Winner: Rise Management Consulting
Rise is a new construction and management consultancy that has hung its whole business model on doing things differently.
Set up in 2011, Rise offers construction management, project management consulting and runs a number of international projects in China and the Middle East.
It is not doing things by halves, striving from the outset to be “the premier management consultancy in the built environment”.
Already it can put its name to some prestigious projects, including as construction manager for the Royal Opera House refurbishment, the conversion of Bow Street Magistrates Court into a luxury hotel, and the UK Pavilion at this year’s Milan Expo.
Rise has also been project manager on the Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery and for its temporary pavilions in 2012 and 2013.
These high-profile projects have been the perfect way for Rise to prove itself – and demonstrate how it is different from other consultancies.
The judges praised the company’s ethos, values and passion for doing things right.
With only around 50 staff so far, Rise is punching well above its weight. That success is down to its people – as the directors make clear.
In return for bold thinking, initiative, passion and commercial drive, Rise fosters and nurtures the intellectual curiosity and ambitions among its employees.
But it expects them to live by the company’s values and to be “ethically unyielding and courageous in challenging the unacceptable”.
“Rise is trying to do things differently because they think it can be done better – and it can. They are really trying to do some innovative things”
Staff development consists of “old-fashioned” mentoring, as the company puts it, with less experienced employees given plenty of guidance and increasing responsibility.
All its projects are set out visually in the office for everyone to see and learn from – and then shared with the client.
Six of Rise’s younger staff are going through masters degrees in project management or construction management university courses, and the company makes a commitment that for all its contract management jobs it will have an apprentice on the team.
Rise uses its leanness to its advantage, with fewer tiers of management – both as a company and on the projects it works on.
As a result, the company demonstrated that its teams are closer to their projects and able to add greater strategic value from start to finish.
The directors’ passion and vision is clear: they thrive on challenging industry norms. As a result, the firm can look to offer a level of “client intimacy” that it believes other providers can’t match.
Turner & Townsend