the following categories at this year's awards ceremony:

  • Innovation and Design award for Elimin-8
  • Supply Chain Awards - Most improved
  • Supply Chain Award - Individual; Lee Rowswell

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.

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Mace's Group Board sponsor for health and safety, Jason Millett said:

"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 Accidents (RoSPA).

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 involvement.

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 congratulations."



Safety Contractor 2011 Awarded by Knight Harwood Limited

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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 presentations evening. 





NASC Health & Safety Award 2011 for 101+ Employees

GKR Scaffolding have been awarded the presigious NASC Health & Safety Award 2011 for 100+ employees.

NASC-77The 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

Gold Award 2011GKR 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 control.

The 2011 Award was won for our safe works at the 1 Threadneedle St site with ISG



City of London GOLD AWARD 2010

Gold Award 2010In 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

2008 Gold AwardIt was with great pride that GKR Scaffolding were awarded the 2008 Gold Award by the City of London

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 

2007 AwardGKR 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 & Safety

2006 AwardISG 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 awards."

  • Land Securities
    Structure Tone
  • bw interiors
    Willmott Dixon
    Lend Lease
  • Powells
    Morgan Sindall
    J Coffey
  • Knight Harwood
    Brookfield Multiplex
  • "Tony just a few words to highlight the successful erection of the access tower scaffold to Wilcox Place. GKR demonstrated good practise techniques by first setting out an exclusion zone below the tower before erection and having a man below to inform members of the public. Keep up the good work "
    Wilcox Place - Pat Moyles - Contruction Manager
    Como Limited
  • ""We would like to say thanks for Steph’s attendance at our community event on Friday. His enthusiasm and positive attitude helped make the afternoon a real success. The Place and Shard projects joined forces to promote a construction event at a local youth centre which received excellent feedback from Southwark Council and Better Bankside. We appreciate your company’s participation" "
    Bankside Community Event - Adam James, Construction Manager
    Mace Limited
  • "Very often we are always picking up what problems we are having with company’s regarding H&S & general conduct please read on as this is not one of those Emails, this is my first time working with GKR and I have had nothing but good praise regarding the team you have at Royal Mail, both in the leadership from Sean & Glen, down to your labourers. I am very pleased that GKR was successful in winning the scaffold contract as there are a lot of eyes on us at any one time. To be honest I have expected quite a few complaints going by past history with scaffolders but this has not been the case up to now and it is all down to your team you have working here and the work ethics of GKR scaffolding. "
    Mount Pleasant - Andy Wise - Construction Manager
    Mace limited
  • "'GKR have provided an excellent professional service not just on this project but on other sites with me in the past. They are an integral part of the project team and by utilising them as a single source scaffolder on a complex build sequence it has greatly enhanced production, quality and safety. Their pro-active 'can do' approach combined with the first class design back up is second to none.'"
    RCGP Euston Square - Peter Barnicoat - Project Manager
    Structuretone Limited
  • "GKR have been instrumental in helping us achieve our project goals. GKR have been a pleasure to work with and constantly deliver above expectations. I look forward to working with them in the future"
    Mace Ltd - John Garside - Senior Construction Manager
    Mace Limited
  • ""I would like to advise you that GKR Scaffolding Ltd have been awarded 'Sub Contractor of the Month' for March on our site at Barnsbury Complex, Islington. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all your team for their efforts in making this job a success in all facets.""
    Barnsbury Complex, Islington - Contracts Manager
    Mount Anvil
  • "It was a pleasure to work with a so professional team of scaffolding company, from the management down to the drivers. I am sure we will work together again, and look forward to it. Please send my thanks to your teams, including Tony Maskell, for the helping in making the, at times impossible to even getting a tube in the room, to THE TOWER IS SIGNED OFF AND TAGED UP READY FOR USE. All the best lads. "
    135 & 250 Bishopsgate - Bill Isherwood - Construction Manager
    ISG Interior Services Group
  • "Thank you to GKR for the hard work In building and dismantling the birdcage scaffold at the Cineworld Project. The effort put in by Paul, Pat, Mark and the other lads was above and beyond. I would also thank you for your involvement as this also contributed to the expedient and professional manor in which these works were completed."
    Cineworld Crawley - Dave Clayton
    G & W Contracting Limited
  • "We and our fellow directors of LBQ Limited would like to convey our heartfelt gratitude to you and your team for the unfaltering dedication and hard work which contributed to the resounding success of the Royal Unveiling of The Shard on Thursday 5th July. You and your team played a significant role in the delivery of this momentous occasion and we are extremely grateful. "
    The Shard - Irvine Sellar - Partner and Developer
    London Bridge Quarter Limited
  • "“John and Sean have worked closely with us to execute the design and installation of a complex cantilevered scaffolding above the London Underground line. The scaffold was designed by GKR through an external consultant to meet rigorous LUL standards; and erected at night during a very onerous operating timeframe. I would recommend them and GKR to any Main Contractor.”"
    Kier New Bakers Court - John Bolton - Project Manager
    Kier Construction
  • "Lee and his senior management team have provided an integral and proficient scaffold solution to the multitude of complex problems we have encountered at the Shard and London Bridge Station. GKR have met and exceeded our expectations as Principle Contractor in dealing with all the technical challenges and programme constraints imposed by Network Rail whilst rebuilding the UK's 4th busiest station. I can highly recommend the service Lee and GKR provide."
    Shard, London Bridge - David Fisher - Senior Project Manager
    Mace Limited
  • ""I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your efforts and professionalism on the Newman Street project. GKR have yet again provided an excellent professional service for us on this project and have done so with our projects over the past last 10 years which included Fleetway House and 180 Great Portland Street which at the time had the biggest temporary roof in London""
    Knight Harwood - Senior Construction Manager
    Knight Harwood Limited