Industry celebrates 2010 Construction Week Awards
Innovation and sustainability shines through at this year's awards
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Outstanding efforts in sustainability, safety and innovation took centre stage at the annual Construction Week Awards, held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai last night.
In a year which has been marked by consolidation by many companies, industry leaders have been able to ride out turbulent financial times and emerge with solid plans for future development.
From health and safety initiatives to major government infrastructure projects, the annual Construction Week Awards rewarded those who have managed to not only ride out the storm, but thrive at a time when others found the going tough.
“This is great, and could not have come at a better time,” said Wail A. Farsakih, general manager of Dutco Balfour Beatty, who scooped the prestigious Contractor of the Year award.
“The company has had to undergo a restructure like everyone else based on the market, but to be able to win the health and safety award and Contractor of the Year is great. The company has been working hard, particularly in the other emirates, though it is also looking for opportunities in Qatar, Oman, Abu Dhabi Dubai,” he said.
“This award has come at a perfect time because this morning we received a confirmation letter from SCADIA for a project – so it’s been a good day! The company is going back to its core business and we’ll be looking for more projects and keep the best people into 2011.”
The Developer of the Year award this year went to Majid Al Futtaim, and Jonathan Emery, senior vice president of project management, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.
“I feel great. Obviously this is a realisation of all the work done by our team and partners, so it’s very much a team effort. We are appreciative of the industry that have supported us through what has been a difficult period for the industry, and allowed us to continue to develop ourselves. We are in new markets with projects across Egypt, Fujairah, Syria, for example, and are also onsite in Beirut – so we’re keeping busy!”
Hyder scooped the award for Civil Engineering Company of the Year, and regional managing director Wael Allan was there to accept the trophy.
“It is a great privilege to be awarded this award by Construction Week. It is a great honour for our diversified offering and expertise in the whole of the GCC.
“Obviously we are in the property sector, transport and infrastructure, utilities and environment, so it was across the whole spectrum of services. As a civil design advisory company in the region, we are on the leading edge. Things start with the design and the concept of the development, and we are proud to be making a difference in the communities we are serving in the GCC.”
Atkins picked up the trophy for this year’s Consultancy of the Year. Ben Thompson head of communications accepted the award, saying, “We are delighted to win this award. It is fantastic recognition for the company, particularly for all the work we have done over the last 12 months. Despite the challenging and very competitive marketplace we’ve remained committed to showing leadership in areas such as sustainable design, health and safety and environmental awareness.”
Arabtec chariman Riad Kamal was also this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Greg Christofides accepted the award on his behalf, and said, “He is a personality that everybody knows and loves very well. He would like to thank the judges and the organizers for the appreciation and recognition. With this award, the organisers and judges are recognising the effort that all the people of the Arabtec family put in – the secret to the company’s continued success is that it is a family, with clear values and a mission that runs from the top down.”
The full list of winners.
- Building Information Modeling Award – ALEC, for the Shangri La on Saadiyat Island
- Corporate Social Responsibility Award – Al Futtaim Carillion
- Middle East Health and Safety Initiative Award – Dutco Balfour Beatty
- Construction Sustainability Award – Abu Dhabi Ports Company
- GCC Tower of the Tower – Shining Towers by Ramboll
- Infrastructure project of the year – Abu Dhabi Ports Company, the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone
- Commerical Project of the Year – ALEC, for the Mirdif City Centre
- Developer of the Year – Majid Al Futtaim Properties
- Civil Engineering Company of the Year – Hyder Consultancy
- Contractor of the Year – Dutco Balfour Beatty
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Riad Kamal, Arabtec