Winners of ‘Specialist Consultancy of the Year’

Portland is extremely proud to be awarded Winners of ‘Specialist Consultancy of the Year’ at the North East Insider Awards 2020.

The award was bestowed to the North East-based specialist consultancy which, according to the judges has made significant contributions to developments in planning, design, deliverability and cost control during the qualifying period. Entries were received from a variety of companies, including surveyors, planning consultants, environmental, engineering and M&E consultant.

The judges were asked to assess the entry submission for evidence of innovative solutions and examples of where a consultancy’s contribution has been vital to a project’s success. Factors including control of costs and working within the agreed timeframe were also considered.

The North East Property Award judges said “Portland as had an excellent year, seeing increases in staff numbers and turnover.  The high-profile nature of some of the projects it delivers during the qualifying period and its innovative approach stood out.

Managing director, Lee Barr said “We’re absolutely delighted to see our team’s hard work and dedication acknowledged in this way. It is great recognition of our commitments to developing our staff. Our approach has been developed over several years and we believe the high-quality service we offer is testament to the calibre of our people.” 

Portland’s winning entry included three amazing regional projects

  • Greatham Residential in Hartlepool :  Delivering 36 new homes in a rural village, utilising an innovative new construction solution that was thoroughly researched before design and detail.  The success of the pioneering construction is set to be rolled out on future housing schemes by our client.
  • Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP) in Middlesbrough : A speculative industrial development on a 11 hectare brownfield site by the banks of the River Tees.   Portland were instrumental in the accomplishment of the project actually being constructed and devised an innovative ground engineering design that ultimately allowed the project to be delivered on budget when faced with technically and financially challenging issues in the ground. This involved the re-engineering of the ground to a depth of 9m thus overcoming the remnants of the former ironworks that occupied the site
  • Refurbishment of Killingworth Depot : Portland worked closely with North Tyneside Council for two years to devise a scheme to enable the existing 50-hectare site to be refurbished and repurposed to provide modern accommodation and to enhance the sustainability of the site. Providing assistance to the client with a design of bespoke ‘solar canopies’ and to obtain a substantial grant to fund installation of renewable power sources that could be used to power the forthcoming fleet of electric commercial vehicles