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Ambionics Ltd Ambionics Ltd is an innovative firm that utilises 3D printing technology to create bionic limbs for children without forearms. We profile the firm to find out more about the vital work it undertakes.


Welcome to the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards Engineers provide the building blocks to the world around us. They provide expertise in a multitude of different areas such as design, construction and systems. The Engineering Excellence Awards 2017 are designed to recognise the different engineering disciplines and reward firms and individuals for their often-unrecognised hard work over the last twelve months.

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The Winners Are... 4. Ambionics Ltd Best Infant Prosthetics Developer - UK 6. Kenco Development, LLC Best Emerging Design / Build Firm - New England & Engineering Excellence Award in Commercial Construction - New England 8. P.LANSTUDIO Best Contemporary Architecture Practice - London 10. Urbanest Student Accommodation Best Student Accommodation Development Business - UK

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Best Infant Prosthetics Developer - UK

Ambionics Ltd Ambionics Ltd is an innovative firm that utilises 3D printing technology to create bionic limbs for children without forearms. We profile the firm to find out more about the vital work it undertakes.


tilising Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect scanners, Ambionics creates fully customised limbs which are tailored to the user from a 3D scan of their arm.

For ease, parents are able to perform the scan at home whilst their children are asleep. Once this is done, they simply send the file over to the team at Ambionics, who clean up the scan data then design and supply test sockets, which are later followed by the full arm system. The designs are created at low cost but high quality, and using innovative technology they can be made to feel the same as a real limb. By placing water-filled rubber sacks (actuators) at pressure points on the body (e.g. under the arm, inside the socket or even within a shoe), pressure can be generated by the user which then operates the grabbing system in the same way that spiders move their legs. This unique approach reduces the cost and improves the lives of children, and could be used worldwide to support children.

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Looking ahead, thanks to support from its sponsor RS Components, and with design input from Autodesk, Ambionics are carrying out a beta trial and giving away twenty arms to children in Africa, Australia, South America, Canada and across Europe. The firm’s inexpensive but life changing technology could help very young children learn to use prosthetics and live more engaging lives right from the very start, and as such Ambionics will be seeking to expand and grow so that they can provide it to even more children. With obvious benefits to the children, this is also helping Ambionics to refine its service, develop prototypes and beta test the systems and processes needed to roll out on a large scale in 2018-19. Ambionics will be based at the new science park (M-SParc) on the North Wales coast when it opens early next year, and these developments offer the firm the chance to grow and offer this unique service to a vast array of children internationally.



Company: Ambionics Ltd Contact: Ben Ryan Contact Email: Address: The Cambria, Cambria Road, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5HF, UK Website:

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Best Emerging Design / Build Firm & Engineering Excellence Award in Commercial Construction – New England

Kenco Development, LLC Kenco Development LLC is a Commercial General Contractor and Project Management Company serving the Greater Boston area. Shane Perrault gives us an overview of the company, explaining the reasons behind its soaring success.

pecialising in new commercial construction, renovation and remodelling work, Kenco Development boasts a wealth experience covering a variety of different industries. Staff’s experience ranges from restaurants to hospitals, offices to retail. Shane tells us a little bit about the clients that the firm works with.


“Working across a broad range of sectors, we must adapt to our various clients’ needs, with our clients consisting of private owners seeking a reliable General Contractor to assist with construction due to business growth.” Possessing a wealth of knowledge, Shane is keen to explain the services that the firm offers and what clients can expect from working with Kenco Development. He talks about teamwork, budgets, and most importantly, how they make it easier for clients. Shane’s comments highlight how important it is to staff that they provide the best service.

“When it comes to Engineering, we are a General Contractor and physically construct the proposed design of an architect or engineer. The team work directly with engineers to create new buildings that meet both the owners budget and schedule, as well as providing Design/Build services that consist of Architectural and Engineering services. “As a General Contractor, the team bundle everything together to make it as easy as possible for our clients as they take the next big step toward their company growth. We are a full service General Contractor providing services from engineering to permitting, and full construction to building maintenance.” Touching on the experience of the firm and its staff, Shane states that it is this experience which has laid the foundations for the success of the company, as it looks to cement itself as a leader within the industry. Embracing feedback and ensuring that it is taken on board in order to improve its services is a key aspect of the firm’s success.

