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CW Awards 2016: “A real clash of the titans”

With so many industry giants going head to head at the CW Awards, it can be hard to keep pace with who won what, so – spoilers ahoy – here are a few of my personal highlights

COMMENT, Business

The Construction Week Awards usually bring out the best in the Middle East’s construction community, and this year was no exception. With almost 200 nominations in 14 awards categories, the twelfth edition of the event was a true celebration of the best that our industry has to offer.

Of course, it’s not all about patting one another on the back (although, for one night a year, nobody would begrudge a little of this type of behaviour). True to form, the CW Awards 2016 was a competitive event that saw a selection of regional behemoths battle it out for one of Construction Week’s coveted trophies.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our panel of independent industry judges, upon whose collective decision the results of the CW Awards 2016 were based. This year’s expert cohort spent hours of their valuable time poring over shortlisted nominees to crown the evening’s winners.

In fact, this is one of the things I most enjoy about the CW Awards in that – Editorial Choice accolades aside – I have nothing to do with their outcome.

I should probably clarify. The reason I relish this lack of involvement is not because I’m lazy, but because the results are as much of a surprise to me as they are to the nominees. Attempting to predict the collective preferences of a panel of industry experts is, in my experience, almost impossible.

Don’t get me wrong. There are always perfectly valid reasons for the judges’ decisions, not least because we ask them to provide a running commentary along with their scores. The point is, every shortlisted nominee would have been a justifiable winner; that’s why they made the shortlist. Learning which entries have wowed the panel during a particular year is what makes the event so much fun.

As always, each and every category proved pertinent for a whole host of reasons. With this in mind, I would like to congratulate all of the shortlisted nominees that made it onto the 2016 shortlist which, in itself, is no mean feat.

For me, one of the most exciting categories of 2016 was Consultant of the Year (page 26). The six shortlisted nominees had to be whittled down from an initial field of 12 and, even then, our judges found it difficult to make a decision.

One panellist described this category as a “real clash of the titans”, so I would like to offer a hearty well done to everybody from the winning company, Atkins.

It was also good to see Arabian MEP crowned Sub-Contractor of the Year amid some stiff competition (page 25). The Qatar-based firm’s CEO, Vasanth Kumar, has been chasing this particular accolade for more than a decade. No wonder he describes it as “the mother of all awards”.

To round off a fantastic night, ALEC secured the Contractor of the Year Award for the fifth consecutive year (page 24).

Well, I did say that attempting to predict the collective preferences of a panel of industry experts was almost impossible.

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