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Carillion Alawi wins big in Oman - 4/18/2012

Carillion Alawi was one of the big winners at the inaugural Construction Week Awards - Oman this week, after collecting three key awards. The haul of silverware included the prestigious Best Building Project of the Year for the Royal Opera House in Muscat. Carillion Alawi also claimed best HSE Initiative for its "Visual Impact" campaign illustrating through enactment how accidents occur and the personal impact they can have.

As the first construction joinery within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) area to gain full Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification for environmental use of timber, Carillion Alawi was also named as best Sustainable Initiative.

The Oman Constructor's Awards have been set up to recognise and celebrate excellence in 13 diverse categories of construction. This first event was overseen by Dr Rasheed bin al Safi al Huraibi, Chairman of the Tender Board.

The judges described their selection of the Royal Opera House, Muscat as 'an obvious choice' given the project's exceptional quality and the highly successful venue that was the result of its completion. They said it was a difficult project to beat given its significance, location, quality and the benefits it has brought to Oman.

Carillion Alawi operations manager David Newell said: ''We won because Carillion worked as a team to deliver another iconic, prestigious building. We worked closely with the client, for whom we have a lot of respect and who expects very high quality. In addition, working as a team with our supply chain made the overall project a great success.''

Accepting the HSE award, regional MD Andy Jones added: "At Carillion we pride ourselves on our record for making safety the first priority in any task within the business. We have also recognized at Carillion Alawi that a major factor in reducing accidents and incidents is behavioral safety. This is why we have trained more than 7,000 workers through our Visual Impact campaign to win hearts and minds in health and safety, and we are delighted with this award recognition.''

Senior sustainability co-ordinator Raja Packrisamy was also thrilled to receive the Sustainability Initiative of the Year. ''I am really excited. Carillion Alawi is very keen to protect the planet and implement sustainable initiatives. Timber is important for global activities. Saving it and sourcing proper resources is our goal.''

Winners from the Construction Week Awards - Oman, which was sponsored by Famco, will get a further chance to claim success at the GCC edition of the Construction Week Awards, to be held in Dubai, in December.