“Essentially, our previous experience is the foundation of our growth. We continue to satisfy clients in which results in referrals and essentially further growth. We solely rely our client testimonials and feedback to further meet the needs of future clients.” Taking us behind the scenes, Shane refers to Kenco Development’s latest project, and what it entailed, along with which aspects excited him and his team. Working on this particular project was a particular successful and satisfying project to complete, and Shane goes on to explain the

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process which the firm undertakes when approaching a new project or new client.

“Exciting for the firm, our latest project was a ground up, 80,000 SF psychiatric hospital in Devens, MA. This was one of the most difficult project we have faced, due the complexity and particulars of the MA Dept of Public Health. The largest challenge of this project was project schedule. We had a very tight deadline while dealing with custom/specialty items. We are very proud that we finished this project both on time and on budget. “What made it a success is perhaps the way we approach our ventures. The key areas we focus on when approaching a project are design, budget and schedule. It is very important to have a well development Design and construction plan to ensure a successful project. Creating a proposed budget and schedule is also a vital role is project approach, and the timing and economics are a very important role in a successful project.” Kenco Development are young and growing company, expanding in many different areas and it is the hard-working staff which help to set it apart from others. Being dedicated to each individual client is one sign of its success, as well as the personal approach that the firm adopts. With staff committed to a genuine client-to-contractor relationship, Kenco Development are well renowned for taking extra time to ensure that they deliver the best project. Moving forward, utilising its excellent staff and exceptional work rate, there is plenty to look forward to for the firm. Shane outlines the overall mission of the firm and what we can come to expect from Kenco Development.

“Looking ahead, Kenco’s overall mission is to help construct America and the future. We want to assist in helping businesses continue to grow, whilst striving to meet the needs of our clients to assist with their grown and development. “Ultimately, the future of our Firm is to continue to grow. We strive to be a diverse group of individuals, on-top of the industry’s latest construction standards and technology. We are constantly looking for better, more economical ways to build to better help future. Construction and Engineering growth is on a rise is the Boston Area. Our intentions are to keep working diligently to continuously satisfy our customers.”



Company: Kenco Development LLC Contact: Shane Perrault Contact Email: Address: 599 North Ave, Suite 6-2D, Wakefield, MA 01880 Phone: 781-587-3497 Website:

Commercial General Contractors and Project Management Company serving the Greater Boston area.

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Best Contemporary Architecture Practice - London

P.LANSTUDIO P.LANSTUDIO is a London based, RIBA Chartered architecture practice specialising in architectural design and associated services from inception to completion. Director Peter Lancaric shares a fascinating insight into the firm and the innovative projects it undertakes.


rawing on its wealth of experience in the architecture market, P.LANSTUDIO offers clients a full service and works closely with them to ensure that the outcome meets their individual needs, as Peter highlights.

“At P.LANSTUDIO our work is our passion. We are a highly inspired architecture studio focussing on residential projects, such as refurbishments, extensions and new builds, across a range of scales and budgets. Our services span from initial concept design studies, through planning to detailed technical design for construction. We also offer project management and site inspection services during the construction phase to ensure that the original vision transpires into a high-quality end result and is delivered on budget. “As part of the design process, we love to explore and test ideas to arrive at the best possible solution which combines practicality with aesthetic quality. We strive to deliver cohesive, innovative, yet timeless designs that respond well and sensitively to the context and exceed our clients’ expectations. Through thoughtful design coordination and well-considered detailing, we make our projects stand the test of time and age gracefully.” Apart from design excellence, it is the firm’s exceptional level of client service that sets it apart from other architecture firms, which is key in such a competitive market. Peter explores how P.LANSTUDIO works alongside clients to create a project that they will truly adore.

“Central to our success is the fact that our ethos lies in open communication, responsiveness, adaptability and always being prepared to go the extra mile. We take pride in our work and we maximise our efforts to deliver exceptional projects. “The excellence of our service can be attributed to our personable yet thorough and diligent approach, which sets us apart from the competition. Engaging and communicating well with all stakeholders enables us to deliver exciting bespoke designs, and allows clients to feel supported throughout the process. “Thanks to this approach, our clients experience a very personable and highly professional service throughout the projects. Our clientele includes homeowners, developers and construction companies. We enjoy working with homeowners, transforming their homes and making their dreams become a reality. We have the ability to unlock difficult sites and maximise their development potential for developers and investors. Construction companies invite us to provide technical design expertise during the construction phase to deliver projects originally designed by others. Our value is in providing support and knowledge to prevent errors and assist with a timely delivery within budget.” Build 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards

The past 12 months have been particularly exciting for the firm, as it worked on a number of projects which Peter is eager to discuss.

