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Construction News Awards Construction Consultancy of the Year

Winner: Mace

This £1bn turnover company, put simply, is an exemplary high-achieving all-rounder. Not only has Mace been involved with some of 2012’s most iconic UK building projects (The Shard in London and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues), it has also continued to drive innovative and ambitious safety and construction management training initiatives.

Its growing national and international portfolio is keeping this company ahead of others, particularly while it invests time, money and effort in supporting the communities it works in through the Mace Foundation charitable trust.

Now in its 22nd year, Mace aims to be at the forefront of industry best practice and is working with its supply chain to ensure the companies it engages with are also market-leading.

Mace’s Safety First Second Nature programme brings together suppliers and consultants to ensure consistent health and safety standards are met across project teams.

Aware that university tuition fees could put off some school leavers from entering the construction industry, Mace has recently launched a construction training programme aimed at 16- to 24-year-olds that are out of education, employment or training.

The four-year programme’s objective is to create site-experienced and skilled employees who, after training and further education, would move into an assistant construction manager role in the business.

“This company scored exceptionally well in all criteria, clearly demonstrating it delivers business opportunities and customer satisfaction. We were impressed with the way Mace is extending its global initiative and felt the Mace Foundation was a great innovation”

Judges’ comment

Mace’s Olympic Delivery Partner role last year involved working on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority, to design and procure more than £5bn of work to stringent sustainability, employment and training targets.

The five main Olympic venues represented £1.6bn of construction projects finished ahead of time.

The company also designed and built the Emirates Air Line cable car structure across the River Thames in London in less than 12 months.

Expansion of Mace’s international services resulted in the company having 1,000 international employees in 2012.

Notable overseas projects include Ashgal, a £5bn social infrastructure programme for Qatar, and Gutenberg in St Petersburg, a £1bn programme delivering 16,000 apartments in its first phase.

Group turnover increased by 15 per cent in 2012 to £1bn, of which £280m represents the consultancy’s turnover, which was up 13 per cent compared with the previous year.

Highly Commended: Turner & Townsend

Turner & Townsend’s bespoke Commercial Assurance Model delivered £250m of efficiency savings in 2012, providing solutions to complex issues, including controlling expenditure on the London 2012 Olympics.

It provided this service on more than 80 individual venues, all of which were delivered on time, on budget and to the highest quality.

Its turnover increased by 16 per cent in 2012 to £275m.

“We were particularly impressed with Turner & Townsend’s commitment to staff, especially the significant number of employees being supported in the Territorial Army”

Judges’ comment

Finalists

EC Harris

Faithful + Gould

Jackson Coles

Mott MacDonald

Rider Levett Bucknall

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