Winners of the MEP Awards 2012 revealedby Cathal McElroy on Nov 28, 2012
The winners of the 2012 MEP Middle East Awards were feted at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Dubai on Wednesday night.
Sponsors Leminar, Viessmann, TransGulf, Faisal Jassim Trading and Ruskin Titus Gulf joined a star-studded cast of judges from across the GCC MEP industry to applaud the achievements of this year’s finalists and celebrate the winners from each of the 12 categories.
Over 200 industry figures packed the Westin’s banqueting room to hear the results of this year’s awards honouring contractors, consultants, individuals, projects and suppliers.
The big winner on the night was consultancy firm Atkins which walked away with three awards including Consultancy of the Year, Project Manager of the Year (Lee Hall) and a shared win for Overall GCC Project of the Year with Voltas for Yas Waterworld.
Judges praised Atkins for its ‘involvement in the region’s most significant projects’, but also for its ‘exceptional works record and remarkable experience in the Gulf and worldwide.’
Abu Dhabi-based Voltas also had a good night as it won MEP Contractor of the Year for the third year in succession, adding it to its joint award with Atkins for Overall GCC Project of the Year.
The panel said Voltas had had a ‘hugely successful year working on iconic projects,’ while other judges commented on its ‘establishment of a strong credible business in Qatar since the downturn in the UAE.’
Buro Happold was the big individual award winner of the night, bagging both the Engineer of the Year (Dr. Robert Cooke) and Young Engineer of the Year (Agnieszka Szymczyk) awards, proving itself as a home of engineering excellence both currently and prospectively.
Specialist MEP Contractor of the Year went to Drake and Scull for its work on complex tall and supertall tower projects, while Specialist MEP Consultancy of the Year was won by RED Engineering which the judges described as as an ‘excellent hospitality consultant’ and a ‘hugely impressive firm with an equally impressive track record.’
Sustainable GCC Project of the Year was awarded to Ramboll for their work on ‘The Change Initiative’ which the judges commended for its ‘fresh approach to sustainability’ and its ‘creative electrical savings through innovation.’
Innovation of the Year went to TROX for their AIRNAMIC Swirl Diffuser, the judges deciding that its ability to meet ‘the demanding mechanical requirements of the GCC’ was worthy of recognition and a ‘welcome addition for designers, installers and commissioning engineers alike’.
Meanwhile, Leminar walked home with the Supplier of the Year award due to it ‘prompt delivery and efficient customer services, and a product range that matches its customers demands as closely as possible,’ the judges said.
Finally, Drake and Scull grabbed the Health and Safety Initiative award for their successful work in the field over the last year.
The full list of winners:
Innovation of the Year
Health and Safety Initiative of the Year
Drake and Scull
Sustainable GCC Project of the Year
‘The Change Initiative’, Ramboll
Supplier of the Year
Young Engineer of the Year
Agnieszska Szymczyk, Buro Happold
GCC Engineer of the Year
Dr. Robert Cooke, Buro Happold
Project Manager of the Year
Lee Hall, Atkins
MEP Consultancy of the Year
Specialist MEP Consultancy of the Year
Specialist MEP Contractor of the Year
Drake and Scull
Overall GCC Project of the Year
Yas Waterworld, Atkins and Voltas
MEP Contractor of the Year