Winner at Construction News Specialists Awards 2020

We are incredibly pleased to announce that we have won a highly prestigious award at this year’s Construction News Specialists Awards.

We were awarded the  Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor ( Subcontract over £5m) for our project Illona Rose House.

Cantillon - Ilona Rose House

Ilona Rose House was one of the most challenging projects we have tackled in our 51-year history.

Running from March 2017 to April 2019, the £23m demolition, temporary works, enabling and piling contract on behalf of Soho Estates cleared the way for a new mixed-use development on the busy Charing Cross Road in Central London. The congested urban plot is tightly bounded by residential and commercial properties, with 10 party wall agreements to respect as well as a Grade-I listed neighbour.

“An outstanding project built on very strong listening and communications skills, and the importance of relationships”

The judges commented;

Site access required the closure of a narrow side street, requiring effective liaison efforts with Westminster Council, Metropolitan Police, residents, and businesses. Cantillon also employed innovative digital forecasting software to model the creation and impact of dust during the demolition, enabling more effective suppression countermeasures. The team also used drill-and-burst techniques to reduce noise nuisance.

Among other outreach efforts with the community, Cantillon worked with the neighbouring House of St Barnabas charity to provide traffic-marshalling opportunities for local homeless people.

Demolition uncovered a site rich in history, adding to the project’s complexity. A significant archaeological dig was carried out by the Museum of London Archaeology, with thousands of artifacts dating back to the 17th Century uncovered and preserved during the work.

Our team of expert judges said: “This was an outstanding project built on very strong listening and communications skills, and the importance of relationships. This award celebrates not simply innovation but diligent implementation and practical problem-solving, working through from idea to completion.”

The judges were also deeply impressed with the depth of digital modeling applied to demolition planning, noting that Cantillon “put digital innovation into practice to deliver better outcomes for the client, site neighbours, and their own workforce”.

Cantillon - CN awards Winner 2020

The awards which were the first-ever virtually held ceremony ended with us receiving the award and also being Highly Commended in the Demolition Specialist of the Year category.

The judges comments regarding our commendation included;

Cantillon received highly commended due to its innovative alliance model which promoted collaboration in the industry.” The company partnered with concrete specialist Morrisroe and piling specialist Bachy Soletanche to offer clients a holistic specialist approach with all-round knowledge and expertise. Cantillon highlighted the value in early engagement by providing planning and design consultancy with client British Land over the course of three years, with additional input from Morrisroe and Bachy Soletanche.

The specialist encouraged diversity by investing in a management training programme for its junior team to combine £9,000 worth of university qualifications per person with in-house mentoring.

Huge Team Effort

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Cantillon for their continued hard work through the current climate. The project teams and the overall Cantillon community work tirelessly to deliver our projects to an impeccable high and safety-oriented standard.

RIDDOR Free for 3 Years

At a time when there have been some serious accidents within the demolition industry over the last few years, Cantillon has not had an incident that has needed to be reported to the HSE under RIDDOR for over 3 years.   Why is it important to us and how has this been accomplished?

Cantillon believes that nobody should come to work and be injured.   This is the first priority for Cantillon.

Effective communication means that everyone in the Company understands their role and how they fit into the Company.

How have we accomplished this enviable record?   Cantillon’s three-pronged ethos Communication, Training and Inclusion has enabled us to embed a high level of compliance in health, safety and welfare management in the company, for both directly employed personnel and our subcontractors.   Effective communication means that everyone in the Company understands their role and how they fit into the Company.   High level training, by leading industry training providers, has meant that everyone is at the maximum qualification they can achieve.   Inclusion means just that, the workforce is consulted through various methods and not least of all being able to choose equipment to use, such as PPE.

Cantillon - Ilona Rose House

A proactive and robust approach to Health, Safety and Welfare is one of the best ways to show the workforce that the company cares.

A business is defined by its reputation.   A proactive and robust approach to Health, Safety and Welfare is one of the best ways to show the workforce that the company cares.   It is this reputation, both internally and externally, that makes other organisations take notice of our well-developed management system.   This enables our highly regarded record to build further on that good reputation.

Cantillon Joins The Morrisroe Group

We are delighted to announce that the Morrisroe group have acquired the majority shareholding in Cantillon. We join an established list of specialist structural contractors within the group alongside GSS Piling and frame contractor AJ Morrisroe and sons.

This move strengthens the market leading position of the Morrisroe Group by broadening the portfolio and service offering of the companies within the group. Each of the specialists will continue to offer standalone services as well as a combined offer where the integration, coordination and collaboration between the specialists will create value for the group and customers alike.

The Morrisroe Group now has the capability to provide full demolition, piling and basement box solution in house which supports the long term strategy of the group to remain the contractor of choice for the construction sector.

On joining the Morrisroe Group Mike Cantillon said:

“Today is a landmark moment for the business my parents founded 50 years ago. Joining the Morrisroe Group will strengthen our capability and will open up new and exciting opportunities. I am confident that under the Morrisroe Group the legacy of the Cantillon brand will continue well into the future.”

