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Consultants Awards 2013: shortlist announced

The 10th anniversary of the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards sees a glittering array of performers vying to win: find out who here

The shortlisted companies has been announced for the 2013 NCE/ACE Consultant of the Year awards, due to be presented later this month. This is the 10th anniversary of the awards, which continue to recognise the outstanding achievements of both companies and individuals.

While economic conditions are tougher in the UK and the rest of Europe than they were 10 years ago, many firms have shown remarkable resilience, and have increased turnover and staff numbers every year since the awards began. Most have achieved this by successfully expanding into new markets, and by responding well to global opportunities in new territories.

This year’s NCE/ACE Consultant of the Year awards includes four categories for companies, and the shortlisted firms in each of these categories have all reported growth over the last 12 months, despite those difficult trading conditions.

The other two categories are Young Consultant of the Year - open to engineers and consultants aged 35 and under - and the Outstanding Achievement award, which recognises an individual or company for either a project, activity or lifetime of work that has made a difference to people’s lives, and to the way engineers and consultants are perceived in society.

The firms and individuals that have been shortlisted for these awards are listed below, and the winners will be announced at the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards lunch on 22 March 2013 at Claridge’s, London.


Global consultant of the year


Global finalist: Mott Macdonald worked on New Irvington Tunnel, California

Sponsored by Bentley

  • Atkins
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Arup
  • ERM
  • Turner & Townsend
  • Hyder

UK consultant of the year


UK consultant finalist: Mace project managed The Shard

Sponsored by Mabey Hire

  • Mace
  • Amey
  • Black & Veatch
  • SKM
  • RSK
  • Waterman

Small and Medium-sized consultant of the year


SME finalist: GHA Livigunn did the detailed design for Pont Tonfanau footbridge in North Wales

Sponsored by Griffiths & Armour

  • MLM
  • AKT II
  • GHA Livigunn
  • Elliott Wood Partnership
  • Merebrook Consulting
  • Crofton
  • BCS Design

Specialist consultant of the year


Specialst consultant finalist: Marine and water specialist HR Wallingford

  • HR Wallingford (Civil engineering and environmental hydraulics)
  • Testconsult (quality control on major projects)
  • IKM Consulting (environmental risk management)
  • London Bridge Associates (tunnelling management)
  • Westlakes Engineering (nuclear decomissioning)
  • Ardent (Engineering mitigation measures to minimise health and safety and environmental impacts of spillages and catastrophic events.

Young consultant of the year

Sponsored by Hays

  • Tom Wilcock, Arup
  • Daniel Ldbury, Sheffield City Council
  • Jose Amorim, Nicholas Jones Partnership
  • Matthew Browell-Hook, Atkins

Outstanding achievement

Sponsored by Beale & Co

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognises a firm, team or individual involved in work that has gone above and beyond the norm. It rewards individuals, groups or teams that are ambassadors for the consultancy profession and exemplify the contribution that the industry makes to society, the environment and quality of life. There is no shortlist for this category. All nominations are considered to decide if there is an individual or team whose work in the last 12 months - or over their lifetime - has contributed to the standing and reputation of consultancy and engineering in the UK or overseas


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