CW Awards 2015: Meet last year’s winners
As the extended nominations deadline for Construction Week Awards 2015 draws to a close, last year’s winners recount their experiences from the 2014 event, and reveal their plans for this year’s edition
The Construction Week Awards 2015 nominations deadline is nearing closure, following which, our esteemed panel of judges will sift through all your nominations across 15 categories.
The 11th iteration of the CW Awards will take place in Dubai's Intercontinental Festival City hotel on 9 December, 2015. The awards will recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess, and project success in the Middle East. If you haven’t nominated your work for an award already, then this is your last chance to do so. Our judges have their task cut out ahead of them – picking winners from an exceedingly successful lot of projects is not an easy job. All nominations must be submitted via www.constructionweekonline.com/awards no later than 21 October, 2015.
This section covers what our winners from Construction Week Awards 2014 have to say about their accolades. Be sure to gain some inspiration and insight from their responses, for you might well find yourselves, your peers, and your colleagues on these pages next year.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East
"We were thrilled to win the Consultant of the Year award last year," managing director in the Middle East, Tom Bower, says. “We felt it was a recognition of the hard work the entire business has put in over the preceding years and the strength of our client relationships and reputation here in the Middle East. Since then things have really moved on for us, we are now WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and able to provide a more comprehensive offering for our clients. The industry has also evolved and we are operating in a more competitive market, so we have to keep one eye on the ball at all times. Can we do it again? We would like to think we are well placed to, we have set ourselves very high targets, but we are also only just through a major integration so it could be a bit of a feat! However the fact that we’re only a year on and we are already seeing our new combined business bear fruits, in terms of delivering more for our clients and winning work we couldn’t have won before tells me we are going in the right direction. Everything we do is underpinned by our people so that our focus on quality, health & safety, sustainability and technology is really something our clients recognise us for – we believe this is the recipe to success.”
Director of environment and sustainability, Rob Carr adds: “We were extremely proud to win Sustainable Project of the Year in 2014, and have high hopes for this year – we have already won the Construction Week Qatar Sustainability Initiative of the Year award, so things are looking good. The industry is rightly putting more emphasis on the sustainability of designs, and particularly in this region, there is a lot of opportunity to make real impact through sustainability. We have embedded sustainability into the way we work both operationally and on all our projects and we hope that will be recognised in the 2015 awards.”
"This initiative is one which is dear to many at Brookfield Multiplex," Sachin Nair, corporate planning manager at the firm, says. "To be able to support the continuing education of these students and witness the positive influence this can have on families and their communities, is rewarding in itself.
"Receiving the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative of the Year from our peers and industry at last year’s Construction Week awards is something we are all very proud of," Nair continues.
"The strong growth and development of this region ensures that the industry is always evolving, and CSR is no exception. The various initiatives that you hear companies embarking on are a powerful reminder of the positive influence the industry can have on communities. There are a number of new initiatives being embarked upon around the region and within the industry. We are currently finalising a number of submissions and hope to enter at least three or four categories."
"ALEC is delighted to have won three awards – Infrastructure Project of the Year, Contractor of the Year, and Construction Executive of the Year – in 2014," Kez Taylor, CEO of ALEC, says. "This is a testament to the quality and dedication of the people that we have working in our business.
"Without everyone working together as a team and aligned to the same strategy, this would not be possible. There has been a lot more activity happening in the market since last year. This activity is great for ALEC and all construction firms; however, we have also noticed that projects are increasingly becoming fast-track and the deadlines for completion ever more tight. It causes massive challenges when parties are not all aligned to achieving the same goal, and information is missing when the project commences," Taylor continues.
"This year at the awards, we are looking forward to a great evening of industry networking. The Construction Week awards is always a great event for socialising and catching up with other industry players. We enjoy sponsoring the event and supporting the industry in acknowledging the best construction achievements.
"ALEC will be putting a few nominations in this year, both company awards and individual categories, as we have many outstanding people in our business that should be recognised for their achievements," ALEC's CEO adds.
"Over the last 12 months, we have completed some significant airport projects in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and we will be highlighting these projects through the Construction Week Awards 2015."
"The BAM group was extremely proud to win the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year award in 2014," Fergal Kelly, area safety manager at BAM International, says. "As BAM takes the health and welfare of its people very seriously, the achievement reflected the commitment of the senior management in the group.
"The initiative was also shared within the group companies as a good practice and due to the positive publicity. All BAM operating companies are using or are in the process of utilising the i-BAM software. Within BAM International, there is now a greater focus on innovation in the HSE field, and the resources are readily available to facilitate this. There is a growing focus on HSE standards within the industry. We find that clients are increasingly aware of the importance and the benefits of high safety benchmarks on projects. In addition, there is a rising emphasis at tender and prequalification stage on HSE technical submissions.
"BAM International will be entering the Health and Safety Initiative and the Corporate Social Responsibilities at Construction Week Awards 2015," Kelly adds.
"Cayan Group was thrilled to collect the Tower of the Year accolade at Construction Week Awards 2014," a company official says. "It was an additional success to our profile, and an additional recognition for Cayan Tower. We are looking forward to our Samaya projects in Riyadh and other projects abroad this year."