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We know that our talented people deliver excellent projects, and we’re delighted that other people think that too. Here’s just a selection of the awards and accolades our UK teams have received.


Three of our projects were recognised at the 2015 Lord Mayor Design Awards 

Two of our projects featured in the 'new buildings' category, with the Great Park Community Centre winning overall and Discovery School being highly commended. The ‘conversion’ category saw a win for our Westgate Hill Primary School project.  

Winner of Best Graduate Recruitment Strategy at In-house Recruitment Awards 

These Recruitment Awards recognise the amazing achievements of in-house recruitment teams.  In a category which featured a number of the UK’s leading companies, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff's graduate recruitment strategy stood out from the rest. 

Birmingham New Street recognised as Regeneration Project of the Year 

The 2015 Insider Property Awards for the West Midlands saw the newly redeveloped Birmingham New Street Station win the Regeneration Project of the Year Award. The judging committee said the transformation of one of the UK’s busiest railways stations produced a catalyst for regional regeneration, making it a clear winner.  

Lincolnshire Lakes wins the award for Planning for the Environment at the Planning Awards 2015

In conjunction with the project design team, we submitted an entry for the Planning Awards 2015 on behalf of our client, Lucent Group. The project was shortlisted in October, 2015 and was announced as the winner on Tuesday November 17 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

The project plans to deliver 3,000 homes and a commercial park in two new villages with a major package of green infrastructure and water management works and highway improvement works. Whilst ensuring the future protection and development of the natural environment and its surrounding areas.

For further information, please contact Andy Ricketts on 0121 352 4767 or via email

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Awards recognise WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff employee

Transport planner Claire Whitfield named Young Professional of the Year at the CIHT Awards for the North East and Cumbria. Claire was highly commended for her excellent references from both colleagues and clients, as well as her promotion of engineering within Newcastle University and local schools. 

Once again, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff wins at the Brownfield Briefing Awards

Over the years we have been hugely successful at the Brownfield Briefing Awards, the flagship event for the UK's brownfield community. At this year's ceremony, our remediation team was given the award for 'best conceptual design' - making it four years in a row that the team has come away with at least one award! The latest win related to our work in restoring the site of a former tar distillery in Yorkshire. 

Awarded best firm for 'Real Estate Environmental Due Diligence' in the Acquisition International Magazine Merger & Acquisition Awards 2015

Our UK leading real estate environmental due diligence was recognised with the prestigious award that 'awards firms delivering deals that could make a huge difference to a business, a local economy or even an entire country’. 

Winner of 'Engineering Consultant of the Year' in the 2015 Building Awards

Our work over the past year in a number of areas was rewarded with winning this prestigious accolade.  The judges commented; 'WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff recently completed a successful merger and stands out as a real ‘human company’, staffed by people who are always good to work with'.

The A19 /A1058 Coast Road Grade Separated Junction Improvement wins Highways England 'Supplier Recognition' award

Our work on the A19 /A1058 Coast Road Grade Separated Junction Improvement was awarded Highways England Supplier Recognition Award for ‘managing down costs'.

Winner of the 'Best Recruitment Advertising Campaign' at the In-House Recruitment Awards.

Our advertisement campaign has won the Best Recruitment Advertising Campaign Award at the In-House Recruitment Awards.  The judges said “(WSP) set out with a clear objective, maintained brand consistency and differentiated themselves from the industry “norm” with the campaign having demonstrated creativity, innovation and effectiveness.”

Mark Naysmith, WSP in the UK's Managing Director, wins ACE's European CEO of the year 2014

WSP in the UK’s Managing Director Mark Naysmith was named the Association for consultancy and Engineering’s (ACE) European CEO of the year 2014 in the large firm category.  The award celebrates the contribution of business leaders in the consultancy and engineering sector across Europe

Our UK press office wins International Building Press Awards 2014

Our press office has been awarded the title of best in-house communications team in the built environment sector at the British-based International Building Press (IBP) Awards 2014.  The awards were judged by a panel of influential editors, co-professionals and communications experts in the sector. 

Waverley Station is commended at the Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards

Our work on the renewals package 2 at Waverley Station was commended at the most recent Saltire Awards for giving a new lease of life to Edinburgh’s railway station. The judges commented: “The project demonstrates a high degree of collaborative working on a vast, very complex site, the finished project offering a considerable improvement to the travel through the Station and is a valuable upgrade of a key asset on the rail network.”

