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New Civil Engineer names its Companies of the Year

  • Opus International named NCE100 Company of the Year 2016
  • 100 firms have been assessed against five core competencies
  • Costain top scoring contractor

Opus International Consultants has been named NCE100 Company of the Year 2016, by New Civil Engineer’s assessment of the top firms in civil engineering based on the cultures, competencies and skillsets that matter most.

Opus International Consultants is NCE100 Company of the Year

NCE100 winnners named

Opus International Consultants is NCE100 Company of the Year

Opus International topped a list of 100 firms drawn from the entire industry supply chain, which collectively earns £51bn a year and employs 392,000 staff worldwide, according to the firms’ entries.

The 100 companies making the up the NCE100 were revealed at a gala dinner on Wednesday 11 May in London. Selecting the 100 was a painstaking process that included an in-depth company survey, employee satisfaction survey and finally, ratification by a dozen leading clients among a 30-strong judging panel.

All 100 were assessed against their approaches to technical excellence; pushing technology; being diverse and great and safe places to work; developing future-fit skills; and playing a role in tackling global issues.

In addition to the NCE100, firms also had the chance to enter awards designed to showcase excellence in specific areas.

In the final assessment New Zealand-based Opus was the clear winner by some margin, scoring very highly from its staff, and a near-miss in three other award categories – Talent Champion Award, Best Place To Work Award and International Impact Award.

Opus said it prides itself on having a clear diversity strategy; engaging its staff in outreach activities to promote the profession and act as STEM ambassadors; working with impact internationally; spearheading new technologies through research and development funding; and pushing engineering boundaries through partnerships with clients.

Its history dates back to colonial New Zealand, when around 1885 the country’s public works department began building national road and rail networks to open up its notoriously difficult terrain. It has grown from a small number of engineers to a 3,000 strong staff working in the UK, Australasia, Canada and the US, in the key sectors of buildings, transport water and environment.

Opus heads a top 10 packed with household names.

At number two is Warrington-based MWH. Winner of the Best Place to Work award, highly commended for the Technology Champion Award and finalist in the Contribution to the Profession Award and Technical Excellence award, MWH was strong across the board.

At three is Arup. It actually leapt up several places on the chart on the strength of staff feeling. It scored top in the staff survey and is a hit with its peers too, winning the Collaborative Firm Award.

Mott MacDonald is at number four. It also landed the Contribution to the Profession Award and Diversity Champion Award, as well as being finalist in the Global Firm Of The Year and Collaborative Firm Of The Year Awards.

Dutch-headquartered consulting giant Arcadis is at five and Pell Frischmann is at six.

Top scoring SME London Bridge Associates is at seven.

At eight is the highest ranking contractor, Costain. A double winner, Costain won the Talent Champion and Technical Excellence awards, and also made the final shortlist for Technology Champion, Technology Trailblazer and Collaborative Firm Of The Year awards.

At nine is Technology Champion Award winner JBA Consulting and rounding out the top 10 is nuclear specialist Westlakes Engineering.

All firms making the NCE100 were praised as exemplary, however.

“These are the companies that we believe you will want to work for and work with,” said New Civil Engineer Mark Hansford. “These are the companies who are moving the industry forward and making it great”

“Above all else this isn’t a top 100 based on money earned, or staff employed. We’ve been there, done that, and don’t like it. This is our selection of the top 100 firms in civil engineering based on the cultures, competencies and skillsets that we at New Civil Engineer passionately believe matter most.

“Selecting our 100 has been a painstaking process that included an in-depth company survey, employee satisfaction survey and finally ratification by a dozen leading clients. So it’s robust. And the outcome – our NCE100 – is a fantastic collection of companies that are all great: great to work for, great to work with and great ambassadors for our profession.”

Read more about the NCE100 and the NCE100 award winners here.

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