Woods Bagot wins top award at CW Awards 2009

Firm's Qatar Science and Technology Park project critically acclaimed

Nicole Farrah and Mark Mitcheson-Low from Woods Bagot
Nicole Farrah and Mark Mitcheson-Low from Woods Bagot

Australian architectural and design firm Woods Bagot picked up the top honour last night at the 2009 Construction Week Awards Gala held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai.

Wood Bagot was awarded the Supreme Judges Award for its work on the Qatar Science and Technology Park in Doha.

The unique roof structure of the main building at the Park has been designed by Woods Bagot and was considered an environmentally-friendly and sustainable option to provide respite from the desert sun.

The design firm last year also won the contract to design the world’s tallest skyscraper – the 1km-tall Nakheel Harbour and Tower in Dubai.

The runner-up for the Supreme Judges' Award was Bahrain Bay. Others shortlisted were contracting firm Alec, and the Burj Dubai.

The annual Construction Week Awards, now in its fifth year running, is the industry’s leading awards recognising industry best practice across several sectors which include, contractors, developers and engineers and architects.

The award for the contractor of the year was picked up by Alec for its work on Majid Al Futtaim’s Mirdif City Centre project in Dubai.

Aldar won the developer of the year award for work on its Yas Island while Ramboll bagged the top spot for the engineering company of the year award.

This year’s awards also included people awards where Dutco Balfour general manager Grahame McCaig walked away with the prize for the hotly contested Health and Safety manager of the year. GTCC’s Moustafa Hassan picked up the project manager for the year award for his work on the Royal Amwaj Hotel project on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai while Al Jaber Heavy Lift and Equipment’s Assim Hajjar won PMV manager of the year.

Other winners included Carillion Mena for corporate social responsibility, Wade Adams for research and development and Al Futtaim Carillion for the newly instated Construction Week Build Safe award for best practice.

Projects that won awards were the Burj Dubai for best tower project, Ferrari Experience in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi for commercial project of the year, Al Reef, also in Abu Dhabi for best residential project and Interchange 5.5, better known as the Jumeirah Lake Towers interchange, for infrastructure project of the year.

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