Over 170 of the industry’s top names gathered at the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards last week to see Mace scoop the prestigious gong for major firm.
NCE editor Antony Oliver and Association for Consultancy & Engineering vice chairman Chris Cole kicked off the eighth annual Consultants of the Year Awards at Claridges and welcomed the biggest and brightest group of guests so far in the event’s history.
The big prize for Major Consultant of the Year went to a company that has been working on arguably the best and certainly the most high profile scheme the UK has seen for 20 years - London’s Olympic Park.
Sponsor Griffiths & Armour handed the award to project and programme management consultant Mace - part of the three headed Olympic Park delivery partner that this week helped deliver the Olympic stadium three weeks’ early (see feature page 20).
Mace has also increased its staff in a tough market and seen fees jump 27.1% to £890M. The firm also has its name on top of the capital’s other iconic project - the Shard building going up at London Bridge.
London’s Shard, and the new towers going up in New York on the World Trade Center site a decade on from the 9/11 terrorist attack, helped WSP to the international trophy sponsored by BST Global.
In the Medium Firm category structures firm Hilson Moran reported a 23% jump in fees to £16.6M, staff numbers just about intact and work on two big London towers - the Pinnacle and 20 Fenchurch Street - completed an outstanding year.
The first winner of the newly launched Small Consultant category was 15 strong Hewson Consulting Engineers - which has carved out an impressive portfolio of challenging UK and international projects.
The Outstanding Achievement award went to Atkins for its engineering and social inclusion work on the Gautrain rail project in South Africa.
And Young Consultant of the Year, sponsored by Hays was also won by Atkins and its high flying mechanical engineer Peter Brown who, the judges said, lit up the room with his infectious enthusiasm.
Congratulations to them all; full details are in NCE’s 2011 Consultants File. Read it online here.