The Wixams wins the 'Best Re-use of Materials' award in the Brownfield Briefing Awards

The Brownfield Briefing Awards, now in its tenth year, have become the flagship event for the brownfield community and recognise technical and conceptual excellence in projects that have been underway over the past 18 months.

Bond Street station wins the ICE London infrastructure award

Bond Street station has won the Institution of Civil Engineers London infrastructure award and has been recognised for excellence in design and construction. 

The Place wins 'Engineering News Record Best Global Project (Office)' 2014

The Place, the 17-storey ‘sister’ building to The Shard, has been awarded ENR’s global accolade in recognition of the global teamwork and complex engineering required on a constrained site right next to London Bridge, one of London’s busiest rail stations.
The Place provides 40,000 sq. m. (428,000 sq. ft.) of efficient, modern office space with direct access to London Bridge Quarter's new piazza.

The ENR awards recognise international collaboration. As well as close working between our UK and USA teams as structural engineers, the project featured an integrated, international team led by client Sellar Development Services and including Paris-based architects Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Qatari investment firm QNB Capital, Canadian architect Adamson Associates, global construction consultancy Turner & Townsend and global contractors Mace. The collaboration of a global team ensured a successful project, delivered within 36 months.

University of Nottingham Energy Technologies building project wins education award at the BREEAM Awards 2014

A WSP project was successful at the BREEAM Awards 2014, which celebrates some of the highest scoring BREEAM buildings from the last 12 months. WSP's building services team were part of the successful design team behind the Energy Technologies Building (ETB), a new, exemplar low carbon building on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.

The building is dedicated to research and development in sustainable energy technologies and has a host of eco-features. The scheme was part of a shortlist of the highest scoring buildings certified in the education category in 2013. The judging panel then took into account a range of factors such as the value of the building to its occupiers and users and the particular site constraints of the project.

RoSPA President’s Award winners for Occupational Health & Safety, 2014

The Presidents Awards are presented to those organisations which have achieved at least 10 consecutive Gold Awards. Now in its 58th year, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Safety Awards recognise health and safety success and offer organisations a prime opportunity to prove their ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards.  It is the 8th occasion WSP have won this award.

Winsford Academy scoops architectural acoustics award

WSP’s acoustics team received the award for Architectural Acoustics in recognition of their work on Winsford Academy, a 12,500m2 newbuild school for 1700 pupils that was delivered to a very tight budget of £18.1m.

The project team considered the full scope of acoustic design from the very outset, meaning they were able to deliver a less costly, more efficient design solution. The judges noted that the acoustics team ‘talking to the architect at an early stage was an innovative element of this project and an approach which should be adopted wherever possible.'

Trinity shopping centre in Leeds named Best New Centre at the BCSC Gold Awards, 2013

The project has been recognised at the British Council for Shopping Centres (BCSC) Gold Awards 2013. The Best New Centre award, which is designed to recognise the developers that deliver new levels of innovation, design and experience. WSP provided building services design, acoustics and energy consultancy on the project.

Opened in March 2013, the transformation of a stunning new retail heart for the 1 million sq ft retail and leisure destination unites three of Leeds' prime shopping streets under a spectacular sweeping glazed roof. Since opening, the £350m scheme has attracted over 7 million visitors and elevated Leeds to 6th place in the UK's hierarchy of top retail locations.


The Shard wins the CTBUH Best Tall Building in Europe Award 2013

The Shard, London, CTBUH

The Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Environment (CTBUH) Tall Building Awards annually recognise excellence in design and construction. Following an open call period for nominations, the Council’s Awards Jury selected The Shard as the winner of the Europe category.

These awards recognise projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The projects must also exhibit processes and innovations that have added to the profession of design and enhance the cities and the lives of their inhabitants.

International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Facility of the Year Award for Equipment Innovation, 2013

MedImmune influenza vaccine manufacturing Automation Upgrade project

MedImmune turned to WSP to help ramp up its existing egg-based bulk vaccine manufacturing process to allow for a rapid increase in production for its influenza vaccine. WSP delivered the project which included project management, detailed design and qualification.

The IPSE Facility of the Year Award Judging Panel recognized the UK Automation Upgrade Project because of “its work to drive a paradigm shift in egg-based vaccine manufacturing”.

