Construction Week Qatar Awards 2015
Construction Week Qatar’s prime industry Awards celebration took place on 9 September at the Grand Hyatt, in Doha
Attended by about 300 guests and winners, the celebrations were the culmination of 12 month’s of work by the individuals and companies within Qatar that are driving the construction frenzy being witnessed in the country.
The evening was abuz z with excitement and the introduction of Selfie Sticks was a huge success, enjoyed by traditional ‘suits’ and more relaxed attendees. While there can ultimately be only one winner in each category, acknowledgment must be made to all the nominations which, in the words of the judging panel “were exceptional this year!”
Once again, congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to seeing what the next year brings by way of entries.
Contractor of the Year Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf
In possibly one of the most hotly contested categories at the awards, viz Contractor of the Year, Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf was extensively praised by the judges for: “Promoting fast track delivery” and “exhibiting professionalism on every project”.
A stunned Renier Breitenbach, general manager at Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf remarked on the company’s third win of the night: “I am ecstatic, I am beside myself!”
He believes it’s teamwork that is the key to success and stressed that no honour can go to one individual for this specific award: “It’s a great honour to part of this event, it means a lot to all of us on the team”.
The company was applauded for “showing commitment to HSE initiatives for not only its staff, but across all of its job sites... introducing specialist teams across a variety of disciplines to ensure the best outcome for the client”.
• Arabian MEP Contracting
• Carillion FM Services Qatar
• UrbaCon Trading & Contracting (UCC)
Consultant of the Year Faithful+Gould
Nominees in this category were required to demonstrate how the consultancy had enhanced projects, as well as how it contributed to its clients’ success. In this fiercely competitive section, praise for F+G included applause for supporting the country’s achievements in line with the national vision, and “displaying commitment to improving quality of life for construction workers in Qatar, while delivering a major programme for new labour accommodation to new MMUP standards”.
Campbell Gray, MD, Middle East, Faithful & Gould was effusive when receiving the award: “It’s brilliant, and it’s all down to these guys. We’ve worked hard and it’s been a transformational year. We’re a fresh and young team, and we’ve taken a different approach – to be more innovative for a better tomorrow.”
• Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB)
• Carillion FM Services Qatar
• Arcadis • Atkins
• Quantum Global Solutions
• Rider Levett Bucknall
• WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Sub-Contractor of the Year Arabian MEP Contracting
To win the award for Sub-contractor of the Year, the company must demonstrate the best record of progress and delivery for it clients.
Arabian MEP Contracting was praised for “Providing internships, experience and training to graduates” and also “for clearly understanding that the key to any project’s success is based on maintaining strong relationships between the contractor and the client, earning them the justified respect they enjoy within the industry”.
Vasanth Kumar, Arabian MEP Contracting CEO grinned broudly while saying: “This is absolutely brilliant! The guys with whom we were shortlisted are all top of their game, so for us to win is fantastic as it shows recognition for us as subcontractors in the industry!”
• Action International Services
• Innovations Unlimited ME
Architecture Firm of the Year Arab Engineering Bureau
The award for Architecture Firm of the Year was won for the second year in a row, by AEB. The judges felt that the firm demonstrated commitment to dynamic, yet feasible architecture that harmonises with its surroundings, and that AEB continually shows its understanding of the criteria.
High praise was given for having “excellent compliance with GSAS, and global exposure” as well as “contributing significantly to Qatar’s development”. Note was also made of its sensitivity to retaining traditional elements and influences within its designs, yet not skimping on quality or a modern feel.
Ahmed Elwy Ali Marie, director, pre-contract services, AEB was excited and honoured to win the award, for the second consecutive year: “I’m really proud to have won – very excited. We worked very hard over the past year to be in this position. We feel we have really achieved something – there’s a real buzz about the business – and this will be a big deal for all 700 members of staff,” he said.
• Tangram Gulf Engineering Consultants
Project Manager of the Year Simon Elleray: Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf
Simon Elleray from Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf was praised for “his ability to evoke trust from his peers and colleagues while clearly communicating his objectives in a leadership role”.
On winning his award he was stunned and delighted simultaneously: “I am surprised, honoured and humbled as well as being very nervous! I didn’t expect to win and I don’t enter this type of thing for self-gratification… I think I was nominated because I make a difference on how I go about delivering projects,” he added modestly.
The judging criteria included displaying organisational ability and an overall contribution to the success of projects.
• George Wilson, KEO-PMCM International
• Manos Kappas - Innovations Unlimited ME
• S. Arumugama Rajesh - Arabian MEP Contracting
Engineer of the Year Shaukat Ali: KEO-Design
Shaukat Ali has been nominated twice before, earning high praise – but never winning the title.
This year Ali was recognised for characteristics that included being: “innovative, improving green compliance, [he is] involved in knowledge training and having a collaborative approach with graduates” while another judge commented: “He is an outstandingly talented structural engineer”.
But in his own words Shaukat Ali said: “Often the contribution we make goes unnoticed. I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in a challenging mega-project that has given me the chance to excel – and the exposure I have received as a result is tremendous! I’ve also enjoyed being a consultant to Qatar University students, mentoring final year civil engineering students.
“I feel very satisfied being able to transfer my experience to the next generation.”
• Anthony Nemeth - Atkins
• Ben Haddock - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
• Maria Andritsou - CH2M
Construction Executive of the Year David Kelly: Quantum Global Solutions
David Kelly, executive director Quantum Global Solutions (QGS), comes with a raft of credentials that has seen him win this year’s coveted title: Construction Executive of the Year 2015.
