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CWQ Awards: All the winners announced

This year’s Construction Week Qatar Awards ceremony at the Westin Hotel and Spa Doha, saw the cream of the construction industry gather in recognition of the sector's achievements over the past 12 months.

All the winners show their excitement at their wins.
All the winners show their excitement at their wins.

This year’s Construction Week Qatar Awards dinner was attended by a record-breaking number of guests as leaders from the industry gathered to acknowledge the prowess of their peers and colleagues at this red-letter construction event.

A number of companies continue to put their stamp on the sector, winning consecutive years but so too, new-comers and first time nominations walked away with coveted trophies under their arm.

The evening was hailed as a resounding success as colleagues and guests congratulated winners and the highly commended basked in the glory of earning prized accolades.

A huge thank you goes out to the judging panel which gave their precious time to offer extensive knowledge and expertise to the task at hand.

The following people spared time and effort to judge the nominations:
Edd Brookes – general manager DTZ Cushman and Wakefield in Qatar – welcome back Edd!
Martin Hay – principal architect and business development manager for Kasian Qaztar
• Andrew Woodward – executive director at Quantum Global Solutions Qatar
• Mihir Shah – head of infrastructure advisory practice at KPMG
Sheikh Soud Al Thani – sustainability manager, ASTAD Project Management

A very special thank you to our sponsors for the CWQ Awards:

Platinum sponsor – Jaidah Heavy Equipment
Gold sponsors -  Imperial Trading and Contracting Company & ASTAD Project Management
Category sponsors - Qatar International Safety Centre; Projacs; Multiplex Medgulf and National Aluminium Products

And onto the first prize:

Contractor of the Year: Multiplex Medgulf, for the second year running!
The Contractor of the Year Award goes to the company that has best demonstrated unsurpassed progress and delivery to its clients, while maintaining an exemplary HSE record and achieving commercial growth within the last 12 months.

The contracting companies making the shortlist were:
• Imperial Trading and Contracting Company
• Urbacon Trading and Contracting

The judges’ praise for the winner of this category was extensive. It was hailed for “combing quality with speed” and for its attitude toward personal and development initiatives. Note was also made of “consistency in delivering high quality high profile projects” many of which are considered “unique” while judges noted: “The company has an excellent HSE record on its projects” with millions of LTI-free man-hours.

Sub-contractor of the Year: Arabian MEP Contracting - another multiple-year winner!

The award for Sub-contractor of the Year goes to the company that demonstrates the best record of progress and delivery for its clients and was drawn from companies that contribute to the structural completion of buildings or infrastructure projects.

In this category, the following sub-contractors made the shortlist:
• Powergreen
• Action International Services

Praised for its investment in an in-house training centre that has set the benchmark for training in its field, the winner of this category ticked all the right boxes by “addressing the most points” and “having clear strategies for development”.

Consultant of the Year: WSP | Parsons Brickerhoff
This award goes to the company that has a great track record of delivering innovative, original and consistent project expertise over the last 12 months. Nominees were required to demonstrate how the consultancy had enhanced projects, as well as how it contributed to their clients’ success.

Making the shortlist of this hotly-contested category were:
• AECOM Middle East
• Arab Engineering Bureau
• ByneLooby
• Parsons
• Faithful+Gould
• KEO International Consultants

The winner was lauded for “Consistently delivering and continuing to build upon its reputation for delivering high quality engineering services across all sectors” and for the “emphasis it places on social and personal development which is reflected in its employee training”. highly commended, this company won praise from the judges for its “Good clear focus on Qatar projects and being highly active in the region.” Once again note was made of the “commitments to training and development.” Highly commended went to Parsons

Architecture firm of the Year: Arab Engineering Bureau, for its THIRD consecutive win!

While the competition was fierce, there can only be one winner and AEB demonstrated commitment to dynamic, yet feasible architecture that harmonises with its surroundings.

The winners had to showcase sustainable design, while ensuring a balance between aesthetics and functionality and AEB received high praise for having “Good activity in a broad spectrum of works”. The one judge commented “It is good to see the efforts with the training and development of the staff, particular with the focus on young designers.”

Construction Executive of the Year: Peter Leitner – ALEC GCC

The winner of Construction Executive of the Year goes to the senior executive who best demonstrated the greatest impact on his construction-related business, over the last 12 months. Among the criteria the judges looked for was the demonstration of leadership and contribution to the company’s financial success.

Nominees on the shortlist:
Jason Morris – AECOM Middle East Qatar
Vansanth Kumar – Arabian MEP Contracting

The vast experience of this year’s winner, along with his significant contribution to the construction industry in the Middle East, was unanimously praised by the judges.

It was noted that he has a “combination of management, leadership and personal determination and drive” while other observations included: “He has developed an extensive track record for delivering on time and to budget.”


Engineer the Year: Lesley Desport – Atkins

Criteria included technical ability, and a demonstrable contribution to the success of the company’s projects.

Making up the shortlist – and the only category to have two women on it:
Shah Memon – Multiplex Medgulf
Sybille Sajeet – KEO International Consultants
Ioannis Spanos – KEO International Consultants

Lesley was hailed for their “Good technical capability, solid experience and good effort in passing knowledge to young engineers”. She was also was recognised for characteristics that included: being “an accomplished technical and management professional”.

Highly commended in this category for “depth of knowledge in sustainable engineering design and modern construction techniques” and for “developing a standardised approach to low energy and sustainability engineering” is Ioannis Spanos – KEO International Consultants.


Project Manager of the Year: Pedro Duarte – Multiplex Medgulf

The criteria for this award rested on the Project Manager demonstrating their impact on a project or projects in the last 12 months. Considerations included organisational ability, and overall contribution to the success of the project.

