CW Awards 2015: Infra Project of the Year revealed

Team behind renowned UAE project walks away with top infrastructure honours in Dubai

Saipem representatives collected the award.
Saipem representatives collected the award.
Etihad Rail was crowned Infrastructure Project of the Year.
Etihad Rail was crowned Infrastructure Project of the Year.

Italian contractor Saipem’s Shah-Habshan-Ruwais Etihad Railway project was crowned Infrastructure Project of the Year at the Construction Week Awards 2015, held on Wednesday, 9 December at InterContinental – Dubai Festival City.

Etihad Rail is expected to greatly benefit local communities and the national economy, through both Emiratisation and environmental benefits. A single freight train can carry the load of up to 300 trucks, thus reducing road congestion and accidents as well.

More than 442km of track works have been realised in 18 months, with a world record 70km of track laid in only one month, and over 85 million cubic meters of material in the desert area moved in 24 months.

Remarking on the project, a judge said: “[It is an] incredible infrastructure project, in both scale and complexity, and [is being] delivered to international standards within challenging environmental conditions. A worthy winner of this award.”

Guiseppe Iocco, project director at Saipem, told Construction Week at the ceremony: “The scale and complexity of this project was immense, so to win this award is extremely gratifying.

"We actually set a new world record during the construction – 70km of track laid in a single month."

The Terminal 1 Segregation project by ALEC was this category’s highly commended nomination.

Other shortlisted nominations included the construction of Madinat Nizwa by Bahwan Engineering Company; the Presidential Guard by AGC; Underground Carparks and Tunnels at Souq Waqif (East & West) by Arabian MEP Contracting; and, Wahat Al Zaweya by Arcadis.

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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