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After years of dominance from Asian projects, the Middle East stole the show by winning seven of the 13 categories, including three projects in the UAE, at the recent Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets. Two Dubai projects bagged awards in the commercial and residential categories, while a project in Sharjah was adjudged best in culture and tourism during the awarding ceremony held at the Conrad Hotel Dubai.
The Offices at One Central, developed by Dubai World Trade Centre and designed by Hopkins Architects Dubai, topped the Commercial Project (Built) category, while Binghatti Apartments, developed by Binghatti Developers and designed by Muhammad Bing-hatti Aljbori, won the award in the Residential High-Rise Project (Built) category.
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority’s Mleiha Archaeological Centre received the top prize in the Community, Culture and Tourism Project (Built) category. The project is designed by Dabbagh Architects.
“We were particularly impressed by the Offices at One Central and their team’s huge scale of ambition shown in the project planning and design, which clearly followed best practice principles,” said Christopher Seymour, Regional Development Director and Head of Markets Mesa at Mott MacDonald, who was one of the members of the judging panel.
The Dh8-billion Offices at One Central features open-plan office spaces, ranging in size from 290-1,920 sq m per floor, with access to multiple rooftop gardens.
“They turned a simple idea into a high-quality asset by sound execution of their asset management plan, which clearly demonstrated that sustainability was embedded into their business model from its inception,” said Seymour.
The award shortlisted 39 finalists from countries. The winners were chosen by a panel of 16 judges.
Mleiha Archaeological Centre, an archaeological and eco-tourism venture occupying an area of 5,068 sq m near ancient ruins and burial sites in Sharjah, was cited for setting a standard for developments celebrating and conserving regional heritage.
“We chose Mleiha Archaeological Centre as an example of a genuinely, contextually lead project that is unique and culturally sensitive to a highly important site,” said Mathew Lamont, Associate Director at AE-COM and representative award judge for The Chartered Institute of Building.
Source: Property Weekly