CW Awards: Atkins named Consultant of the Year
Comprehensive submission and project portfolio catch eye of judges
Atkins won the award for Consultant of the Year at last night's Construction Week Awards 2013.
The award recognises consultants working across the GCC, and especially looks for those firms that have become well known for their commitment to high quality design and/or engineering and, in particular, those that have incorporated sustainable techniques and environmentally-friendly methods into their working practices.
The judges believed Atkins has been able to demonstrate industry leadership across a wide range of client services and were impressed by its comprehensive submission and wide portfolio of projects.
They also noted that it had successfully achieved a significant increase in resource levels, along with associated training and development, demonstrating its commitment to constantly stretching its capabilities by investing in people and systems.
Simon Moon, chief executive officer (CEO), Atkins, Middle East, told CW: "I think we’re always just quietly confident that we’re doing the right stuff for our clients. This sort of award is great. There was some good competition out there, some good guys who could also have won."
He added: "It’s probably a recognition of two things. The clients we’ve got who have great vision, so we get to work on the best projects, and the talent of our people. All we are, are our people. Our assets walk out of the room every night. It’s great for them to feel they are involved in delivering the best projects we’ve got in the region."
Peter Hedland, director at Trimble, a category sponsor of the event, made the award presentation.
Parsons was highly commended in the category, with the judges noting that it excelled in all areas of the evaluation and therefore beat out some outstanding competition.
Tarek Mahmoud El-Atawi, vice president of Parsons' MENA Road and Highway Division, said: "It's a good achievement. We were looking to win the Consultant of the Year award but, at the same time, the highly commended trophy is good appreciation for the entire company and for the employees working for us."
DeSimone, Hoehler+Partner and KEO International Consultants made the final shortlist in the category.
The Construction Week Awards are an annual series of events that recognise and reward the best the GCC construction industry has to offer. This year's event was supported by presenting sponsor DU, and platinum sponsors SAP and FAMCO.
The next edition takes place in March, in Oman, and is open for entries now.