Absolutely taken aback, and rendered speechless initially, Kelly recovered his composure and immediately attributed his success to a team effort: “These things don’t come alone, there is always a team behind it” he said modestly on the night of the awards and added “I’m going to turn up at the office tomorrow and just carry on, as it’s the passion that keeps me motivated.”
Justifiably, the judging panel called him “an ambassador of the industry.”
• M. Vasanth Kumar
• Arabian MEP Contracting
• Padraig Nagle - Action International Services
Hospitality Project of the Year Banana Island Resort: UrbaCon Trading & Contracting
This year’s winning project in the hospitality category was hailed for “standing out from the rest due to its uniqueness to Qatar” while other judges praised the logistics issues regarding materials and the workforce, saying: “the project took the right approach with challenging conditions”.
Mowafaq Kharbat, senior projects director, Urbacon was a little overwhelmed: “This is a great surprise. I’m really proud to have built the project, all the way from design to hand-over. It’s been two and a half years and a real career highlight to translate the vision into reality and to see how you can build a small city in the middle of the ocean from scratch,” he said.
The judges looked for use of best business practices and creative use of technologies and techniques that contributed to the overall success of the project.
• Kempinski Marsa Malaz
• Arab Engineering Bureau
• The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa - KEO International Consultants
• DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha Old Town - Al Khayyat Contracting & Trading
Commercial Project of the Year CRCF: Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf
The Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CRCF) stood out for the judging panel “as it is unique to Qatar… With its wide range of functions … it is a totally integrated user friendly one stop shop for all who use this service, with state-of-the-art techniques and technology used contributed to the success of the project”.
Renier Breitenbach, general manager at Brookfield Multiplex was thrilled with the win, saying: “I feel very privileged to have won this award as there was a lot of hard work involved in this project that could not have been achieved without the effort from the great team working on the project.”
• Gateway Towers - Arabian MEP
Sustainable Project of the Year Bionest: Gulf Contracting Company
This award went to the project that demonstrated the most significant contribution to sustainable development over the last 12 months.
GCC was hailed by the judging panel which commented: “Excellent results achieved by this innovative concept of containerised standalone treatment approach.
“The results are outstanding for the client in regards to environment and sustainability.”
Upon receiving the award, Tim Ryan, divisional manager, technical services, Gulf Contracting Co (GCC) said: “This is really excellent recognition for all the hard work that GCC has put in over the past five years.”
• The Phase 1B Msheireb Downtown Doha - Carillion Qatar
• Lusail Multipurpose Hall - KEO International Consultants
• Tadmore HQ, Energy City Lusail - Innovations Unlimited ME
• Al Sadd Multipurpose Hall - Innovations Unlimited ME
Sustainability Initiative of the Year Outdoor Space Comfort Initiative: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
The winner in this category impressed the judges with comments including: “A consolidated approach to sustainability” and “This included fine details of sustainable accountability, surpassing the competition”.
In particular, the judges looked to see how the nominees made an impact not only on the Qatari construction industry, but on the wider Gulf construction sector.
According to David Williams, lead director WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff: “The sustainability guys really pushed the boat out on this project, it is really unique, not the conventional sustainability project.
“If people take on the initiatives we have done, then they will be able to exist outside during summer a lot longer than they have been able to previously,” he added enthusiastically after receiving the award.
• Polysilicon Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility - Arabian MEP Contracting
• The Qatar Economic Zones GSAS Districts - ASTAD Project Management
• SustainAbilities - Gulf Contracting.Co.W.L.L
Health and Safety Initiative of the Year Action Notice System: ALEC/GCC Construction Risk Management
The Health and Safety Initiative of the Year award focuses on HSR programmes within Qatar’s construction industry and how they contributed to the welfare of the local workforce.
Praise for the winning initiative was high, given the ongoing focus of the workforce within the construction sector. In the words of one judge: “A nicely implemented system that lifts the level of safety at all time. I would highly recommend that all projects should consider such a tool.”
Another judge commented: “This is a very good proactive approach to health and safety as it is designed to identify unsafe acts and conditions in the workplace with a view to addressing them before they occur.”
• Al Wakrah Stadium Annual Safety Fair - KEO International Consultants
• Work at Heights Safe Working Platform - Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf
• Health & Safety Roadmap - Carillion Qatar LLC
• Walk the Wonders Challenge - CH2M
CSR Initiative of the Year The Better Connections Programme: CH2M & ictQatar
According to the judges, the award for Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year went to the company that best demonstrated an active CSR programme over the last 12 months, and highlighted how it has contributed to the welfare of the wider community.
The judges said that this project was “Geared toward solving a key issue in today’s market and supersedes other initiatives” and on the night the CH2M &ictQatar team were thrilled at the win.
Communications manager at CH2M, Avnish Raichura, said “It’s a great testament to the effort that’s been made over the past year and it redoubles the resolve to keep going and doing even better.”
He said that while the uniqueness of the programme was the clincher for the win, “this project represents a brilliant partnership and great ambition, led by ictQatar”.
• Supporting Sustainable Communities – Volunteer App, Carillion Qatar
• Ramadan CSR Initiative, Hyder an Arcadis company
• ROTA English Language Programme - CH2M & The Qatar Foundation