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CW Awards 2016: Infra Project of the Year revealed

by James Morgan on Dec 8, 2016

Find out which nomination scooped the Infrastructure Project of the Year at the <i>Construction Week</i> Awards 2016.
Find out which nomination scooped the Infrastructure Project of the Year at the Construction Week Awards 2016.

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The Makkah Water Steel Reservoir, which was nominated by Arcadis, scooped the Infrastructure Project of the Year Award at the Construction Week Awards 2016.

The project was designed to bolster the Holy City of Makkah’s water storage capacity with a view to meeting increased demand, especially during the Umrah and Hajj seasons.

CW’s panel of industry judges praised the project for its implementation of some of the largest water tanks in the Middle East.

One panellist commented on the Arcadis team’s innovative and safety-led approach to project.

Dubai Parks and Resorts’ (DPR) access from Sheikh Zayed Road, nominated by China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCEC ME), was named this year’s highly commended infrastructure project.

Amjad Alshabatat, Projects Director – Water at Arcadis said: “I’m thankful for my team in Makkah. We did a huge job, it was challenging for one of the biggest reservoir steel tanks in the world. Though we faced a lot of difficulties, with team work, good communication and clear understanding of the project at hand, we completed it successfully and in a timely manner.”

“The Saudi market is facing a slowdown, but I think the situation will get better in the next year as we are expecting a lot of projects, which are needed in the market,” he said when asked about the Saudi construction market. 

He added: “Though it is slow, we are expecting, and I am predicting, that [the market] will move forward in 2017.

Other shortlisted nominations included Larsen & Toubro (Oman)’s Grid Station at Amrat; Parsons’ Nizwa Road; Carillion Alawi’s Saraya Bandar Jissah; and Aecom’s South Shamkha Infrastructure Project.

An independent panel of seven judges, made up from industry professionals from across the GCC and throughout the construction sector, selected winners in 14 categories at the CW Awards 2016.

The event was supported by Platinum Sponsor FAMCO; Gold Sponsors ALEC, ASGC, Faithful+Gould, and Parsons; Silver Sponsors Aconex and Al Manader Road Contracting; Category Sponsors Atkins, Construction Computer Software (CCS), Kone, Multiplex, National Engineering Bureau (NEB), Projacs, Ramboll, and Soprema; Official Aluminium Extruder National Aluminium Products Company Oman (NAPCO); and Social Media Partner WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.