Those consultants shortlisted for this award have worked on high-profile projects ranging from the Rio 2016 Olympics and Sizewell C to HS2 and Crossrail.
Aecom increased its number of engineers by 638 last year and took on 245 graduates - 31 per cent of whom were female. Investment in training was up by 60 per cent, with more than 33,000 hours delivered to staff - equating to almost a week per person.
Many Aecom engineers have been nominated for awards and have worked on prestigious projects like the Rio 2016 Olympic venues and this year’s Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park.
Capita has worked on projects including HS2, Crossrail, the centrepiece sculpture at Goodwood 2013, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Lancashire Country Cricket Ground and the £188.8m Library of Birmingham.
The company bid farewell to the Capita Symonds name in 2013, rebranding as simply Capita, and it has focused on partnering with local authorities in long-term strategic partnerships and with industry leaders to improve its offering.
HBa Consulting Engineers
Formed in 2009, HBa Consulting Engineers has continued to grow in the last five years and has worked on some exceptional projects.
The firm has specifically sought out young people to combat the looming skills shortage, employing four workers aged from 18 to 21, making up two-thirds of the firm’s total staff.
Project highlights included consultancy services for 11 fire stations in Staffordshire and the new Tudor Grange Academy in Worcestershire.
M-EC Consulting Development Engineers
Last year M-EC launched a programmetrics division to conduct aerial surveys of large, inaccessible or dangerous areas to create 3D images for use in detailed topographical mapping.
The method is saving clients up to 75 per cent on programme and costs and has generated major new business for M-EC.
The firm also grew its apprenticeship scheme, increasing vacancies by two this year and taking the proportion to 20 per cent of total staff.
Mott MacDonald has hit its target of transforming its business from 70 per cent in the UK to 70 per cent international, working on projects around the globe.
Highlights in the UK last year included the Cleaner Seas for Sussex scheme and Covenham-Boston Pipeline.
The firm was also commissioned to produce the government’s Infrastructure Carbon Review and has been instrumental in delivering sizeable carbon savings on projects for top clients.
Portland Consulting Engineers
Profits rose significantly for Portland Consulting Engineers last year, with the firm securing its highest level of orders since forming in 2004.
It hired four new staff and invested heavily in training, as well as updating its BIM technology and strategy.
A recent highlight was the company’s role on the Kibblesworth Housing Development, which it has been working on since 2009. Growth in both turnover and staff is expected to continue in 2015.
Merged WSP and Genivar emerged as a global firm in 2013, with WSP in the UK a major driver. Profits rose significantly in 12 months, while 571 UK employees were recruited - part of the company’s global strategy to grow from 15,000 to 20,000 employees by 2016.
Notable projects last year included work on Bond Street Station, Sizewell C, London Bridge and The Place, where a constrained footprint meant WSP had to develop some innovative solutions.