This category takes in some of the highest-profile projects in the industry, with finalists having worked on Crossrail, the Olympic Park, Heathrow T2 and the Dawlish railway line.
In 2014, Capita won a strategic partnership deal with Genesis Housing Association to provide project management services on the delivery of all its new housing projects as well as its asset base – a £6bn portfolio of more than 33,000 properties.
In addition, it reduced its total carbon footprint to 1,733 tonnes of CO2 (from 2,066 tonnes the year before), and supported over 350 staff to work towards professional qualifications.
Turnover grew by £80m, with profit more than doubling.
EC Harris progressed to the second phase of its mega-merger with Arcadis in 2014, reshaping its operating model and resulting in a 15 per cent increase in operating profit.
The Arcadis Group completed further acquisitions, too, including design and engineering specialists Hyder, allowing EC Harris to access a deeper talent pool and provide a stronger service.
The company works with prestigious clients including the University of Manchester, Transport for London, Chelsea Barracks and Sainsbury’s.
Hill International is a specialist at helping its clients minimise the risks inherent in the construction process, focusing on resolving construction claims and disputes.
The company works around the globe and has recently completed projects including the Sky and Sun towers in Abu Dhabi, and construction management for the earthquake repairs to the Washington Monument, which was completed early and under budget.
2014 was a strong year for Mace as it continued to make progress towards its 2020 goals.
The opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after just 18 months was unprecedented in modern Olympic history, with Mace one of the only organisations to work on the park from bid stage to present.
The company grew by 530 people, a 13 per cent increase on 2013, with gender diversity also improving to the point that women made up 36 per cent of its graduate intake in 2014.
It also exceeded its sustainability targets and targeted new clients in the energy utilities sector with wins at Sellafield, National Grid and United Utilities.
Mott MacDonald’s global income grew by £70m in 2014 to reach £1.38bn, with the firm investing £10m in improving technology.
Project highlights last year included emergency repair work of the storm-damaged railway line at Dawlish, completed within just eight weeks of the disastrous storm, and commercial and quantity surveying services at Sellafield.
The firm acquired JN Bentley in September, with whom it had previously enjoyed a 15-year joint venture, to help diversify its service offering further.
2014 was the strongest year in Pick Everard’s 148-year history.
The firm increased turnover by 26 per cent, breaking the £30m threshold for the first time, with staff numbers also going up.
It has delivered excellence across the public sector, including the national Scape framework where it helped deliver 95 per cent of projects on time and on budget, saving clients an average of 22 per cent per project compared with traditionally procured schemes.
Rise Management Consulting
Rise is a multinational, multidisciplinary, London-based consultancy, which operates throughout the UK and around the world.
It has developed a process called ‘Project Management Extra’ (PMX), which it believes is simpler, clearer and leaner than a traditional construction management approach.
The firm has grown in the past 12 months, and is in the process of establishing a joint venture for prefabricated housing with a Chinese company based in Suzhou.
Turner & Townsend
Turner & Townsend worked on a number of stand-out projects in 2014, including: cost management on the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s Wimbledon 2020 masterplan, including the redevelopment of Court No. 1; project and commercial management on the Edinburgh Tram scheme; and commercial and programme management at Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2.
The company took on its largest-ever graduate intake last year, too, and continued its trend of recent year-on-year double-digit turnover growth.