The winners of the inaugural Saint-Gobain Gyproc Middle East Trophy have been announced.
The construction materials manufacturer’s first-ever Middle East awards ceremony took place on 13 September, 2017 in Dubai.
Approximately 150 people attended the event, which saw regional and international contractors recognised for their efforts within the fields of residential, non-residential, plasterboard, ceilings, and innovation and sustainability.
Intex was named winner of the residential award for its work on a 2B+G+14 residential project in Dubai’s Barsha Heights area.
The trophy for the plasterboard category was jointly awarded to Al Rawda and Ishtar Décor for their work on Dubai’s Bvlgari Resort and Residences; and Perfect Building Materials for its work on the Al Jahra Hospital extension in Kuwait.
The non-residential prize was awarded to International Décor for its work on Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal.
Plafond and PMK were named winners of the ceilings category for their work within Bollywood Parks Dubai.
For the innovation and sustainability award, International Décor and Mais Interior were recognised for their work on Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi.
Each project was judged against a list of criteria, which focussed on craftsmanship, the quality of dry-lining workmanship, and the quality of the overall scheme.
The six winning projects will now move forward to the 11th International Saint-Gobain Trophy, which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2018.
Commenting on the inaugural awards, Paul Button, managing director of Gyproc Middle East, said: “We are delighted with the support we have received from contractors and clients in staging the first-ever Middle East Trophy competition.
“It has given us the opportunity to not only highlight and recognise the skills of our dry-lining specialist contractors throughout the Middle East, but also to demonstrate how we are working with the market to develop new and innovative lightweight lining solutions that meet the unique demands of today’s increasingly complex buildings,” he added.
The nominations were judged by a panel of industry experts, including Paul Schwartz, technical director of Dubai Acoustic Research Laboratory; Jon Lee, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) head of acoustics at Cundall, and James Morgan, editor of Construction Week.
This year’s Saint-Gobain Gyproc Middle East Trophy event was open to projects throughout the Middle East that used the manufacturer’s systems and products. The awards attracted entries from 44 regional construction developments, including residential, healthcare, hospitality, commercial, educational, and leisure projects.