CW Awards 2015: Commercial Project winner awarded

UAE contractor honoured for its project at the prestigious Construction Week Awards 2015

Khansaheb was awarded for its commercial project work.
Khansaheb was awarded for its commercial project work.

Khansaheb bagged the Commercial Project of the Year award at the Construction Week Awards 2015 held on Wednesday, 9 December at InterContinental – Dubai Festival City.

The contractor was nominated for its flagship development, a two-phase expansion project for Mall of the Emirates titled “Evolution 2015”. The first phase of the project included alterations to 90 retail units to meet current and future retail needs.

The redevelopment involved an investment of $272m (AED1bn) by Majid Al Futtaim (MAF). Khansaheb secured the expansion contract due to its in-depth knowledge of the mall.

Jason Sams, divisional manager of Khansaheb's construction division, told Construction Week: "With 100,000 people going through the mall every day – and with 3,500 guys on site – it was a complex project. But the shoppers weren't really aware of what was going on, so from our perspective, it was a huge success.

"Lots of people said that we couldn't put another storey onto Mall of the Emirates and keep the building open, but this was a challenge to which Khansaheb rose. In collaboration with the client and the consultants, this feat was accomplished under difficult circumstances," he explained.

Richard Kelly, Khansaheb's senior project manager for the Mall of the Emirates, said: "Our remit from MAF, at which we all raised an eyebrow, was to be invisible during the build. That was the biggest challenge, but it was also the greatest compliment. A member of the public came up to one of our staff members and asked: 'What is it you're actually doing up there?' For us, that was mission accomplished because we'd managed to keep such a low profile."

In comments made after receiving Construction Week's Commercial Project of the Year Award, Sams added: "We feel excellent; quite proud, I think. We're also quite surprised that we won the award against such stiff competition."

This year’s highly commended commercial project of the year was Al Maryah Tower Abu Dhabi by DeSimone Consulting Engineers, and other shortlisted nominees in the category included Central Bank of Kuwait HQ by China State Construction, Gateway Abraj Quartier Towers at Pearl Qatar - Arabian MEP, One JLT - Brookfield Multiplex, The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children - U+A Architects and The Gateway to the Marina - The Wave, Muscat.

An independent panel of eight judges made up of industry professionals from across the GCC and throughout the construction sector came up with the final decision in each of the 14 categories.

Construction Week Awards 2015 was supported by Platinum Sponsors FAMCO and Arcadis, Gold Sponsors Liebherr GENAVCO, Nora, ALEC and Logical Contracting, Category Sponsors Projacs, Kone, Aecom, Atkins, Soprema and Brookfield Multiplex, Official Aluminium Extruder NAPCO, Supporting Association The Chartered Institute of Building, and Social Media Sponsor, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

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