“During 2017, our largest extension and refurbishment project to date reached completion on site. Located in Dulwich Village, Southwark, the project was highly aspirational in delivering a gracefully complementary addition to the existing property. Delivered for artist clients, it was key to ensure that their creativity transpired into the end result and that their vision was technically deliverable and beautiful. Neat detailing and a controlled palette of materials resulted in a cohesive feel throughout the property. The project combined workspace with living space and one of the challenges was to combine flexibility and privacy ensuring the property not only looked impressive but was also very functional. Large expanses of glass required creative technical solutions resulting in elegant and neat architectural details. In Lee Manor, Lewisham, our contemporary refurbishment and extension project secured planning consent despite the associated sensitivities of designing within a conservation area. Scheduled to reach practical completion by the end of the year, it will be one of our flagship schemes. The contemporary additions to the original property were highly commended by the local planning authority and the project has since been used by them as a successful precedent of good design within conservation areas. “Alongside this, our design for a new development of 5 family homes within a former farm in Brentwood, Essex, received planning permission in November 2017. This extremely challenging project, which replaces the existing industrial buildings with new houses within the Metropolitan Green Belt, is a result of a very close dialogue with the local planning authority’s planning officers and design officer. For the project to be a success, it had to demonstrate an exceptionally high level of design quality. Avoiding pastiche, we have delivered a contemporary scheme inspired by the architectural language of the local vernacular.” Looking to the future, Peter foresees invigorating times ahead for P.LANSTUDIO, as the firm seeks to build upon its current success and work with an even wider range of clients and collaborators.

“Going forward, we aspire to continue delivering outstanding architecture, expand our network of construction companies and suppliers working with us to facilitate the delivery of our ever-increasing project portfolio. All of these aims will provide us with many exciting opportunities, which we are looking forward to taking advantage of.”



Company: P.LANSTUDIO Contact: Peter Lancaric Contact Email: Web Address:

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Best Student Accommodation Development Business - UK

Urbanest Student Accommodation Urbanest provides a range of premium student accommodation based throughout Central London, it is one of the finest student accommodation developer/operators in London. We profile the firm to learn more and explore the secrets behind its success.

stablished in 2008, Urbanest is a leading contemporary student accommodation provider, focused on delivering the highest quality accommodation and sector-leading service to students, working closely with several major Universities in London.


As the firm continues to gow, Urbanest now offers accommodation in a wide range of locations, with support teams on hand 24/7 to help ensure that students have the best living experience in London. Different to any normal London student accommodation provider, the Urbanest buildings are safe and secure, with great social areas guaranteeing students are able to make the most of their experiences, being the social pariah’s that they are. Important in education, there are also flexible work places, giving individuals the chance to catch up on their work without leaving their accommodation. Alongside a wide range of facilities which students would enjoy, the choice of rooms at Urbanest is unrivalled. Arriving at University can be incredibly daunting, and so many students might choose to live with their friends, something the organisation can provide. Plus, there are the additional options of a studio in Shoreditch, a duplex with view of Big Ben or a great value twin room based close to university, Staying with Urbanest provides the student living experience that suits the student.

Constantly growing as a business, Urbanest has developed its brand in order to meet the living needs of students from across the globe. Giving students a choice of where to live, the end result does not let anyone down. The rooms are bright, vibrant and built on important values, with many of them including en-suites, and the facilities which help students to settle, especially those are living far away from home. From online booking to taking a virtual tour of their new community and actual room, Urbanest makes arriving and studying in a new city easy, affordable, safe and fun, ensuring that every student who lives in one of their properties feels supported right from the very start. Ultimately, everyone is aware just how tough moving to University and living in a new area can be for students. Not everyone is able to live with their friends, and so Urbanest work exceptionally hard in order to accommodate students into their new life. The modern and contemporary feel to the rooms enables individuals to settle in and around London, and it is these luxurious aspects which has led to Urbanest Student Accommodation being named Best Student Accommodation Development Business in the UK, and they will remain the firm’s ongoing focus as it looks towards a bright and exciting future.

Premier student accomodation specialist within London

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Company: Urbanest Student Accommodation Contact: Anthony Mellalieu Contact Email: Address: 55 Strand, London, WC2N 5LR, UK Phone: 07790 591 170 Website:

Urbanest premium student accommodation is based throughout Central London in Hoxton, Tower Bridge, St Pancras, Kings Cross, Vauxhall, and Westminster

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