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Construction News Awards finalists: Construction Consultant

The leading construction consultants have shown exceptional performance and strong relationships over the past 12 months.

Capita

Capita followed up its work on the London 2012 Olympics by delivering more complex and iconic schemes, including the Library of Birmingham and the ‘Sixty’ scheme at Holborn Viaduct, London.

Other projects included work for the London School of Economics and the new £28.5m Manchester Cancer Research Centre. The firm focuses on forming strategic partnerships and has moved to a 50/50 public-private client base.

EC Harris

A number of major projects last year cemented an excellent 12 months for EC Harris, including the project management with Mace of the 1 km-high Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia and regenerations at Earl’s Court, New Queens Park and Nine Elms.

The company also undertook nearly 5,000 school property surveys for the Education Funding Agency and delivered £70m-worth of joint projects with parent company Arcadis.

Gleeds

This global management and construction consultancy employs 1,200 people in 54 countries.

Its four-year growth plan aims to double turnover to £150m by 2016, and 2013 fit into this with turnover increasing by 9 per cent.

The company won a total of 20,070 projects last year, worth £54.5m in the UK and £28.7m overseas. Projects such as Embassy Gardens in London and work for Marks & Spencer have recorded high levels of client satisfaction.

Mace

2013 was Mace’s 21st successive year of growth, with turnover and pre-tax profit both on the rise.

The firm secured new global frameworks with BP, GSK, Halliburton, Exxon-Mobil and Citibank, as well as UK frameworks with the Home Office.

It was appointed project manager with EC Harris on the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia and won its first major programme in Australia. The firm also invested heavily in building information modelling.

Mott MacDonald

Last year Mott MacDonald succeeded in boosting the proportion of international work to 70 per cent of its business.

Major projects included two in-store schemes for Harrods, as well as work on the new 38,000-seater Casement Park stadium in Belfast and a peer review of Brentford FC’s stadium plans.

Mott MacDonald now has 30 offices across the UK operating in all sectors of the industry and anticipates further growth in the coming years.

Rider Levett Bucknall

Rider Levett Bucknall has remained an independent construction consultancy in a competitive market, winning high-profile jobs in a range of sectors.

One highlight in 2013 was its work on the £40m Champion Hill scheme for King’s College, London, comprising 717 student rooms across new blocks and a Grade II-listed building.

RLB’s innovative BIM soft landings approach aligned construction and design with operational asset management.

Sweett Group

Last year Sweett Group in Europe was involved in more than 200 projects on new-build, fit-out and refurbishments for clients such as Land Securities, Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, Parliamentary Estates, Ministry of Justice, Moorfield Eye Hospital, University College London, Hilton Hotels and EDF.

Revenue and profits increased last year, while net debt declined. The group now works across 14 sectors, with 22 offices in the UK and Ireland.

Turner & Townsend

Turner & Townsend grew turnover by 16 per cent to £318m last year, with profits also up. The firm worked on projects such as Battersea Power Station, Heathrow Terminal 2, Crossrail and Wimbledon.

Client satisfaction is high, as evidenced by the company’s work with PwC on creating a sustainable fit-out on its Embankment Place UK head office - a project that resulted in the highest BREEAM rating ever recorded - 96.31.

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