Manchester-based civil and structural engineering consultancy, HBL Associates has followed up last year’s success at the civil engineering industry’s leading national awards by being shortlisted in two categories of this year’s New Civil Engineer (NCE) Companies of the Year Awards.
HBL is one of just 5 companies shortlisted for Excellence in Construction Delivery, a category that recognises firms that are raising the bar in construction, bringing the most innovative technical and technology-led solutions to the market with a view to driving productivity and efficiency.
The company is also one of 9 companies shortlisted in the Leader in Health, Safety and Wellbeing category, which acknowledges firms showing constant vigilance and process in health and safety, as well as addressing the increasingly important issue of mental health and staff wellbeing. Last year HBL underlined its commitment to this initiative by becoming one of the North West’s first engineering consultancies to secure the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.
This double NCE Awards nomination means HBL proudly sits alongside some of the country’s major consultants and contractor companies, and recognised as being amongst the most innovative, impactful and inspirational firms operating across UK civil engineering.
Last year HBL entered the prestigious NCE Awards for the first time and was not only shortlisted as one of the magazine’s ‘Top 100 Consultants’, but recognised in its ‘Trending 20’ category, which acknowledges up and coming SME’s of fewer than 200 staff. This year the award shortlists have recognised some of HBL’s particular areas of expertise.
Director, Liam Massey commented:
“Last year’s awards success provided a great platform from which to drive our business forward and for an SME the size of HBL Associates to this year be shortlisted alongside some of the biggest and best players in the UK civil engineering sector is a fantastic achievement, and one that everyone within our organisation is very proud of.”
Because of the impact of Covid-19, the 2020 Awards ceremony has actually been pushed back to February 2021 when it will take place at The Brewery in London. NCE editor, Claire Smith sees the event providing a timely boost for the industry:
“After a very challenging year for this sector, the awards night itself will not just be about recognising leaders in the industry, it will also be about everyone coming back together and networking once again in order to build better outcomes in 2021.”
Liam Massey agreed the shortlist announcements have come at a good time:
“Confirmation of national awards recognition such as this provides a massive fillip to all concerned and reminds everyone that, after our breakthrough success at last year’s awards, HBL remains one of the up and coming civil engineering consultants to watch.”