The shortlist comprised the following individuals:
Mohamed Boutaleb – Parsons
V.R.Viswanathan – Arabian MEP Contracting
Ibrahim Mohsen Korayem – ASTAD Project Management
Jonathon Perks – KEO International Consultants
Dr.Racha Chahrour – Hochtief-ViCon Qatar

In another hotly contested category, Pedro was praised for his “vast experience in the construction sector in the GCC and MEA” and also for “being instrumental in improving operational efficiencies across various teams within his company”.

Highly commended for “contributing to the industry by attending seminars and contributing to industry publications” while being recognised as a leader in the area of sustainability” went to Jonathon Perks – KEO International Consultants.

Infrastructure Project of the Year: Substations – Arabian MEP Contracting

In a country where infrastructure is the backbone of the construction industry, this is a prestigious award indeed.

The shortlist included:
Lusail Islands – UrbaCon Trading and Contracting

The winning project earned its place through “its direct impact on the community and its criticality to the overall national infrastructure setup,” according to one judge, while another panellist remarked: “Good to see a procurement model being developed to minimise the time and decision-making issues in delivery.”

Hospitality Project of the Year: Westin Doha Hotel & Spa – KEO International Consultants.

This award is open to any hospitality or tourism-related project. When choosing the winner, our judges were looking for use of best business practices and creative use of technologies that contributed to the overall success of the project.

Given that we will need 60,000-plus keys for the World Cup event, the competition in this category is stiff.

Projects on the shortlist were:
Qatar Foundation Golf Club – Contraco
Shaza Doha – Faithful + Gould
Banana Island Resort Doha – Anantara

THe Westin Hotel and Spa was praised for “demonstrating construction best practices on a number of fronts” while “creating a genuine sense of place and retreat in a congested inner city location” and for the role it plays in “revitalising and enhancing its location”.

Praised for being “designed in compliance with the world highest sustainability standard” and “being an important addition to the tourism sector” our highly commended is Qatar Foundation Golf Club – Contraco.

Commercial Project of the Year: Doha Festival City – Faithful+Gould

This award goes to the project that made an important contribution to its surroundings, highlighted best practise and showed how innovative construction techniques and technologies contributed to the project’s success.

The shortlist comprised:
Commercial plaza and children’s mall – Imperial Trading and Contracting Company
Doha Festival City – Arcadis
Doha Festival City – Alec GCC

The judges were effusive about one of Doha’s leading projects, namely Doha Festival City and while numerous companies worked on the project, Faithful+Gould was lauded for its use of latest technology tools and praised for providing specialist guidance to a diverse range of stakeholders.

Sustainability Project of the Year: Qatar Academy Msheireb – Multiplex Medgulf

This award goes to the project that demonstrated the most significant contribution to sustainable development over the last 12 months.

The companies shortlisted:
VIP Access building, Lusail City – Powergreen
Msheireb Phase 1B – Carillion Qatar

While the entries were praised for innovation and setting benchmarks, the winner in this category however, impressed the judges with comments including: “The project meets the highest sustainability standard. It is a good model of healthy and sustainable design” while another judge commented “Understated sustainability achieved on time, in a complex inner city location.”

Highly commended for “for targeting a Gold LEED rating and attempting to deliver the construction in a sustainable manner”, is Msheireb Phase 1B – Carillion Qatar

Sustainability Initiative of the Year: Qatar Green Directory – Qatar Green Building Council

With sustainability top-of-mind in Qatar, this award goes to the company that delivered best on the National Vision 2030. In particular, our judges were looking to see how the nominees made an impact not only on the Qatari construction industry, but on the wider GCC construction sector.

The shortlist comprised the following nominees:
• DUO Lightweight Formwork – PERI Qatar
• Shady Samoun – Gulf Contracting Company
• Building a Successful Business – Carillion Qatar

The winning project impressed the judges who commented: “This initiative has been ranked no. 1 as it is a first of its-kind initiative in Qatar”. It was also noted: “This initiative is a major step towards bridging the gap between supply and demand in Qatar’s Green Building industry specifically, and in the region generally.”

Winning highly commended appraisal from our judges who noted that the company “has implemented a number of unusual and sometimes innovative measures” is Building a Successful Business – Carillion Qatar

Health and Safety Initiativ eof the year

For the first time ever there was a joint winner for this vital category:

Multiplex Medgulf for Qatar Academy Msherireb: Hand-Safety Campaign and Mace International for Doha, Festival City: Mace four steps safety.

The Health and Safety Initiative of the Year award focuses on HSE programmes within Qatar’s construction industry and how they have contributed to the welfare of the local workforce.

The length of the shortlist is a clear indication of the importance of this category within the construction sector:
• Doha Festival City: Action Notice System – ALEC/GCC
• Doha Festival City: Arab Engineering Bureau
• The rollout of S.T.A.R.T training in Qatar – AECOM Middle East
Construction Light Fittings – UrbaCon Trading and Contracting
What Good Health & Safety Looks Like – Arcadis

Multiplex Medgulf was praised for developing “an initiative that tackled a serious issue on construction sites” while Mace International earned praise for “A good, yet simple initiative attempting to change behaviours of workers on construction sites.”

CSR Initiative of the Year: Give and Gain by Carillion

The award for Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year goes to a company that best demonstrated an active CSR programme over the last 12 months, and highlighted how it has contributed to the welfare of the wider community.

Companies that made the shortlist:
• Shady Shamoun – Gulf Contracting Company
Driving and Road Safety Department – Qatar International Safety Centre

According to the judges, this winner “showed a diverse range of initiatives which make a real impact on the community organisations and public institutions with which it has engaged” and one judge just simply said “Impressive!”

Our sincerest congratulations to all the winners, you do the industry proud!

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