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CW Awards: ALEC wins Infra Project of the Year

Contractor praised for its work on the expansion of Dubai International Airport

ALEC project director Sean McQue is presented with the Infrastructure of the Year award by VSL.
ALEC project director Sean McQue is presented with the Infrastructure of the Year award by VSL.

ALEC picked up the Infrastructure Project of the Year at last night's Construction Week Awards 2014 in Dubai.

The judges had a tough time choosing a winner from this highly-competitive category but in the end it was Alec that triumphed for its work on the expansion of Dubai International Airport.

Judges noted how the team’s passion and focus on quality was evident through the project and has in turn made travelling through Dubai a positive experience. One judge described Alec's entry as an "outstanding submission which displayed the extra qualities I would look for".

Project director Sean McQue said on picking up the award: "I’m very stoked, it’s a great thing. It’s been a big team on the project for a long time. It’s great to get the recognition for it."

ALEC has been working on the AED4bn ($1.08mn) project since June 2011 and is due to hand over in April 2015.

The scope of work includes a new Concourse D, reburbished Terminal 1 and a train link - APM - between the two sites. Around 12,000 workers including subcontractors are currently on site.

"We’re at the peak now. We’re flat out at the moment. All work fronts are humming at the moment," said McQue.

Al Ansari Trading Enterprise’s sewerage system for Coastal Darsait earned a highly-commended for overcoming major challenges to deliver a very successful outcome.

The rest of the shortlist included Bahwan Engineering (construction of a grid sub station for Sur Power Station), Qatar Foundation and ASTAD Project Management (eBike Sharing System), and Arabian MEP Contracting (substations and control Centres)

The Construction Week Awards are the highlight of a year-long programme that includes awards ceremonies in Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They are also a mainstay of the region’s construction calendar.

This year the event, hosted at the JW Marriot Marquis in Dubai, was supported by presenting sponsor du, platinum sponsor Famco, gold sponsor Genavco, silver sponsor Alec, category sponsors Atkins, Conares, Hyder, Kone, Projacs, Soprema, VSL and WSP, social media partner Active International, and entertainment partner S&B Fencing.

The next edition takes place in March, in Oman, and is open for entries now.

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