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Tenth Consultants Awards recognises skill and excellence

Civil engineering consultancy is back on the up, and the best performers were rewarded last Friday in the prestigious NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards. Turner & Townsend took top honours as Global Consultant of the Year at the prestigious ceremony at London’s Claridge’s hotel.

UK Consultant of the Year was Mace, and Small and Medium Sized Consultant of the Year went to the recently reborn AKTII. Specialist Consultant of the Year was HR Wallingford.

The awards also celebrate outstanding individual achievement, with Tom Wilcock of Arup named Young Consultant of the Year and Arup Group Trust chairman Terry Hill given the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his 40 years in the industry.

Commenting on the winners, NCE editor Antony Oliver said the most successful consultancy firms combined the ability to respond to changing market conditions with exceptional levels of service to their clients.

Evan Davis consultants awards

The Consultants Awards 2012: Hosted by BBC presenter Evan Davis

He also described all four finalists for the Young Consultant of the Year Award as “exceptional”, saying they were “inspirational” to young people coming into the industry.

The awards are in their 10th year, and they 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 bysuccessfully expanding into new markets, and by responding well to global opportunities in new territories.

Mark Reynolds and Jason Millet of Mace

UK consultant winners: Mark Reynolds and Jason Millet of Mace

The last year has seen a particular boom in the recruitment of civil and structural engineers, a sure sign of market confidence. NCE looks at the trends behind the current surge in recruitment and talks to Global Firm of the Year Turner & Townsend and Small and Medium Sized Consultant of the Year AKTII to understand the reasons behind their success.

Full details of the winners and shortlisted firms can be found in NCE’s Consultants File, published alongside NCE this week.

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