CW Awards: Zayed Street Tunnel wins Infr award

Judges describe project as 'outstanding feat of engineering'

Hazem Sharaf-Eldin, vice president - UAE area manager, Road & Highway Division for Parsons receives the award from Ahmed Syed, Industry Head for Engin
Hazem Sharaf-Eldin, vice president - UAE area manager, Road & Highway Division for Parsons receives the award from Ahmed Syed, Industry Head for Engin

Abu Dhabi's Zayed Street Tunnel Project won Infrastructure Project of the Year at last night's Construction Week Awards.

One judge described the project, entered by Parsons and Abu Dhabi Municipality, as addressing the vital need to provide excellent access to the region's growing cities, in order to ensure these cities' future success.

"Seeing the amount of planning, design, strategy and research that went into this project speaks volumes of the team’s expertise and excellence," he said.

Another described it simply as an outstanding feat of engineering.

Hazem Sharaf-Eldin, vice president - UAE area manager, Road & Highway Division for Parsons, told CW: "We are very happy, it is one of the projects that we began in 2008, and it has just been completed." 

Dutco Balfour Beatty's Downtown Dubai and the Pedestrian Bridge Project earned a highly-commended for the way it responded to a schedule that kept getting tighter.

Wail A Farsakh, general manager of Dutco Balfour Beatty, said: "It's mixed feelings. On the one hand, we're very happy that we've been acknowledged for the hard work. On the other hand, slightly disappointed that we did not win it – we need to try harder.

"Obviously, we're very pleased to lose to a company like Parsons, which is a full design office. The project itself was a mega task because we were contracted to finish it in 16 months, then the client wanted to accelerate to within a year – and it was a design and build."

Ahmed Syed, Industry Head for Engineering, Construction and Operations SAP MENA, a platinum sponsor of the event, made the award presentation.

Qatar substations from Arabian MEP Contracting, an upgrade of Jahloot Grid station by Larsen & Toubro and the Majlis Oman Project from Carillion Alawi, also 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.

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