Blog: SECBE Awards 2022 finalist - Bauvill

28 March 2022

SME of the Year sponsored by Baxall


SME of the Year SECBE Awards 2022 finalist - Bauvill

A modern construction company with traditional values, since its inception in 2014 Bauvill has established itself as one of the South East’s leading Healthcare, Commercial and Education contractors. Adopting the philosophy ‘by acting as an extension to its client’s project teams, the company believes they can build sustainable and lasting relationships’ has led to Bauvill recently being recognised as the eighth most sustainable business in Kent (Sustainable Growth 100: compiled by Kreston Reeves and the KM Group in 2021).

Since 2018, Bauvill’s turnover has grown more than 200% which has been a result of the continual support and collaborative approach that it offers its clients. When the Covid-19 pandemic reached the UK, Bauvill were on the frontline with the NHS ensuring that hospitals across Kent had sufficient infrastructure to cope with increased capacities, often constructing covid-enabled wards and containment units on a day’s notice. When many contractors had downed tools at peak times during the pandemic, Bauvill had resources deployed across five of Kent’s major hospitals delivering works often exceeding the scope of its business in order to help the NHS and a local community.

2021 saw Bauvill launch three bespoke brand divisions: Health, Commercial and Education which has allowed them to form specialist teams for each discipline, each with its own requirements and unique working environment. This tailored approach has laid the foundation for the future growth of the business, establishing a target audience for each division with a view to become the best versions of a modern contractor per industry sector whilst maintaining Bauvill’s overarching values and standards.

Emerging from what we all hope were the worst days of the pandemic, Bauvill now stand as a main contractor with priceless experience of working hand-in-hand with its clients and defining the true meaning of collaboration. These learnings are now being executed in everything they do, not only with clients but internally between its divisional teams, harnessing the power of working together and sharing experiences. The benefits of this approach are telling and have led to several of the youngest members of Bauvill’s team, joining the company pre-covid on apprenticeships, receiving promotions and going on to manage their own projects at different levels.

Over the next few years, Bauvill will be working to finesse themselves to be the best construction company it can be – not necessarily shooting for the biggest, nor the most profitable – but having the best procedures, people and relationships with its clients. Bauvill envisages a future where one-off project works start to dwindle and businesses will be forced to follow the lead in working in partnership with clients to build long-term, sustainable partnerships and the highest level of organisations.


Key achievements:

  • In November 2021, Bauvill was ranked 8th in Kent’s top 100 sustainable businesses.

  • After 8 years of working within the NHS, in early 2021 Bauvill was awarded its largest healthcare contract to date at William Harvey Hospital in the extension of the emergency department totalling £7.8m.

  • In the past 3 years, Bauvill’s turnover has increased over 200%.



Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2022 Ceremony on Thurs 30th June 2022.


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About the SME of the Year Award (sponsored by Baxall Construction): 

SMEs are the backbone of the industry and are recognised by Constructing Excellence for their dominance of and contribution to the supply chain. Department for Business Innovation and Skills suggest that 99.9% of UK construction contracting businesses are SMEs and some of the greatest innovation and best practice can be identified in this sector. More info.


>> Find out more about the other Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards finalists here

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