2014 Construction Week Power 100
Sun 22 Jun 2014 01:01 PM
Kez Taylor

Kez Taylor

Company: Alec

Designation: CEO

It’s been another solid year for Al Jaber LEGT Engineering & Contracting, or ALEC as it’s known to everyone in the industry.

The firm was named Contractor of the Year at Construction Week’s GCC awards for the second year running last December.

South African Kez Taylor, who became CEO in January 2013, set up the business with Al Jaber Group in 2001 and it has since grown to develop separate business arms in MEP and fit-out contracting. The firm now has a workforce of over 7,000 and revenues in excess of AED3bn ($816m).

Since the start of this year, ALEC has picked up work in Qatar, where its joint venture with Gulf Contracting Company won a $453mn contract to build the new Doha Festival City site for Bawabat Al Shamal Real Estate. Meanwhile, in Oman, it landed a $53mn contract to build the Jabal Al Akhdar Anantara Hotel Resort in the Hajjar mountains near Muscat.

Projects completed in the last 16 months include Dubai International Airport Concourse A; the relocation of Dubai Airshow Expo to DWC; Yas Waterworld and the Abu Dhabi International Airport Arrivals Hall and US Customs & Border Patrol Facility.

ALEC has witnessed a major reduction in Lost Time Incidents (LTI’s) of 58% as well as an 82% reduction in first aid cases across its projects between January 2012 and December 2013.

Taylor said: “Our projects are achieving safety milestones and safety awards are celebrated throughout the project sites. Our Concourse D project at Dubai Airport recently celebrated 5mn man-hours free of a LTI.

“Across other projects in Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar we have a totalled sum of 10mn man hours without an LTI.

“The safety of our workforce is one of our primary focuses and our HSE teams do a great job in facilitating this.”