Who has the best reputation for EIA/SEA?
When it comes to impact assessments there is one clear winner this year - Atkins.
The consultancy won this category by a nose last year but appears to have consolidated its position since then.
As can be seen from the graphs below, ERM also enjoys a huge amount of respect from other consultants but does not seem to enjoy the same level of reputation among would-be customers.
RPS, Entec, Babtie and Enviros also perform strongly in the sector, all having earned a solid reputation among their peers and clients.
In terms of growth potential and perceived need, impact assessments retain a comfortable spot, hovering in the middle of the table with both consultants and those looking for their services recognising that new assessments will always be needed as they are a legal requirement for any large development.
Over recent years EIAs have become firmly entrenched as a mainstream part of the planning process and even when they may not be a statutory requirement have a proven track record of helping to appease public concern or opposition to a development and reassuring planners.