Faithful+Gould comes out on top for this category this year thanks to its ability to produce impressive financials at home and abroad while also winning repeat business

Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the year (100 staff or over)

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Faithful + Gould

Judges agreed that in an extremely strong category, Faithful+Gould was the stand-out, strongest finalist and “an excellent example to others”. The firm has demonstrated steady financials in the UK, backed up with an extremely strong overseas performance. The group has expanded into new regions such as the Middle East, France and Germany and opened a Paris office in December 2011. It has also made sure it is well placed to make the most of new markets but moving into emerging sectors including nuclear and petrochemicals. The icing on the cake was a partnership with EDF on their nuclear build programme. Faithful+Gould also demonstrates a commitment to sustainability. Donald Lawson, the firm’s chief executive, said that successful relationships with clients were one of the most important aspects of running a good business - highlighting the fact that 70% of the group’s current business is repeat. Judges said this was one of the key contributors to Faithful+Gould’s success before adding that the company’s strong financials gave the firm even more of on edge. Undoubtedly a worthy winner in a competitive category.

Runners up

Davis Langdon, an Aecom company

Over 5 million ft2 of commercial space in the capital has had the Davis Langdon treatment, proving the firm remains at the top of its game in this sector. The firm has used the new opportunities that come from being part of the Aecom global consultancy to its advantage.


Gleeds’ commitment to first class services has attracted clients including Marks & Spencer and the BBC. Gleeds has reported 91% of clients have been “very satisfied” with the delivery of service provided by the firm, which is up from 84% in 2010.

Rider Levett Bucknall

The group has spent the last 12 months developing BIM and Total Cost Management to support service delivery. The firm also launched the industry’s first cost-based Smartphone and desktop app, as well as ‘Responsible Management’ - a system saving clients money.

Sweett Group

Sweett Group has marked 2011 by securing commissions on high-profile projects across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In Asia in particular, the firm has performed extremely well where it now employs 550 staff across 12 offices.

Turner & Townsend

Global expansion has created a 47% increase in work opportunities for staff with 200 international secondments arranged over the 12 month-period. Closer to home it worked for high-profile clients including the ODA, Crossrail, BAA and the Environment Agency.