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Yorkon wins major industry award for third consecutive year

Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, has won a major industry award for an unprecedented third consecutive year, in recognition of its pioneering work in off-site construction and its ongoing commitment to design and innovation.

Britain’s best specialist contractors were honoured at an event held in association with the DTI at the Park Lane Hilton in London and attended by 700 industry professionals. Yorkon was presented with the award for Best Off-site Specialist at the Specialist Contractor Awards, having previously won the award in 2003 and 2004.

Keith Blanshard, Director of Yorkon, was also recognised for his contribution to the construction industry with the award for Personality of the Year.

According to the judges, “Moho, Urban Splash’s Manchester development was not Yorkon’s only impressive first of 2005. It also completed construction of the first independent sector treatment centre to be built off-site, and its success is reflected in the fact that Yorkon has been contracted to build a second centre in Portsmouth. The company’s repeat customers include blue-chip clients such as Tesco, and it has exemplary training and sustainability records.”

Commenting on the award for Personality of the Year, the judges said, “Anyone who has met or talked with Keith Blanshard, is likely to have detected his passion for off-site construction. His approach has proved superbly effective in developing, marketing and spearheading the prefabrication agenda and the Yorkon brand.”

“Perhaps his single biggest achievement has been his work as an apostle of off-site manufacturing. He has brought and sold the idea to many professional and public bodies. We are pleased that, with this award, his contribution to the whole of British construction has been recognised.”

Keith Blanshard, Director of Yorkon, said, “We were absolutely delighted to be presented with the award for Best Off-site Specialist for a third year. This award, and the award for Personality of the Year, are fantastic accolades for Yorkon and are major achievements for the whole team.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the company for their valuable contribution in helping us achieve and maintain our position as market leaders in off-site construction, and all our customers and partners for making this possible.”

The Specialist Contractor Awards recognise that specialists are the lifeblood of construction and reward the companies that have raised the standards for the industry as a whole. Specialist contractors are responsible for 80 per cent of all construction expenditure and play a key role in the design and execution of all types of building projects.

Yorkon is part of the Shepherd Building Group – one of Europe’s largest privately owned businesses in the construction sector – and a subsidiary of Portakabin. Established in 1980, Yorkon is now the UK’s leading off-site specialist and has pioneered innovative building solutions in some of the most challenging situations and in sectors as diverse as supermarkets, offices, hospitals, restaurants and schools.


For further PRESS information, please contact: Y/05/110a

Joanne Bridges, PRO – Yorkon
Bridges Communications
Tel: 01423 542680 Fax: 01423 540525

Editor’s Notes

Yorkon’s approach to construction involves the manufacture of steel-framed modules in a factory environment, whilst the foundation works are completed on site. The modules are delivered to site by road where they are craned into position in just a few days ready for fitting out. This offers a number of significant advantages:

· delivery of the building on time and on budget
· improved thermal performance
· programme times reduced by up to 50 per cent
· guaranteed quality
· less disruption
· improved site safety
· earlier commissioning of the building and a faster return on investment for the client.


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