This category recognises the geotechnical consultancy, or division within a major consultant, that has continually delivered innovation, quality and value over the last 12 months, while growing in terms of revenue, profits and staff numbers. Entrants had to use evidence from projects to show how their business has gone beyond the expected level of service through interaction with clients, contractors and stakeholders.
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Founded only three years ago, A-squared Studio, has grown to be a team of 15 with offices in Italy and Australia, and eyes on a foothold in Eastern Europe. Revenue growth over the past 12 months has exceeded 30% and has effectively doubled since 2015.
The firm has delivered numerous landmark projects including the substructure design of Battersea Power Station redevelopment, ITV HQ, UCLH Proton Beam Facility and Google HQs in both London and California, and large cofferdams for Thames Tideway.
Atkins’ staff have embraced significant change over the past 12 months when the firm became part of SNC-Lavalin and became truly global. With offices in the UK, Middle East, India and Hong Kong, they can now add Canada to their portfolio.
The firm continues to work on a diverse range of schemes, with project successes such as HS2 and East West Rail, but their strength comes from the firm’s geotechnical achievements in winning small and medium opportunities.
This small firm employing just 11 engineers, has seen a 30% increase in turnover in the past twelve months, and positions itself as the technical geotechnical link for specialist sub-contractors and consulting engineers.
Piledesigns received over 1,700 instructions in the last financial year, including Coal Drop Yard in Kings Cross. Piling was within the shell of the existing structure, with a restricted working space and the design required multisection pile analysis for significant axial, lateral and tension loads.
Ramboll Ground Engineering
2017 saw the number of ground engineering staff grow by 7% at Ramboll, in response to winning projects such as HS2, Liverpool Cruise Terminal and the Digital Railway.
One project highlighting the firm’s continued success is the Thameslink Canal Tunnels located directly below a proposed 12-storey commercial building at Kings Cross. Ramboll worked with the agent to maximise let-ability while demonstrating to Network Rail that the proposals would not have a detrimental effect on the safe operation and serviceability of the tunnels.
Tony Gee and Partners
Over the last 12 months, Tony Gee has seen group turnover increase by 10%, with geotechnics contributing 20%. The firm’s projects vary considerably in size and type, and currently include a 34km expansion to the West Midlands network for Midlands Metro Alliance and Thames Tideway East and West.
Close interaction between the firm’s offices has reinforced geotechnical resource and capability, with senior staff working across all the locations disseminating advice on common areas of design.