Remarkable projects, sector leadership and brilliant collaboration are just some of the attributes across this year’s Construction Consultancy shortlist.
Aecom has made progress in many areas of the business in the past 12 months, particularly in delivering projects with end-user wellbeing in mind, as well as advancing its use of virtual and augmented reality technology. The consultant is working on one of three projects in the UK with a WELL v1 standard, awarded to buildings which promote health and wellbeing.
Last year saw the firm launch its Global Challenge Initiative, asking teams to submit their most innovative ideas with the chance of winning funding to develop them further. Aecom is also pushing forward on its sustainability programme, working to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.
CN Awards 2018 Construction Consultant Bond Davidson
Bond Davidson reported its most successful year to date in 2017. After securing 300 projects and expanding its workforce to more than 70 employees, the consultant is aiming to further expand its client base.
Bond Davidson has recently completed the refurbishment and remodelling of a Grade I-listed residential site located between two embassies in London’s Belgravia. Appointed as project and contract administrator for the scheme, Bond Davidson saw the project through from start to finish, handing over on time to a satisfied client. The company is putting measures in place to further improve diversity and inclusion in the business as part of efforts to enhance results.
Cundall Virtual Acoustic Reality System 5
Headcount at Cundall has doubled over the past five years, with approximately 830 staff now working for the consultant across the globe.
Sustainability has risen further up the agenda, with the consultant working on the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre in Australia, which is said to be one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. The building produces its own power on site and passed the Living Building Challenge, described as one of the world’s most advanced measures of sustainability.
The consultant, which has an annual turnover of £52m, launched its Inspiring the Next Generation campaign last year to encourage people from all backgrounds into engineering and help tackle the lack of diversity in the sector.
CN Awards 2018 Construction Consultant Eckersley O Callaghan
Consultant and structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan has grown its client base over the past 12 months to include tech giants such as Apple, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Set up just 14 years ago, the firm has worked on major schemes such as Google King’s Cross, Apple Park and Stamford Bridge stadium. Eckersley says last year involved some of its most important projects to date: Apple’s Dubai Mall, Twitter’s Sky Bridge and the Steve Jobs Theatre.
The firm has incorporated timber as a structural material in many of its projects in a bid to deliver more sustainable results. A total of 1,020 cu m of timber was used on the Vitsoe Headquarters in Royal Leamington Spa, representing 806 tonnes of sequestered carbon.
CN Awards 2018 Construction Consultant Peter Brett Associates
Peter Brett Associates
Peter Brett has further increased its focus on considering clients in every aspect of its business strategy. In 2017 the consultant adapted its client strategy and put on roadshows to educate its employees on the changes, working to ensure joined-up thinking across the whole business. This collaboration has served to create strong internal relationships from top to bottom, with partners working directly with apprentices.
Peter Brett has also looked to embrace emerging technologies. Having secured funding, Peter Brett is currently developing technology to help disabled people link their smartphones to parking bay sensors for easier mobility and connectivity.
CN Awards 2018 Construction Consultant Pick Everard
Pick Everard recorded turnover growth of 8 per cent during 2017 and is on track to reach its target of £50m by 2020.
The consultant is part of the Perfect Circle consortium, alongside Aecom and Gleeds, that was picked by client Scape in 2016 for its £350m consultancy framework. Pick Everard has since used the deal to work on creating social value, appointing a total of nine graduates and apprentices as well as offering 52 work placements for pupils through the framework.
The company looks to champion diversity in the business, with women making up one sixth of its management team and 26 per cent of its total workforce.
CN Awards 2018 Construction Consultant Webb Yates Engineers
Webb Yates Engineers
Webb Yates Engineers saw its profit increase by 37 per cent in its most recent results and has increased its workforce by 46 per cent. The firm has grown both regionally by setting up a new office in Bristol, and internationally by expanding its Dubai office.
Webb Yates secured its largest and, it says, most high-profile projects to date in 201: a contract with Heathrow Airport to work on its Kilo Apron development. The company also started work on the £10m renovation of the Grade II-listed Hoover building in London.
The firm’s efforts to maintain and strengthen its client relationships are reflected in the fact that 90 per cent of its work is repeat business.
CN Awards 2018 Construction Consultant WSP London Bridge station
WSP has aimed to provide new solutions to complex problems. Over the past year, the consultant has produced a number of white papers on practical ideas to solve infrastructure challenges. Its most recent study, Out of Thin Air, suggests 250,000 homes could be built in London by developing residential schemes over rail lines.
The consultant has recently worked on the Great Western Electrification Programme, which its says is one of the first rail projects to use the Rail Safety Standard Board’s new carbon tool. This has been used to set reportedly the first carbon management target standard in infrastructure.
WSP has also committed to ensuring a more diverse workforce, introducing additional unconscious bias training to ensure equal opportunities.