Our eight construction consultancy finalists have worked on some of the UK’s most high-profile projects, providing a range of services to contractors and clients alike.
CN Awards 2017 Construction Consultancy Atkins Bournemouth University Fusion Wide
With 251 apprentices and 834 graduates employed across the UK at the time of entering this year’s awards, Atkins has worked on a huge number of prestigious schemes.
Recent projets include the construction of the Dubai Opera House in the United Arab Emirates, as well as work on the multi-year project to transform Birmingham New Street station in the UK. The firm also has 14 innovation hubs across the country designed to stimulate and capture new ideas from staff, deploying these on its projects.
CN Awards 2017 Construction Consultancy Hydrock Hydrock Mallorca beach game
Turnover at multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Hydrock has doubled between 2013 and 2016, reaching £60m. Staff retention sits at an impressive 90 per cent, with the company ranked ninth in 2016’s Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.
The consultancy business achieved organic growth of 21 per cent last year, working on the new home for the English National Ballet in London and the regeneration of east Manchester through Manchester Life Development Company’s New Union Street development.
CN Awards 2017 Construction Consultancy London Bridge Associates VCP
London Bridge Associates
London Bridge Associates has worked on a number of high-profile projects in the last 12 months, including London Power Tunnels, Crossrail, High Speed 2 and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
The firm is 100 per cent employee-owned, and all employees are made shareholders within 12 months of joining the business.
Its commitment to innovation is reflected in its self-developed tunnel information management software, which is being used on several major TBM and sprayed concrete-lining tunnel jobs in the UK.
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CN Awards 2017 Construction Consultancy Mace Construction Consultancy
Mace increased investment in the business in 2016, both in the UK and overseas, including the acquisition of MMQS, a local cost consultancy business in South Africa.
In North America it has worked with Tiffany & Co, GSK, Walgreens and Citrix, and worked on the Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi as well as the Ain Dubai, set to be the largest observation wheel in the world.
The firm was also appointed as delivery partner for Heathrow’s third runway, and appointments to Nugen and Horizon mean it is working on every new nuclear power station in the UK in some form.
CN Awards 2017 Construction Consultancy Mott MacDonald 1
Mott MacDonald expanded its Advance diversity and inclusion action plan in 2016, focusing more attention on disability, gender, race, sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as parents and carers. Its second annual inclusion week saw 120 staff attend three-day workshops for women preparing for management roles in the engineering sector.
The firm was also lead author of the infrastructure sector’s first standard for carbon management, PAS 2080, published in May 2016.
Project highlights including providing detailed design work for the Thames Tideway Tunnel’s eastern package, as well as for the Northern Line Extension, which includes two new stations and 3.2 km of tunnels.
CN Awards 2017 Construction Consultancy Pick Everard
Celebrating its 150th year in 2016, Pick Everard recorded a 6 per cent growth in turnover to £37m and is aiming to hit £50m by 2020.
The consultant secured a number of high-profile contract wins, delivering the state-of-the-art Oculus at the University of Warwick, as well as being appointed as consultant to Scape’s £350m built environment consultancy services framework as part of the Perfect Circle consortium.
Pick Everard also reduced its carbon footprint for the fifth year running and received RoSPA’s Order of Distinction for 15 years of outstanding health and safety performance.
CN Awards 2017 Construction Consultancy Ridge and Partners JLR Car Park Castle Bromwich
Ridge and Partners
Ridge and Partners continued to grow in 2016, expanding its skills and knowledge and continually building up its business.
Upskilling was a further area of focus, with more than 12,000 hours of training delivered across the workforce. Ridge achieved 14 per cent growth in fee turnover in 2016, with 28 per cent growth in staff numbers.
Its new Ridge BIM Management service provides client with a lifecycle BIM strategy and delivery model, with the firm also experimenting in the use of virtual reality on projects.
CN Awards 2017 Construction Consultancy WSP 22 bishopsgate
Last year saw WSP welcome 1,700 new staff to the business following the acquisitions of Mouchel and the water management division of Schlumberger.
The consultant won a series of high-profile projects and stepped up recruitment, attracting a 476 per cent increase in applicants on the previous year, adding 40 new apprentices and more than 200 recruits to its graduate recruitment scheme.
Notable wins included work at London’s Euston station, being re-appointed to Manchester Metrolink, and securing parliament’s Northern Estates Programme.