We find the right way is the better way, so we engage and respect our staff, recognise sustainable operating principles, and deploy good governance.

The world’s landscapes and skylines would be very different if private and public sector organisations alike did not adopt and apply key corporate and social responsibilities to employees, partners, clients, good governance and the environment.

McBains has built its professional property and construction consultancy on foundations of Corporate Social Responsibility. While we believe business should be fun – tough that it can be – and we encourage a healthy and realistic work-life balance amongst our team and our partners, we recognise the importance of accountability. We are ISO 9001 and 14001 certified and have a stringent set of sustainable operating principles on which we are externally audited.


We are ISO 9001 certified and have a stringent set of sustainable operating principles on which we are externally audited.


We are 14001 certified and have a stringent set of sustainable operating principles on which we are externally audited.

Cyber Essentials Plus

We design highly-visible secure buildings around the world. Our cyber security may be invisible, but it's proven effective.

McBains has been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification, covering all company servers, PCs, laptops and company mobile devices.

Cyber Essentials helps prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks. The increasing frequency of cyber security breaches demonstrates the importance of protecting an organisation against cyber threats. Even a simple virus or piece of malware could result in loss of company and client data, disrupt cashflow and take up staff time.

We achieved accreditation in under a week, with the GAP analysis showing no shortcomings, proving that our systems and processes were already very secure - a confirmation of our established approach.

Cyber Essentials is a government-endorsed standard and although it is a mandatory requirement for suppliers of Government contracts, including CCS, it also provides reassurance to private sector clients too.

Cyber Essentials Plus certification requires an organisation to complete a self-assessment questionnaire, with responses independently reviewed by an external certifying body, together with tests of the systems carried out by an external certifying body, using a range of tools and techniques including a penetration test from both outside and inside the firm’s firewall.

You can't see all the things we do to operate in the better way.

BIM Level 2

A fraction of one per-cent of firms in our industry have BIM Level 2. We're one of that elite group.

Very few professional property or construction firms have achieved BIM (Building Information Modelling) Level 2 certification from BRE Global. In the UK it is currently considerably fewer than 1%.

We are a member of that genuinely exclusive club. Observers call this a remarkable achievement, not least as a reflection of our operational standards and capabilities - but also in terms of its relevance as a benchmark in our industry.

Other firms in this elite of Level 2 certification may have a design focus with architectural, engineering and master planning divisions, but they don’t specialise in project management.

Having project managers and surveyors in-house gives us the advantage of supplying a more collaborative way of working with clients and contractors.

McBains was an early adopter of the BIM process and has been aligning to PAS 1192-2:2013 standards and PAS 91 construction Pre-Qualification questionnaire, along with the ability to meet the UK Level 2 BIM requirements for employers and clients.

The scheme has been designed to enable BIM certificated businesses to demonstrate compliance and avoid having to provide evidence of competence each time they tender for large-scale public projects.

Unquestionably the better way.


McBains has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

For further information, please visit http://www.safecontractor.com/

Memberships and Associations

  • Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) 00055854
  • Association for Project Safety (APS) M0000816
  • British Safety Council 138257
  • Building Services & Research Information Association (BSRIA)CE1250
  • Constructionline 9761
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 490335
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents M41201030

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