The division aims to provide a simpler, more robust and dependable delivery model that will enhance sustainability and deliver greater client value
Dubai-headquartered ALEC has unveiled a new division – Strategic Projects and Developments – that will specialise in alternative engagement models including design and build, construction management and turnkey development.
The firm says the move is in line with its goals to steer the regional construction industry towards a sustainable future, and will enable it to deliver comprehensive value to clients right from the project definition stage.
Discussing the drivers that prompted ALEC to establish the new division, Sean McQue, Operations Director at ALEC stated, “As we focus our efforts on pioneering a more sustainable future for our industry, we recognise that this requires the constant evolution and enhancement of our solution portfolio to deliver the most comprehensive value to our clients.”
Early in August, ALEC told Middle East Construction News (MECN) that in addition to investing in solutions and technology, it was committed to upskilling staff and has appointed a Digital Construction Manager in Saudi Arabia.
He added, “After a rigorous cause-and-effect analysis of decisions made throughout a project’s lifecycle, we found that a disproportionate amount of value can be created if the right decisions are made in the first 10% of the project’s lifecycle. Additionally, a collaborative environment and elimination of outdated practices, can further enhance this value.”
The single point-of-contact delivery solution will be offered to clients as a means to add value and speed, from the outset of the project lifecycle, the firm said. In keeping with the company’s focus on digitalisation of the sector, the firm says the solution will follow a digital-first approach with all stakeholders working in a common BIM and data environment. This will not only enhance efficiency, productivity and knowledge transfer resulting in a more streamlined construction process, but more importantly, it will create a smooth transition into handover and asset management by providing a digital twin of the asset, the firm explained.
The company will be participating in Big Project Middle East’s inaugural Digital Construction Summit, which is scheduled to take place on 14 September. Registration is free for construction professionals.
The new division will be headed by Severin Tenim. He commented, “The launch of the new division aligns with ALEC’s focus on steering the construction industry towards a sustainable future. Research has shown that tremendous value can be created across the entire project lifecycle if the right decisions are made in the critical early stages. Our aim therefore is to serve as the strategic delivery partner from the onset, with the objective of de-risking asset delivery and as a result, enhancing overall investment performance.”
While the fundamental principles of the division’s solution are transferrable across multiple asset classes, ALEC pointed out that Tenim and his team will specialise in owner-operator models, build-to-rent assets, mixed-use hospitality, and projects that lend themselves to a high degree of modularity including serviced apartments, residential apartments, and mid-sized villas.
Later in August, ALEC’s Andy Boutle said that digital construction is critical to sustainable development. In April, the firm also launched a data centre construction company with Prefabricated and Liquid Immersion Solutions.