CW Awards: QOC wins Sustainability Initiative gong
Green Building Rating system's 'significant' contribution to industry
The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), which partnered with Estad Project Management and the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) to establish the ‘GSAS Design - Sports rating system’, won the Sustainability Initiative of the Year at last night's Construction Week Awards.
One judge described it as a most comprehensive Green Building Rating system for sports facilities and praised its significant contribution to the GCC Construction industry.
Accepting the award on behalf of QOC, Sheikh Soud Al-Thani from Estad Project Management said: "This achievement came from a cooperation between Estad, Qatar Olympic Committee and GORD. Qatar Olympic Committee tried to combine two things: the Qatar National Vision, which is based on sustainability, and the position of Qatar for hosting FIFA 2022 World Cup.
"They created a measurement system to rate sports facilities - this did not exist in other sustainability systems and it is the first time it has happened. It is something different. The award means a lot to us because it will help spread the message," he added.
Highly commended was the 2020 Sustainability Vision from Carillion Alawi, which was selected by the judges for its progress toward achieving desired outcomes.
Stuart Mee, head of sustainability at Carillion MENA, said: “It’s a great achievement to get this award. We build sustainability into the approach when it comes to all our projects. We also aim to deliver all of our projects in a way which benefits the community we are engaging with."
Tom Bower, managing director of WSP, the associate sponsor of the event, made the award presentation.
Msheireb by Msheireb Properties, iMCC Green from iMCC Green of iMCC Group, the Marmul Polymer Flooding Project from Bahwan Engineering Company and the Qatar Case Study Passivhaus Project from AECOM also made the finalist 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.