ACE Engineering Excellence Awards 2011 winners announced
Issued: 27 May 2011

ACE is pleased to announce the winners of its Engineering Excellence Awards, recognising the very best that consultancy and engineering has to offer.

The awards event on the evening of 25 May was hosted by ITV News anchor Mary Nightingale at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, and brought together firms both large and small from across the industry and beyond.

ACE chief executive, Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, said: “This year’s awards were the most competitive we have seen with a remarkable standard of entry in every category.”

The awards also named the Engineering Ambassador of the Year. This year the prestigious title went to Hanif Kara of AKT2. Hanif is a founding partner of Adams Kara Taylor and is an enthusiastic exponent of using creative engineering to keep the UK’s industry one step ahead.

The winners list in full is:


Building services small

Delap and Waller - Public Records Office of Northern Ireland,  Titanic Quarter, Belfast

Building Services Medium

Gifford - Conservation of Tyntesfield Estate

Building services large

WSP  - Strata SE1

Building structures small

Crofton Design - Leas Lift, Folkestone

Building structures medium

Curtins Consulting - People’s History Museum

Building structures large

Pell Frischmann - University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences

Infrastructure SME

Royal Haskoning - Weston-Super-Mare sea defence project

Infrastructure large

URS/Scott Wilson  - Reconstruction of collapsed tunnel at Gerrards Cross

Research Award

Mott MacDonald – LATreat

Ambassador of the Year

Hanif Kara

Lifetime Achievement

Sir Michael Latham

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Notes to editors

Photos available on request.


Launched in 2008, ACE’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards showcase the finest achievements of consultancy and engineering firms and the innovation that makes the industry crucial to local, national and global economies.

A distinguished panel of judges come together to assess individual entries and judge against high expectations for original and unique design work, a future value beyond what is normal, and social, economic and environmental sustainability, and successful fulfillment of the client’s needs.

The expert judges are bought together from the fields of engineering, architecture, media and academia, as well as from within government. They then evaluate aspects of the projects holistically, but also the less tangible wow factor that a project may have with local communities and the wider public.

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