ACE Awards

The 2020 ACE Awards celebrate the excellent work consultants do to create vibrant and sustainable outcomes for New Zealand communities. Last year’s winners set new benchmarks for consulting. See the 2019 award winners

Project categories  

The awards are broken down into three main categories:  

General   

Traditional client and consultant relationship. You will have been directly engaged by the client to deliver a solution or service. This category also includes sub-consultants engaged in delivering a specific aspect of the consulting. 

Collaborative Working Agreement 

A contractual agreement between consulting companies to enter a business arrangement which is designed to deliver services or solutions which add value for both parties in the relationship, for a specific project or term contract. 

Alliance 

Large capital projects. Projects have a formal alliance contract which defines relationships, management structure, cost and pain share/gain share. 

There are an additional four sub-categories which may apply to your entry:  

Overseas Project

Where the work is outside of New Zealand but managed by a New Zealand-based office of the ACE New Zealand member. 

Small Project 

A project in any discipline for which total fees paid are less than $50,000 or has a Capital Value of $250,000 (whichever is the larger). 

Small Firm 

Any type or size of project undertaken principally by a firm with a total FTE of 15 or fewer people. 

First Time Entrant 

This category is open to any ACE New Zealand Ordinary Member firm which has never submitted a project in the ACE Awards. 

Find out more about the award categories

Key dates for 2020

Frequently Asked Questions 

How many awards can my company apply for? 

Each ACE New Zealand Ordinary Member firm can enter with a limit of:  

1 – 150 staff 

up to 4 projects 

151 – 500 staff 

up to 6 projects 

500+ staff

up to 8 projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the prerequisites for applying for the awards? 

  • Only ACE New Zealand Ordinary Members can enter 
  • Collaborative Working Agreement (CWA) and Alliances may enter, subject to additional criteria being met
  • Your project must be completed within three years of the closing date for submissions 
  • Your project must be fully completed and have proven its operation 
  • Your client or asset owner must consent to the project being entered  

How do I apply?

Express your interest in submitting your project by completing the Expressions of Interest form

We’ll then contact you directly to confirm whether you can proceed to make an official submission to the awards

The submission is the key piece of information used by the judges. It must be received by ACE New Zealand by 5pm Tuesday 17 March 2020.  

Can I send additional information with my entry?  

Yes, there are several documents you’ll need to provide with your entry including:  

  • Executive summary 
  • Summary of the working relationships within the project  
  • Submission report with technical information (no more than 15 pages) 
  • Photos, sketches, diagrams (drawings), or supplementary reports which clarify or support any claims made in the description of the project, may be appended in your submission
  • Client permission to enter the project 

Find out how to submit an entry

How is my submission judged? 

The ACE Awards judging process is rigorous. Each submission is reviewed by up to five judges who are experts in their field. They complete in-person interviews with the client and lead contractor as well as site visit, where applicable

A wider judging panel of up to 30 experts then reviews all information gathered throughout the initial judging process to decide Gold, Silver and Merit winners.  

Gold acknowledges a superior project with outstanding outcomes which sets a new industry standard. It also recognises exceptional consultancy service which goes above and beyond expectations.

Silver acknowledges projects which clearly demonstrate great achievement and service to the client or for smart or innovative technology or project solutions.  

Merit for projects which demonstrate a standard above that which normally could be expected from a project in either innovation or consulting delivery. 

Submissions are assessed on the following criteria: 

  • Consulting experience
  • Depth and extent of technical expertise
  • Creation of sustainable value
  • Client satisfaction

The judging process is rigorous and confidential to staff and judging panel. Processes are in place to prevent conflicts of interest and moderation is robust and diverse across the entire judges panel of up to 30 experts. Feedback (even for improvement) and comment on individual entries will not be provided. All outcomes of the awards are moderated and agreed to by the entire panel, approved by the Convenor, and are final.

How much does it cost to enter?  

Entry fee is $1,200.00 + GST per submission except for Small Firms or First Time Entrants which is $800 + GST. 

Who do I contact if I have any questions?  

Any questions regarding the awards submission process, contact ACE New Zealand General Manager, Holly Morchat Stanko hmorchat@acenz.org.nz