Esher 6 July 2016: Keltbray Piling, which is part of Keltbray Group, has won the Contractor of the Year Award at this year’s 2016 Ground Engineering Awards.

At a ceremony at Hilton Park Lane in London, which attracted the biggest names in the industry and is of international interest, Keltbray Piling won the award in stiff competition with seven other strong candidates, including a number of major contractors.

Keltbray was presented with the award after close scrutiny by a panel of expert industry judges, who were very impressed by Keltbray’s 70% growth last year and the company’s expansion since the piling business first launched in 2009.

They described Kelbray’s performance as ‘stellar’, and one judge said: “The company has achieved unprecedented growth achieved through a highly collaborative approach with clients, a non-confrontational approach to business, listening to clients and having a very professional attitude to business in a very competitive market.”

Managing Director of Keltbray Piling, Stuart Norman, said: “We are delighted to have won this major award on the back of our sustained growth, which is very much thanks to a team effort, and has been achieved through collaborative working and technical excellence on contracts, such as the £10 million piling works at Chelsea Barracks, which was delivered on time and on budget.

“Despite our volume of work we continue to deliver safely, maintaining our industry leading RFR and AFR rates and investing in our people, last year delivering 2,600 hours of training ”

One of the judges on the awards panel concluded that Kelbray had “very quickly become a major player in the piling market” and could soon be one of the sector leaders if it continued on the current growth path.

The GE Awards brought together over 700 leaders in consultancy and contracting in the geotechnical engineering industry for a glittering afternoon of celebration, recognition and networking.

Alexandra Wynne, acting editor of GE and deputy editor of New Civil Engineer, commented: “This year’s winners truly demonstrate exceptional engineering excellence. It is a time to focus on how this industry can be nimble, and ready itself to respond as soon as the opportunities arise. And all our winners today really do show what the industry is capable of and that it is ready to take on the next challenge.”

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The picture shows, from left to right: Practice Director of Ground Engineering for Atkins David French, Managing Director for Keltbray Piling Stuart Norman, Operations Director for Keltbray Piling Lee Cain and Comedian Sean Collins.

A high resolution mage can be downloaded here: Picture from the GE Awards Ceremony 

For more information, please contact Keltbray’s head of communications, Marit Meyer-Bell, on tel. 0786 765 3392 or by email to [email protected]

Keltbray Piling

Keltbray Piling is the top ninth geotechnical contractor in the UK with a £45 million turnover and 100 employees. The company was founded in 2009 and last year won the Construction News Ground Engineering Specialist Award 2015 on the back of its 107% growth from 2014 levels. Keltbray Piling is increasingly securing larger and more complex contracts, such as piling at Chelsea Barracks for Qatari Diar, 150 Bishopsgate for UOL and 70 St Marys Axe for Mace. Keltbray Piling credits its success to collaborative working methods, technical excellence and safe and successful delivery. For more information, see

Keltbray Group

Keltbray Group is the UK’s leading specialist business, which offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, rail and environmental services. The company dates back to 1976, employs more than 1,000 people, and is a key player in developing and maintaining Britain’s built environment. Keltbray provides services to meet the needs of diverse and complex projects, and its well qualified people take pride in delivering projects safely and efficiently, on time and to budget, and with care for the environment and our communities. Keltbray has contributed to a range of high profile construction projects including The Shard, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium, St Pancras International, Crossrail, Earls Court and Battersea Power Station. For more information, see