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FM Service Provider of the Year

In a bid to recognise and acknowledge the FM industry, this year's Construction Week Awards played host to the first FM Service Provider of the Year category.

In a bid to recognise and acknowledge the FM industry, this year's Construction Week Awards played host to the first FM Service Provider of the Year category.

Bahwan Engineering Company (BEC) was put on a pedestal and crowned with the accolade, while Emcor Facilities Management, Compass and Avireal were highly commended.

We did it! - Hament Ahuja, assistant GM, Facilities Management & Maintenance Division, Bahwan Engineering Company.

The award was presented to Hament Ahuja, assistant GM, Facilities Management & Maintenance Divison and John D'Lima, deputy GM, UAE Operations.

"I'm astonished. It's fantastic recognition for the company, what we are doing and for Oman. We never expected it," said Ahuja.

The facilities division of Bahwan Engineering Company commenced its operation in 1983, just six years after the company was established. In that time, BEC has established itself as a leading FM provider in Oman and expanding its service to UAE.

"Winning the award has given us the chance to further enhance our UAE operations. We don't ever want to leave Oman, it's our home ground. But I think it gives us a new place to start work because all along it has been in Oman and the focus might now shift to the UAE," explained D'Lima.

BEC provide a range of FM services, from estate management and waste water plants, to air-conditioning and security. It offers its services across a very diverse number of sectors.

"It was rightly announced that we provide a varied service. From sports complexes and commercial buildings, to hotels and hospitals. That's what made winning this award possible," added D'Lima.

Oman clients include: Petroleaum Development, Ministry of Defence, Oman India Fertiliser Company SAOC and Ministry of National Economy.

FM Service Provider of the Year profile

Company:Bahwan Engineering Company

Based:Oman

General manager, Facilities Management & Maintenance Division:S V R Kamath

Established:1977

Services provided:Facilities management and maintenance.

Sectors serviced:Hospitals, residential, commercial, shopping malls, industrial, power and water generation.

Number of staff:1,700 plus in the FM division.

Most recent contract:Facilities maintenance of hospital/health centres in North Sharqiya and Ministry of Health Headquarters in Muscat.

Highly commended

Emcor:for its continued expansion into Middle East markets.

Compass:for its commitment to improving life in labour camps, by launching Village Life.

Avireal:for its research conducted into hotel's energy consumption.

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