Heijmans ... delighted.

The inaugural Big 5 Construction Impact Awards will recognise the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region’s project leaders for their outstanding sustainable building practices.

Across 15 categories, and inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, The Big 5 Impact Awards is a platform to celebrate the achievements and transformation of the construction industry that go beyond traditional measures of project delivery, said the organiser dmg events, while unveiling its shortlist for the debut awards.

The awards ceremony will take place on September 12 at Dubai World Trade Centre alongside The Big 5.

Awards for sustainable development make up one third of categories at The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards, finalists for the standout ‘Sustainable Initiative of the Year’ include:

• Dubai Municipality, Dubai Authorities, Emaar;

• Jordan GBC;

•  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

•  The Arab Contractors Company;

•  Turner & Townsend.

Finalists have been assessed against individual category criteria by an independent and international judging panel.

Caspar Herzberg, Judge at the awards and President, Middle East & Africa at Schneider Electric, provider of energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability, was impressed with the finalists’ projects and “their inspiring achievements across all categories, especially the high standard of submissions for sustainable building initiatives.

“Sustainable building has become a foundation for all projects in the global construction sector, and I am delighted to see entries from the region that show dedication and excellence in delivery of sustainable practices in their building approach.”

Besides the UAE, the other nominees are from a wealth of countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, India and Kenya, according to dmg events.

The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards shortlist reflects the immense quality of projects and strong collaboration across the region’s construction sector, it adds.

Josine Heijmans, Vice President at dmg events, says: “I am delighted that in its debut edition The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards have received entries from hundreds of leading architectural, engineering and construction businesses operating across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.”

“The projects market throughout the Middle East and Africa expects a strong rebound this year and is one of the fastest growing markets in global context. We are excited to recognise the businesses and people behind this outstanding resilience,” she adds.