On acquiring the majority shareholding of Cantillon Brian Morrisroe, CEO Morrisroe Group said:

“I am delighted that The Morrisroe Group has acquired a majority shareholding in Cantillon, a highly respected market leader in demolition. This broadens the scope of services the we can provide in-house and builds on our reputation for delivering complex and challenging demolition and sub structure works in City Centres.


The acquisition is a significant addition for us and good news for the market. I believe our clients will benefit from the greater integration of contractor specialisms from the early project planning stages through to execution in the field.


The Morrisroe Group is now positioned as one of the leading specialists in the Sector and I am looking forward to welcoming the Cantillon team and its clients to our Group.”

Paul Cluskey, Managing Director Cantillon said:

“This deal is great news for Cantillon, our team and our clients. I am delighted and proud to continue to lead Cantillon as MD, now as part of The Morrisroe Group, in what will be an exciting new chapter for the business. I believe that the combined service that Cantillon, GSS piling and AJ Morrisroe can offer, with our commitment and professionalism, will be a welcome addition to the market for many.”




Supporting the Green Organisation

We all know the importance that trees have to our local environment and on a more global scale. Trees not only produce oxygen and absorb CO2 but they also are crucial part of our streets, parks and other outdoor spaces.

At Cantillon we love trees and we love knowing that we are contributing to increasing the number of trees around the world.

We have partnered with The Green Organisation and through them we are helping to plant trees where the need is greatest. The trees we plant will provide the following benefits;

  • Food
  • Fuel,
  • Shelter
  • Farming Opportunities
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Absorbing CO2
  • Preventing Desertification
  • Education

To date we have planted a grand total of 422 trees through our affiliation with the Green Organisation. Every month approximately 9 new trees are planted thanks to our support. Each of these trees throughout their lifetime will help to reduce Cantillon’s CO2 footprint by 1 tonne.

Cantillon - Green Organisation

2020 Award Recognitions

2020 is the year of H&S for Cantillon with two different awards be achieved within this category.

We are extremely pleased of our recent RoSPA President’s (12 Consecutive Golds) Award. This award was based upon outstanding H&S performance on our projects through January 2019 and December 2019.

RoSPA which is the Royal Society for  the Prevention of Accidents and strives towards achieving a serious accidental injury free construction industry. They work toward this by providing training and communicating their skills and knowledge to the 100s of contractors that are apart of the organisation.

The second H&S award that we are proud to have received this year is the International Safety Award (with Distinction). This highly coveted honour which was awarded to us by the British Safety Council and saw us in the top 15% of the applicants thanks to our exceptional initiatives and innovative solutions to H&S. Special mention was made to our efforts to bring awareness to mental health and also financial health to our employees.

COVID 19 Update – Safely Back to Work

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we like so many other companies have had to change the way we work to safeguard our employees and the public. We have had to adapt and change both the way our office staff and project teams can operate to remain healthy and safe

As we return to work our foremost concern is to keep our staff and clients as safe as we possibly can whilst continuing to provide the high levels service that we are used to giving on our projects.
A Company team devised a plan which involved the following safety measures.

  • Staggered arrival and break times
  • Social distance compliant office, welfare and changing areas
  • More rigorous cleaning schedules for welfare/office space
  • COVID-19 specific cleaning and PPE stations throughout the site
  • Marshals ensuring that all rules are followed
  • Outside seating areas (where possible)
  • Increased information and reminder posters displayed throughout the site with markings on the floors and walls.

All Cantillon HQ staff are being encouraged to work from home as much as possible. When office work is required we are going above and beyond what is recommended by our government to ensure that our offices are a safe environment.

By keeping our offices and sites operating and safe, Cantillon can continue to offer our award winning enabling and demolition works packages to our clients and to the high standard that they would expect.

CN Specialist Awards 2020

Cantillon selected as finalists in three categories in the 2020 Construction News Specialists Awards.

  • Demolition Specialist of the Year
  • Project of the Year (subcontract £5m),
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Excellence
The successful winners are being announced on the 26th of November 2020 during the first virtual awards ceremony.
We would like to thank all of our site teams for their hard work and efforts over the year especially seeing as 2020 has been one of most challenging due to the pandemic.

Monmouth House Completion

Practical completion achieved at Monmouth House. Cantillon are delighted to have received practical completion last week on our Monmouth House scheme with Derwent London Plc, close to Old Street. Skanska took possession of the site today to begin constructing Featherstone House. We are so proud to have been involved with such a great project team and we wish you all well with the construction phase of the project.

Cantillon are partnering with Women into Construction

We are proud to continue our work in 2019/2020 with Women into Construction and will be actively supporting the work they do and providing the opportunity for Cantillon to engage with skilled and motivated women wishing to enter the construction industry, leading to sustained employment. Women into Construction provide women looking to work in the industry with a variety of avenues brokering their route into work. They can access free training and assistance with CV writing and work experience.

Cantillon will be offering work experience, job opportunities and looking to develop a lasting working relationship Women into Construction long into the future.