Finalists for Building Services Award (companies with more than 250 employees)

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2013 was an exceptional year for AECOM’s building services team marked by a series of highs, from the launch of Halley VI, the British Antarctic Survey’s space-age new research base, to the Royal opening of BBC Broadcasting House in central London, the world’s first BREEAM Excellent media hub.

The firm's staff continue to lead on sustainable building design, delivering smart solutions to today’s challenges. This year, it authored pioneering research to close the gap between building design and performance, and our work on Part L regulations is moving the country closer to the Government’s ambition for zero carbon buildings.

Hoare Lea 

Highlights of the year included its contribution to industry publications including NHBC’s BIM Introductory Guide, CEM Grey Water for UK Housing Report, BIFM Energy Audit Guide, BCO Guide to Lighting, BCO Britain’s Energy Gap.

The firm raised £15,000 for Tri-for-Life, a multi-sport event supporting cancer charities.

Award wins have included: CIBSE Building Service Consultancy of the Year and Employer of the Year (CIBSE YEN) 2013. In July 2013, Llewellyn House, Port Talbot achieved a BREEAM score of 80.49%, the highest score for a New Construction 2011 assessment in the UK.

It is currently providing MEP design and monitoring for a first of its kind carbon capture pilot plant integrated into a CHP (DECC funding).


URS’ ability to deliver modern, sustainable and innovative buildings is demonstrated through recent work on the University of Nottingham’s Si Yuan Centre, which received a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, and the Streatham Hub, which is a complex mixed-use development that includes an ice rink built above a heated swimming pool – only the second time this has ever been attempted. 

The firm has supported by over 400 BREEAM and LEED accredited staff worldwide, and driven by client, user and environmental requirements, its engineers innovate through design. Using modern building information modelling and computer-aided techniques, it has delivered solutions that consistently go beyond the brief.

Waterman Group

The past 12 months has seen considerable growth in the Waterman Group of which the firm's Building Services engineers have played a significant part. Its strength has been in offering specialist expertise in varied market sectors with particular emphasis on commercial, residential, retail and data rich environments.

Waterman pioneered multidisciplinary 3D single project models and our market position remains high amongst the leaders in BIM and computational modelling. Significant investment is currently underway to ensure that the people within its eight offices throughout the UK remain as the consultants of choice for  new and existing clients.


WSP was proactive during the recession to put us in the best position to take advantage of the recovery, and that came to fruition in 2013 as our UK market grew and we took advantages of international growth following our merger with GENIVAR. Its strategy is to grow  market share from 2 to 3% over the next three years.

The building services teams received recognition for projects such as Trinity Leeds and Trowbridge County Hall in the UK, and international work such as Mall of Egypt. The firm plans to recruit up to 70 new team members in 2014.