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Consultants Awards 2012 hopefuls announced

Twenty six firms have bucked the global downturn to make the shortlist for the prestigious NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.

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All 26 firms have managed to increase turnover and fee income in the midst of a deep recession. Almost all have managed to increase the number of civil engineers they employ.

The firms are shortlisted in four categories.  The categories have this year been refreshed and reinvigorated to better reflect changing priorities in the global consultancy market – not least the growing focus on global expansion and international consolidation.

Judging was taking place as NCE went to press. The award winners will be revealed at the awards lunch at London’s Claridges Hotel on Friday 30 March; will be announced online at www.nce.co.uk immediately after they are announced; and appear in detail in NCE’s Consultants File on Thursday 5 April.

The shortlist

This year arguably the top award is for Global Consultant of Year, sponsored by BST Global. Shortlisted are Arup, Atkins, ERM, Mott MacDonald and Turner & Townsend.

Sitting alongside the new-look global award is the UK Consultant of the Year, sponsored by Griffiths & Armour. It aims to reward companies for work done in the UK, or who have a largely UK-based team of engineers. Shortlisted are Buro Happold, Jacobs, Mace, MWH, Ramboll and SKM

Specialist Consultant of the Year is also new for 2012 and looks to reward firms that exist beneath the big boys, providing specialist skills or services. Sponsored by Beale & Company, shortlisted firms are Ardent, Bridgezone, Clear Environmental, SLR, Strainstall and Testconsult.

SME Consultant of the Year is also new, and looks to reward the smaller, up-and-coming firms. Shortlisted are Alan Wood, BWB, GHA Livigunn, Hydrock, IKM and Peter Dann

The Young Consultant of the Year sponsored by Hays Civil Engineering is there to identify and praise the industry’s rising stars. This year finalists come from firms including KLH Sustainability, Arup, Buro Happold and Aecom.

Finally, the Outstanding Achievement of the Year award goes to the project team that has really set the bar in terms of industry innovation and project delivery. There is no shortlist for this category, with the winner to be announced on the day.

With some many new categories, and because this year – a year of deep recession for the industry – looks set to be the toughest ever to judge, a top-notch judging panel has been convened.

Judging the awards alongside NCE editor Antony Oliver, deputy editor Mark Hansford and Consultants File editor Margo Cole will be Association of Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin, ACE chairman and WYG chief executive Paul Hamer, FIDIC president and former Scott Wilson chairman Geoff French, Numis Securities analyst Francesca Raleigh and Manchester Business School professor of innovation management and strategy Bruce Tether.

Judging was taking place as NCE went to press. The award winners will be revealed at the awards lunch at London’s Claridges Hotel on Friday 30 March; will be announced online at www.nce.co.uk immediately after they are announced; and appear in detail in NCE’s Consultants File on Thursday 5 April.

 

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