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Construction Consultant of the Year

Winner: Mace

Mace aims to be a top 10 contractor and “the world’s best project manager” by 2020 – targets it appears on course to meet.

2013 was the company’s 21st successive year of growth, with group turnover increasing 7.3 per cent to £1.18bn and profits rising by 14.2 per cent to £32m.

The consultancy business managed £80bn of capital expenditure worldwide last year, with profits of £24m.

Mace has focused on developing long-term relationships with clients, getting onto global frameworks and pushing into infrastructure.

In 2013 it secured places on global frameworks with BP, Citibank, Exxon-Mobil, GSK and Halliburton, as well as UK frameworks with the Home Office and a number of local authorities.

The firm achieved a string of notable contract wins in 2013, including its first major project with the Highways Agency as programme integrator for the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, as well as its first ever commission at Sellafield.

Internationally, a particularly notable success was winning the project management of the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia – soon to be the world’s tallest building at more than 1 km high.

“Mace is very confident and demonstrates a clear strategy and vision for the future”

Judges’ comment

The company also secured its first major programme in Australia when it was selected as project manager for the country’s military estates in joint venture with Aurecon.

Mace is two years into a three-year sustainability plan, with impressive results already achieved.

The company also implemented its Energy Hub in 2013 – an energy purchasing strategy which uses 100 per cent green energy from a single preferred supplier.

This contributed to a 68 per cent fall in carbon emissions, from 8,700 tonnes in 2012 to 2,857 in 2013, with energy bills reduced by 30 per cent.

Waste to landfill and water used on site also declined significantly, while onsite biodiversity went up.

Staff development and morale are clearly important to Mace. Training spend was doubled in 2013, from £693,000 to £1.8m, resulting in an average of 4.6 days training per employee.

The company employed more than 60 graduates in 2013, including its first from the US and South Africa, while more than 20 trainees were appointed and over 100 young people given work experience.

The firm is well aware of the importance of skills, developing a clear mentoring and coaching pathway to turn construction trainees into potential directors and owners of the company.

Overall, the judges felt Mace had recorded a “very impressive” 2013. Exemplar projects, investment in training and impressive performance on sustainability combine to make Mace the Construction Consultant of the Year.

Finalists

Capita

EC Harris

Gleeds

Mott MacDonald

Rider Levett Bucknall

Sweett Group

Turner & Townsend

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