In our latest preview of the Building Innovation Awards, PBC Today takes a look at the organisations vying to be named Most Innovative Supplier

The nominees for Most Innovative Supplier are:

Ardent Hire Solutions

A desire to address health and safety concerns, transform working practices and prompt greater efficiencies resulted in a system delivering outstanding results. Site Manager is a clear catalyst for customers, effecting immediate behavioural, cultural and operational change in their businesses. Ardent’s determination to pursue innovation in its field has positively disrupted the marketplace; it’s instrumental in bringing plant hire into the digital age, finally introducing smart technology into the industry at a grassroots level.

Flannery Plant Hire

Flannery has shown relentless investment and innovation in 2019. Investment in machinery and the latest technology ensures its customers have access to the most advanced plant and equipment available. Most importantly to this family business is the investment in its people and those within the wider construction industry. By engaging and training the best staff, Flannery has developed a true culture of health and safety excellence.

Grafton Supply Chain Solutions

Grafton Supply Chain Solutions has revolutionised building materials supply to public sector housing providers through innovative new services, Supply and Go. This forward-thinking and flexible approach ensures customers have a bespoke solution including access to a free mobile app, conveniently located vending machines for frequently used consumables and smart pop-up stores. Local authorities and housing associations are reaping the benefits with increased productivity and more satisfied tenants as well as reduced costs and time.

Marshalls Landscape Protection

Marshalls Landscape Protection is the only company in the world that offers a range of decorative, crash-tested street furniture to mitigate the threat of vehicular attacks. Its RhinoGuard products let designers and specifiers protect public spaces against the risk and ensure members of the public feel safe, not scared, when frequenting spaces.

Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies

Midland Steel is a prefabrication solutions provider to the Irish and UK construction market for reinforcing steel. Adopting a BIM process, 3D modelling and prefabricated solutions, Midland Steel offers a unique service from design through to installation onsite. Projects of all sizes are supplied and designed to suit site constraints, labour restrictions and project timelines.

Topcon Positioning Group

Innovation comes from thinking differently and addressing issues in new ways before they happen. Topcon is always one step ahead, providing solutions to the problems of today while developing solutions for the challenges of tomorrow. The new vertical construction workflow from Topcon is just one example of how the business is changing the way the construction industry operates for improved productivity, accuracy, safety and efficiency.

Wykamol Group

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of property preservation and waterproofing products has invested £2.5m into a membrane extrusion plant to maintain the supply of cavity drain membranes into the UK. Cavity drain membranes were previously only available from Europe, making supply uncertain and prices subject to significant rises. Wykamol has ensured a product that is vital for a country with flood issues and limited space is in constant supply at an affordable price.

The winner for the Most Innovative Supplier will be announced at a gala dinner taking place at The Midland Hotel, Manchester, on 23 October.


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