Our consultancy is award-winning. However, all our projects rely on collaboration and partnership, so a huge thank you must go to our clients and partners, who are instrumental in our collective achievements.

In 2022, we embarked on an audacious adventure alongside our partners Innovate UK, Forterra PLC, PCE Limited, Curtins, Accelar Limited, and the Ministry of Justice, and over 30 brilliant minds from the UK’s design, engineering, and precast manufacturing realms. Working together to slash carbon emissions at each stage in the construction process, our collaborative team achieved a net reduction of 40% in embodied carbon emissions. Our efforts were celebrated by the Construction News Awards, where we were recognised as Carbon Reduction Champion. The judges said:

 This entry won because of its collaborative nature, its pragmatic approach, and its single minded approach to carbon reduction at scale. This approach should be adopted more widely by the industry. 

We were also immensely proud last year to have been awarded the SME of the Year at the Constructing Excellence East Midlands Awards. This accolade exemplifies our dedication to excellence in every aspect of our work and is a testament to the exceptional projects we have had the privilege to support over the past year. 

Join us as we continue to make waves, driven by the spirit of collaboration, innovation, and, of course, Jamie’s balloon dog…

See more of the awards we have won or been shortlisted for below

Jamie Hillier


With a penchant for tweed and jackets with leather arm patches, Jamie began his career as a quantity surveyor, before climbing the ladder to lead major projects for a Tier 1 contractor.

Eventually expanding his book collection beyond copies of SMM7, Jamie has interest in a broad range of subjects linked to delivering better outcomes for society and the environment.

His strategic insights on MMC and behavioural science have made their way into numerous government, industry and academic publications, including the Construction Playbook, Transforming Infrastructure Performance Roadmap to 2030, the Platform Rulebook and the RIBA DfMA Overlay.

John Handscomb


Construction is in John’s blood. Learning from his father who was a planner and project manager, John began his career by working on some iconic projects in both the public and private sector.

As a procurement expert and integrator of new ways of working, John has pioneered the integration of platform principles, DfMA processes and supply chain within over £5bn projects in the last 15 years, for some of the largest building programmes in the UK. Despite his considerable expertise, John keeps it simple, communicating complicated ideas with ease and helping to equip the industry with new knowledge and skills.

Outside of Akerlof, John enjoys his executive role with technology start-up ScanTech Digital, spending time with his family, taking trips down the football, playing a bit of golf with friends and the odd pint. 

Our name is shared with George Akerlof, a Nobel Prize-winning economist.

His seminal paper, Market for Lemons, demonstrated the devastating consequences of making decisions under the conditions of quality uncertainty and unequal information between buyers and sellers, increasing the chance of buyers ending up with a ‘lemon’.

This 50-year-old concept continues to retain parallels within the construction industry.

Through our insight and experience, we can rebalance this information asymmetry on behalf of our clients, levelling the playing field to deliver better outcomes.