In a time when margins are tight, a good construction consultant can help ensure projects do not overrun and that costs are kept under control.
The companies nominated for this year’s award have worked on a wide range of projects, both big and small and as diverse as offices, prisons, hospitals and the venues for the London 2012 Olympics.
Nominees all contributed significantly to the projects they worked on and demonstrated a good workforce culture with evidence of staff training and development.
The judges were also looking for evidence of innovation and exemplary cost control, as well as satisfied clients and efforts to reduce carbon footprint and increase sustainability.
The merger with ARCADIS has helped EC Harris to achieve a 7 per cent increase in revenues, with a 25 per cent margin improvement in 2012. Major wins included a £77m five-year project management role for the development of Qatar’s social infrastructure, as well as work on the Scalpel tower in London.
Faithful + Gould
This firm supplied comprehensive support to EDF in 2012 on the UK new-build nuclear stations. It is fully engaged with BIM and has commenced research with the University of Reading to look at how the technology can boost cost, project and carbon management. It also provided project management services to HMP Oakwood, the largest publicly funded prison in the UK.
Jackson Coles increased turnover for the third year running during the economic downturn, with overall fee income up by 16 per cent. A particular highlight was the refurbishment of two existing office buildings in Pentonville Road into a single office development for Derwent London, for which Jackson Coles acted as project manager and quantity surveyor.
Mace is in the strongest position of its 22-year history, having completed work on the 2012 Olympics and London’s latest iconic tower, The Shard. The five Olympic venues represent £1.6bn-worth of construction. The firm also launched Mace Construction Training, aiming to provide a ready supply of site experience and skilled employees.
Mott MacDonald uses BIM across all construction disciplines and has integrated BIM functionality into its STEPS software, allowing pedestrian modelling to be carried out more often, more quickly and more cost-effectively. Current projects include Crossrail, while last year the firm completed the award-winning Houghton Primary Care Centre – the first UK healthcare building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding.
Rider Levett Bucknall
This consultancy encourages its clients to think smarter, considering how to most efficiently use buildings over their whole lifecycle. Commissions are viewed holistically, recognising that cost, building use and sustainability are critical drivers. The firm was heavily involved in London 2012, supplying more than 25 per cent of the LOCOG venues and infrastructure team.
Turner & Townsend
T&T is the only consultant to have worked on every Olympic Park project and for all three of the ODA, LOCOG and LLDC, helping to deliver £6bn-worth of projects. The firm effectively controlled expenditure for Park construction by providing commercial assurance on more than 80 projects, delivering each of them on time and on budget.