November 20, 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.
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”.
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.
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.