Construction World

Construction World’s Best Projects Awards is the only award that recognises excellence across the entire built environment – from contractors (civils, general builders and specialist contractors), to suppliers to professional services (architects and consulting engineers). It also recognises excellence in sustainable construction, and was one of the first awards in South Africa for green building.

Best Projects option 2This year’s competition attracted 48 entries. It was, as in the past, adjudicated by three judges, each of whom has been in the industry for decades and who represent various professional bodies of which they were presidents: ECSA, CESA, CIOB and MBA: Trueman Goba, Rob Newberry and Nico Maas. The judging of some categories led to robust debate, but in the end a clear winner in each of the categories was decided on.


AfriSam was the main sponsor of this event. They were joined by a gold sponsor (Federated Employer's Mutual Assurance Company), a silver sponsor (MBA North) and a bronze sponsor (Den Braven).

The awards ceremony was held on 8 November in Johannesburg and was attended by some 220 guests. The MC was Professor Ian Jandrell – Dean Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Witwatersrand and who is also a director of Crown Publications, the publisher of Construction World.

The December issue of Construction World will be dedicated to all the entries and winners.

Civil engineering contractors

In this category there was a Special Mention, ‘Port of Saldanha – Upgrading of General Maintenance Quay’ (Basil Read) and a Highly Commended award for the ‘Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm’ (Concor Infrastructure). The category was won by WBHO Construction for the ‘BRT Cable Stay Bridge over M1 Highway’.

Building contracts

Belo & Kies Construction received a Special Mention for ‘Lebowakgoma Shopping Centre’ and ‘Shell House – Residential Apartments’ while WBHO’s ‘Rosebank Towers’ was given a Highly Commended Award. The category was won by the impressive ‘Menlyn Reconfiguration Project’ by Concor Buildings.

Specialist contractors or suppliers

The judges commented that this category was a mixed bag of projects – but in the end the top projects were clear. Sika SA received a Special Mention award for ‘Hazelmere Dam Extension’ and Franki Africa was Highly Commended for ‘2 Pybus Road’. The category was won by AfriSam for the cement and concrete solutions it offered for the building of the PwC Tower in Midrand.

Professional services

When Best Projects was started in 2002, the professional services category mainly attracted entries from consulting engineers. As Best Projects has grown, it now attracts entries from both consulting engineers and architects. For this reason this category will become two separate categories in 2018.

This year the judges have chosen winners for both consulting engineers and architects.

Paragon Architects and Paragon Interface won a Highly Commended award for ‘Sasol Place’ while the architectural winner in this category was ‘140 West Street’ by Paragon Architects.

SMEC South Africa was the winner for consulting engineers for their project ‘Mount Edgecombe Interchange Upgrade’, while the ‘Construction of Module 2 at the Welgedacht Water Care Works’ by Royal HaskoningDHV won a Highly Commended award and a Special Mention was given to Hatch Africa for ‘The construction of the Tugela River Pedestrian Bridge’.

The AfriSam Award for Sustainable Construction

This award, one of the first in South Africa to recognise sustainable building, was won by ‘Alice Lane Phase 3’ by Paragon Architects while the Paragon Group received a Highly Commended Award for ‘GE Africa Innovation Centre’.


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