MEP Awards 2015: ALEMCO wins Retrofit Project
ALEMCO collected the Retrofit Project of the Year award for its work on Dubai Airport
ALEMCO walked away with the Retrofit Project of the Year award for its work on Dubai Airport.
The contractor was presented with its prize at the 2015 MEP Middle East Awards held on Wednesday 18 November at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai.
ALEMCO said that as Terminal 1 forms part of the overall Dubai Airport complex, it is extremely important to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that the T1 is upgraded to the same standards and quality as that of the recently built Terminal 3.
The project was praised for meeting its targets despite the complexity of the systems involved and the tight security and safety required to work on a fully-functioning site.
In order to ensure effective engineering and minimise disturbance, a strict protocol for engineering and coordinating services was established.
The protocol was embedded to all the project team and the purpose was to ensure that replacing existing MEP services with new services and equipment, was a smooth transition which involved minimal disruption to the public and airport stakeholders.
Steve Grisdale, senior contracts manager, said: “It was a challenging project to refurb the whole of Terminal 1 of an existing and live airport. And tying into existing electrical systems.
“There were, of course, access issues, problems with logistics and getting stuff on to the site, as there were no stores allowed. And restricted hours due to noise control requirements.
“Plus the airport is 15-20 years old and there were no drawings, so we didn’t really know what we were dealing with until we opened the ceilings – that was tough.”
An independent panel of judges six judges (with MEP Middle East having the deciding vote in the case of a tie) made up of industry professionals from across the GCC and throughout the construction sector came up with the final decision in each of the 15 categories.
This year’s the event was supported by Platinum Sponsor Trimble, Gold Sponsors Famco, ALEMCO, Arcadis, SSH, and Elemecs; Silver Sponsors Betec CAD, Leminar and Rheem Manufacturing; Category Sponsors Trox, Energi People, IMI Hydronic Engineering, Faisal Jassam Trading, Beeby Anderson Recruitment (B-A-R); Entertainment Sponsor Black & White Engineering; and Social Media Sponsor Godwin Austen Johnson.