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CW Oman Awards 2018 Hall of fame: Sustainability Initiative winner

T2o Engineers won the Sustainability Initiative of the Year prize at the Construction Week Oman Awards 2018 for its work on the Outward Bound Desert Centre

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T2o Engineers’ Outward Bound Desert Centre was named Construction Week Oman Awards 2018’s Sustainability Initiative of the Year. T2o Engineers was awarded top honours for its zero-emission, fully solar project.

Photovoltaic (PV) cells installed as part of the project generate sufficient energy to cater to the 24-hour demands of the centre through a battery storage bank.

Lalbuksh Voltas Engineering’s Million Date Palm Plantation Project was this year’s Highly Commended Sustainability Initiative. Other finalists in the category included Consolidated Contractors Company’s Go Green 100% Off-grid Mobile Cabin, and Sohar Steel’s Sustainable Constructional Steel Certification (SCS) Scheme.

Commenting on the company’s win on the night of the awards ceremony, managing partner at T2o Engineers, Stephen Vickers, said the win for the company was significant, as it demonstrated the three-year-old engineering consultancy was heading in the right direction. Speaking to Construction Week, Vickers added: “We’re doing what we’re passionate about, and we’re winning awards because of it.”

The Construction Week Oman Awards 2018 were supported by show partner The Big Show Oman; supporting sponsor CIOB; heavy commercial vehicle partner Ford Trucks; category sponsors Sarooj Construction Company, Al Tasnim, Design Group Engineering Consultants, Sohar Steel Group, and AECOM; silver sponsor Tenable; and platinum sponsor S&T Engineering and Contracting.

To learn more about the Construction Week Oman Awards 2018 – and how to nominate for an award in 2019 – log on to www.constructionweekonline.com/cwawardsoman/.

Here, Vickers shares the secrets of the firm’s success at the CW Oman Awards 2018.

What does it mean for T2o to win Construction Week Oman Awards 2018 honours for the Sustainability Initiative of the Year?

T2o Engineers was formed just under three years ago. To be able to compete on the same stage as our peers in such short timeframe gives us great satisfaction and motivation. The Sustainability Initiative of the Year is particularly sweet for us. As engineers, sustainability is, where possible, at the forefront of our design principles, [and] we want to engineer for the future [accordingly].

Do you plan to enter the Construction Week Oman Awards again next year? Which categories would you consider?

Within the project [categories], as a boutique consultancy specialising within the built environment, we specifically target awards that best represent us, our strategy, and our values.

Categories that allow us to showcase our expertise within sustainable, responsible, integrated, and collaborative design will [...] best suit our portfolio. As a highly skilled, people-focused business, we highly value our staff, and any awards that allow us to showcase our depth of talent will always appeal.

What can we expect from T2o in the Middle East, in 2018 and beyond? What are the biggest projects you are working on in the region?

In 2018, we will continue to consolidate our position of strength in Oman, and carry out repeat work for our clients. We are already working on further projects with Outward Bound Oman.

This year will also see T2o Engineers expand further into the wider GCC markets, teaming up with several partners, architects, and collaborators, helping us to organically grow our business in both team size and turnover. Our focus lies not in following the market, but in servicing our clients; therefore, their paths and journeys will inform our direction.

What are your thoughts on the direction of sustainable engineering in the Middle East?

Sustainable engineering, when delivered properly, is not something that is designed for design’s sake, but where form follows the function.

It made both financial and moral sense for us to use photovoltaic power generation [technology for the] Outward Bound Desert Centre, and allow the development to operate as an off-grid, remote building.  We did not do this to prove a point or win an award; it simply made sense on so many levels. We look forward to more Middle East designs where this happens naturally.

As a technology-led industry, we are incredibly excited by the direction that digital design is leading us in. The ability to utilise emerging technologies as tools to analyse and inform engineering solutions must lead the direction of sustainable design in the region. We are excited to be at the forefront of this movement.

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