The Shard receives a commendation at the Structural Awards 2013

We have been recognised for our structural design excellence by the IStructE at the Structural Awards 2013 in the Commercial or Retail Structures category.

Established in 1968, the Structural Awards recognise and reward the work of the world’s most talented structural designers, their indispensable contribution to the built environment and showcase projects that lead the industry's development.

The judges said “The engineering design of a building of this height presents its own challenges but the structural engineers go beyond this in their creativity when responding to the unusual aspects of the design and by developing the construction aspects that are key to a successful project.” 

The Shard is ‘BCI Major Project of the Year’ 2013

The Shard team, including WSP who were structural engineers and worked on the iconic building from inception, collected their award at the 26th BCI Awards gala dinner on 9th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

The BCI Awards are an established and coveted awards with the ‘Major Building Project of the Year award’ recognised industry wide.  This award adds to the shower of awards the Shard has already won.

The judges said "The Shard is impressive because they got the details right in the planning, design and construction. As a result it made the whole project look simple when, in reality, it was immensely complex."

Video the clip below to see the team talking about the award

Engineering News Record Global Best Projects Competition, 2013

The Shard, London – Best Large Project of the Year and Global Best Project in the Retail/Mixed-Use Developments category

The award recognised the innovative design and construction methods delivered by an integrated team led by client Sellar Development Services and including Paris-based architects Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Qatari investment firm QNB Capital, Canadian architect Adamson Associates, global engineers WSP and Arup, global construction consultancy Turner & Townsend and global contractors Mace.  The team from the four corners of the earth delivered the project within an astonishing 44 months.

We are number one in Transport Planning in the NCE Consultants File, 2013

The New Civil Engineer (NCE) Consultants File is recognised by the industry as the report on the health and wealth of the UK civil engineering consultancy sector. We have remained at the top of the rankings for transport planning for over three years. 

European Construction Institute (ECI) Project of the Year Award, 2012 

Cold stores for Pfizer

WSP designed and delivered the £7m facility which is one of the largest cold stores in Europe.

The award recognises the project that has most successfully used the ACTIVE principles to deliver the project and demonstrated exemplary performance. The ECI Awards Committee particularly noted the team’s proactive approach working with the whole supply chain to meet the challenging project demands.

In addition to winning the award in 2010 and 2012, WSP CEL has been shortlisted for the award seven times in the last 10 years. 

Brownfield Briefing Awards for Best re-use of materials, 2012

London Power Tunnels

We were delighted to win this award with our client, National Grid, recognising the efforts made to re-use materials excavated from the London Power Tunnels Project – a seven-year project to rewire the capital via deep underground tunnels, in order to meet increasing electricity demand and help London access the renewable energy of the future.

Excavations from the first tunnelling phase are generating material needed at twelve National Grid Property sites around the London area. The successful delivery of this scheme and of re-using materials will eventually support the diversion of 85% of the arisings from landfill or external sites to internal National Grid sites and result in the sustainable sourcing of the majority of needed import materials for filling on gasholder or remediation sites. 

Environmental Adviser of the Year Award, 2011

Awarded to WSP for the third time in five years by Acquisitions Monthly, the leading international M&A magazine. Our team were praised for having shown: “how innovation, expert knowledge of the sector and breadth of service have helped clients to reach workable efficient solutions to their needs and environmental challenges.”

ACE Engineering Excellence Award - Building Services (Large), 2011

Strata, London SE1

Our team received accolades for the design of this 148 metre high, 43-storey residential tower forming a dynamic new addition to the London skyline. This was the first development in the world where wind turbines are integrated within the building fabric, setting a new benchmark for sustainable urban living.

Winner of World Architecture Festival – Best Global Structure, 2011

Beekman Tower, New York

The 267m, 76-storey iconic Beekman Tower, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, is a landmark project which redefines the skyline of lower Manhattan. The project is New York’s highest residential tower and the first high-rise development since 9/11.

The World Architecture Festival judges said: “The design of Frank Gehry's complex sculptural tower required innovated and integrated engineering by the WSP Cantor Seinuk team.  Significant structural challenges had to be overcome to deliver the tower, which includes residential, school and hospital facilities. It uses low-level transfer slabs and ultra-high strength concrete to create open space at lower level, and challenging cantilevers to maximise the size of floor plates at high level.   It is state-of-the-art tower design delivering outstanding world-class architecture.”