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Big 5 Global Impact Awards open 2023 submissions

Awards programme for construction inspired by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Image source: Big 5 Global)

Entries have now opened for Big 5 Global Impact Awards 2023, which will celebrate the achievements and transformation of the construction industry in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA)

The awards, which are returning for its 3rd edition and hosted during Big 5 Global, will recognise innovation, sustainable development, technology, and digital achievements in the construction industry in 19 comprehensive categories.

"Big 5 Global Impact Awards have become an integral part of the industry's calendar. The awards have become synonymous with the growth and development of the construction industry, and we are pleased to see the inspiration they have had in recognising and encouraging innovation and excellence," said Ben Greenish, senior vice-president – construction at dmg events.

Since its launch in 2021, Big 5 Global Impact Awards have been serving as a platform to showcase sustainable practices and innovation in the construction industry, contributing to the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The awards are aligned with the goals of COP28 in uniting for climate action and recognise companies, projects, and individuals who make significant contributions to carbon emissions reduction, promoting sustainable practices, driving circularity in construction and retrofit projects.

Victoria Burrows, director advancing net zero, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), emphasised the need to deliver integrated sustainability solutions that address whole life carbon emissions of existing and new buildings. This will enable the development of resilient, healthy, equitable and sustainable built environments for everyone, everywhere.  

In 2022, the annual awards clocked hundreds of entries from across 20 countries, as 18 winners were selected, following a comprehensive judging process by an international, independent judging panel. Last year, the Dubai Metro Route 2020 project, by the Acciona & Gulermak joint venture, was chosen as ‘Sustainable Construction Project of the Year’ while the sustainable revitalisation of traditional rainwater harvesting at India’s Bansilal Pet Step Well – a joint venture between Kshetra Consultants and The Rainwater Project – was declared ‘Sustainable Initiative of the Year’.  The ‘Workforce of the Future Initiative’ accolade was taken home by HK Consulting for its integration of BIM into the national academic curriculum. As well as Tamimi Global scooped the ‘Off-Site Project of the Year’ award for its NEOM Community Expansion 2.

Entries for Big 5 Global Impact Awards 2023 are now open and will close on 21 July 2023. The shortlist will be revealed in September and the winners will be announced during an exciting ceremony on 5 December in Dubai.

“As it returns with another edition of recognition, we believe that Big 5 Global Impact Awards provide a unique opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate best practice and achievements, and we look forward to continuing this tradition in the years to come,” concluded Greenish.