In this Barbour Index-sponsored award, sound financial results and the outstanding management of complex schemes such as Bovis Lend Lease's Bluewater were the deciders.
  • winner

    Bovis Lend Lease
    Bovis Lend Lease's construction turnover in the UK showed a staggering rise of 47%, bringing it to £921m in 1998. Operating profit went up 5% to £11.6m. The highlight of 1999 was the completion in March of the £385m Bluewater retail and leisure development in Kent, which opened two weeks ahead of schedule. Outside the UK, the firm continues to make inroads. Overseas turnover leaped 14% to £1.4bn in 1998 compared with £1.2bn the previous year, and overseas operating profit rose a mighty 138% from £5.2m to £12.4m.

  • second

    Turner & Townsend Project Management
    Turner & Townsend Project Management's performance improved significantly last year, with turnover up 19.6% to £12.1m. Ensuring customer satisfaction has been a focus of the firm's strategy, illustrated by the decision to employ a market research consultant to measure client feedback. Its green credentials were tested to the limit with the project management of the London Docklands Campus for the University of East London, where the brief was for a low-energy campus with minimal environmental impact.

  • third

    Osprey Project Management
    Osprey Project Management had a healthy year in 1999, with turnover jumping 30% £5.2m. Operating profit reflected the rise, as it increased 42% to £300 000. Solid client relations is a central strategy for the firm, and partnering agreements now account for half of all jobs. The firm's key project in 1999 was taking on the project management midway through of the redevelopment of Books Etc's 5000 m2 store and headquarters in London.

    Made a huge effort to drive IT solutions forward and they are probably ahead of the rest of the industry

    They have an environmental policy and are measuring their performance – both are commendable

    They already have an Investors In People accreditation and are spreading it through the rest of their organisation