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5 Minutes with Hercu Viljoen, ALEC, UAE

UAE contractor ALEC's managing director for related businesses highlights the expanding role of one-stop shops in the regional construction industry

Bluewaters is one of the projects in ALEC's 2016 pipeline.
Bluewaters is one of the projects in ALEC's 2016 pipeline.

Construction Week speaks to Hercu Viljoen, managing director for related businesses at UAE contracting firm, ALEC. 

1. Are there any regional contracting trends which emerged or grew in 2015?

A key trend in 2015 was the requirement for design and build across all divisions in the building sector.

We saw that clients in the construction, MEP and fit out all had a greater requirement for a one-stop shop where they could avail of multiple services.

2. What according to you spurred this shift in services demanded? 

This trend has come with the need for a greater improvement in the industry, both in terms of how parties align to complete a project and also value engineering which has become a key part of the procurement process.

3. How do you expect the GCC’s contracting sector to shape up in 2016? 

In terms of recruitment, in 2016 there will still be a focus to attract and retain the best talent that is in the market which is heavily focused on the company’s reputation and how they look after their employees.

We find that most skills are available locally and there are very few occasions where we have to look abroad.

4. What category of projects do you expect will benefit the most in 2016?

GCC infrastructure projects will remain a key focus for investment, with many rail and airport projects lined up for 2016.

Developing infrastructure has been a key focus for the government and they have been very successful in keeping up with demand as the GCC continues to grow.

5. What is ALEC's project pipeline for 2016?

ALEC and our related businesses have a very busy year ahead with many of our major projects such as Bvlgari Hotel & Resort, Bluewaters, Doha Festival City, Dubai Festival City and Reel Cinema, [all] due for completion in 2016.

It will be an interesting year as ALEC continues to focus on key areas of innovation and growth.

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