From HS2 and Heathrow to Cambridge Uni and the Commonwealth Games, these consultants have been involved in some incredible work over the past year.
BDP is a major international, interdisciplinary practice of civil, structural, and environmental engineers with integrated, highly specialist teams of lighting designers, sustainability consultants and acousticians.
It is the first company to be certified under BRE Global’s BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification Scheme and is working with NBS for the UK government to develop a new digital procurement tool for BIM.
In 2014, BDP provided 50 work experience placements and sponsored a number of individuals to complete degrees at the University of Cambridge’s New Hall, as well as recruiting 18 trainees and taking on apprentices.
Beverley Clifton Morris (BCM)
BCM is a sustainable building services design consultancy, committed to sustainable, low-carbon solutions.
Established in 2002, the company works to reduce the environmental impacts of M&E in new-build and refurbishment projects.
The firm has invested heavily in its in-house training scheme, proven by the 2014 directorial appointment of someone who started as a graduate in 2005.
It worked to BIM Level 2 on Welsh primary school Ysgol Bryn Deva, helping the project achieve a significant 35 per cent carbon reduction against Part L.
Capita worked on a range of high-profile projects in 2014, including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games stadium, the centrepiece sculpture at Goodwood 2014, Crossrail, and High Speed 2.
It created an innovative new iPad data capture and reporting application to help increase surveying speeds, while also increasing accuracy and reliability.
Its work on the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Bypass, a major trunk road connecting Cheshire to South Manchester, is also of note as the first BIM Level 2 pilot project delivered on behalf of Highways England.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2014, Eckersley O’Callaghan continued to grow from its initial two staff in 2004, reaching 50 staff in 2014.
With offices in London, New York, Paris and Shanghai, the growth in staff and turnover has been achieved organically, with profits also healthy.
The firm’s structures and facades team was commissioned to work on the Apple Campus project in California with Foster and Partners, and worked on two 92-storey residential towers in Toronto with Frank Geary Architects.
2014 was a watershed year for the company, with new levels of growth and recognition.
2014 was FDS Consult’s most successful trading year to date, continuing an ongoing trend of year-on-year growth.
This expansion has seen the firm invest in expanding its team, employing two additional engineers, with another to follow.
Its recently opened London office has brought it closer to clients, with 50 per cent of its business coming from repeat customers.
A project highlight was its work to create a full design and fire strategy, while maximising saleable space, for developer St. James’ substantial mixed-use development The Corniche, on the River Thames’ Albert Embankment.
Mott MacDonald’s Transparent Economic Assessment Model (TEAM) was deployed last year on 13 proposed improvement schemes for the A47 in Norfolk.
Prioritisation was needed, so Mott’s TEAM assessed the cost/benefit ratio of each scheme, enabling decision-makers to prioritise their delivery over the next 20 years.
Other project highlights in 2014 included providing project management services and civil and structural engineering design for Heathrow Terminal 2B, and providing project management and design services for Hall Water Treatment Works in Lincolnshire.
Peter Brett Associates
Peter Brett Associates achieved revenue growth of 32 per cent in 2014 and grew its workforce by 31 per cent with new staff in all disciplines.
The firm made a major contribution to over 15 nationally significant infrastructure projects, including engineering design and planning advice for Thames Tideway tunnel, and worked on landmark structures at Center Parcs Woburn and The Curve in Slough.
Its infrastructure design and advice also helped optimise the available space for the Paradise development in Birmingham, enhancing its pedestrian and cycle connectivity without compromising its commercial viability.
Tony Gee and Partners
Tony Gee and Partners maintained growth throughout the recent recession, continuing this success in 2013 and 2014 with turnover growth of 30 per cent and 18 per cent respectively.
Last year it appointed a dedicated learning and development manager to reinforce its graduate and senior staff training commitments, expanding its training and support services to continue staff development in BIM.
The firm worked on the repairs at Dawlish as the only designer, collaborating closely with Network Rail and contractors.
The company helped repair the sea wall breach, and also inspected, and detailed the repair of, 137 structural defects along the four-mile stretch of track that had been damaged