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NCE100 | Winning engineers who shape the world

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Civic Engineers, GHD, Ramboll, Robert Bird Group and Royal HaskoningDHV have all won categories in the Shaping the World them at the New Civil Engineer 100 Companies of the Year awards.

The five categories under this theme were all about finding firms that make a difference to society, worldwide, through the excellence of their engineering solutions. The categories are closely linked to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Category | Excellence in Urban Living

Winner: Civic Engineers

Judges said: “Altrincham town centre had one of the highest vacancy rates in the country. Trafford Borough Council turned to Civic Engineers to sort it out. And how. In March 2017, vacancy rates were down to less than 10%. Crime and anti-social behaviour is also down and footfall through the town centre up.

“That is a great example of going engineering transforming lives.”

High commendation: Wills Bros Engineering

Shortlist: Bryden Wood Technology, CGL, Civic Engineers, Clancy Consulting, HR Wallingford, Waterman, Wills Bros Engineering, WSP.


Category | Excellence in Water

Winner: GHD

Judges said: “GHD led the design of a significant upgrade of a 100-year-old pipeline bringing clean water to a major city in the UK. The firm designed three new tunnel sections, along with their connections to the existing conduit, to ensure continuous supply across national borders for generations ahead.”

High commendation: IDOM

Shortlist: Arup, Black & Veatch, FCC Construcción, GHD, HR Wallingford, IDOM, Jacobs, London Bridge Associates and Stantec.


Category | Excellence in transport

Winner: Ramboll

Judges said: “Ramboll was a key technical consultant on the £600M Mersey Gateway scheme, working on the huge project in the tiny borough of Halton from inception to completion. Halton Borough Council leader Rob Pohill said the scheme would not have happened without Ramboll’s “continuing support”.

High commendation: Jacobs

Shortlist: BWB Group, Curtins, Jackson Civil Engineering, Jacobs, Mace, Patrick Parsons, Ramboll and WSP.


Category | Excellence in alternative energy

Winner: Robert Bird Group

Judges said: “Robert Bird Group played a key role since the inception of Phase 1A of the ambitious MeyGen project to create the world’s first grid-connected tidal turbine scheme in Scottish waters.

“RBG conceived and developed the gravity base for the scheme, a key building block required for the tidal power industry to grow and fulfil its promise of aiding transformation to a more sustainable energy mix in the future.”

Shortlist: Beckett Rankine, IDOM, JBA Consulting, Mott MacDonald, Robert Bird Group, Sweco UK, Walters and WYG.


Category | Excellence in climate resilience

Winner: Royal HaskoningDHV

Judges said: “Royal Haskoning, which has 6,000 staff working on projects in 150 countries, says it embeds people into project teams to help them “live and breathe” the schemes. It also aims to apply “global solutions to local situations”.

“On the £180M Moray Flood Alleviation programme it was challenged to devise a solution that was both invisible and prevented flooding. Not only was the challenge met, it was delivered ahead of programme and under budget.”

Shortlist: Arcadis, Civic Engineers, Floodline Consulting, HR Wallingford, JBA Consulting, Royal HaskoningDHV, RPS Group and Waterco Consultants.


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