Construction industry feted at CW Awards in Dubai
A total of 14 prizes were handed out at last night's Construction Week Awards 2014 held at the JW Marriott Marquis
WSP and ALEC were the big winners at last night's Construction Week Awards 2014 in Dubai, with the latter crowned Contractor of the Year for the third time in a row.
The prestigious annual event saw the industry come together at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel to honour the firms and individuals that have excelled above all others this past year.
WSP and ALEC walked away with a total of seven of the 14 awards on offer on the night, with the former winning four.
Dubai-based builder ALEC retained the Contractor of the Year trophy it won in 2012 and 2013 as well as winning Construction Executive of the Year and Infrastructure Project of the Year.
Engineering firm WSP, which in September agreed to buy Parsons Brinckerhoff from Balfour Beatty, claimed Engineer of the Year, Project Manager of the Year, Consultant of the Year and Sustainable Project of the Year.
Entries for this year's awards went up against the winners from our tributary awards in Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The categories were carefully scrutinized by an independent panel of 11 judges - between them holding more than a century of experience in the Middle East construction industry.
Other winners on the night included BAM International - Healthy and Safety Initiative of the Year; Brookfield Multiplex - CSR Initiative of the Year; Qatar Foundation and ASTAD Project Management - Sustainability Initiative of the Year; Cayan Group - Tower Project of the Year; AECOM - Commercial Project of the Year; Omran - Hospitality Project of the Year; and Traffic Tech Gulf - Subcontractor of the Year.
This year's event 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.
Construction Week editor Michael Fahy said: "I would firstly like to congratulate all the winners on the night. Their success is thoroughly deserved. However, I would also like to thank everyone who entered. There were some truly amazing projects and individuals in the running and I know the judges had a very tough time drawing up a shortlist and choosing the eventual winners.
"The strength of entries this year demonstrates that despite the issues we all know are facing the GCC construction industry, it still remains a place where innovation can thrive and excellence is rewarded. I would also like to thank all of our sponsors and partners for their support and everyone who attended on the night. We hope to see you all next year."
The next edition takes place in March, in Oman, and is open for entries now.
See next week's Construction Week magazine (out 20 December) for full coverage of the event.