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Arup, Mott MacDonald and Tony Gee named Britain’s top consultants

Arup, Mott MacDonald and Tony Gee have this afternoon been named Britain’s best consultants in the NCE / ACE Consultants of the Year Awards 2009.

Beijing Olympic stadium, Stonecutters bridge and the commission to help design the 38km Hong Kong – Zuhai – Macau bridge all helped Arup win is this year’s major consultant of the year accolade in this year’s NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.

The awards are based on submissions to NCE’s Consultants File, a unique insight into the health and wealth of the civil engineering consultancy market.

Arup picked up its prize at an exclusive ceremony at Claridges Hotel in London today. The major consultant award was sponsored by Polypipe.

International consultant of the year was Mott MacDonald which this year made the leap into the club that earns more overseas than it does in the UK and has projects like Delhi Metro, the £1.05bn Macau City of Dreams and the Arabian Canal in Dubai on its books. Overseas turnover of £411.34M amounted to 55% of the group’s total, up from 48% last year. Sponsor for this award was BST Global.

In the medium sized consultant category, sponsored by Griffiths & Armour, it was a close race but technical maestro Tony Gee & Partners took the top spot. For a firm of 212, it consistently punches above its weight and lands contracts to work on high profile transportation and infrastructure projects around the world. These include Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong and the upgrade of the Thameslink Blackfriars station in London.

The Young Consultant of the Year, sponsored by Hays Civil & Structural,  was lively, dynamic lighting engineer Laura Bayliss of BDP who the judges said was an inspiration to her team and a real asset to her company.

And Outstanding Achievement Award went this time to White Young Green’s Lynden Cable whose incorrigible enthusiasm has been put to good effect raising awareness of engineering among thousands of schoolchildren.

Radio 4 presenter Jim Naughtie presented the awards at the event which was hosted by NCE editor Antony Oliver.

Finalists and runners up were:

Major firm – Grontmij, Mott MacDonald, RPS, Atkins and Jacobs

Medium firm – Balfour Beatty Management,Wardell Armstrong, MVA, JBA and Frankham

International firm – RPS, Hyder, Arup, Scott Wilson and Halcrow

Young Consultant – Gareth Evans, Mott MacDonald; Lee Canning, Mouchel, John Roycroft, BDP

Outstanding Achievement – Chantelle Stewart, BDP, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Buro Happold

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