ICPMA Annual Awards Programme


ICPMA is committed to the spread of best practice in construction project management. To promote this, we seek to recognise both the world class delivery of projects, and also the role of innovation in raising quality. Two award programmes are run each year.


The “Alliance Award” is given to those projects that demonstrate excellence in undertaking construction project management and this award is evaluated using the 7 principles of “the better way.” These are:


  • People who believe that working together makes all of us more effective
  • Processes fostering co-operation instead of confrontation
  • Contracts fair, clean and simple, contract management in mutual respect
  • Costs, transparent and competitive, reasonable profit for all
  • Quality as our prime goal at a price that is acceptable to all
  • Life cycle, sustainable projects, designed with all phases in mind
  • Challenges, identified and solved in joint responsibility

For more details about applying for the 2018 "Alliance Award" please click here.

Entries are requested before 31st March 2018 please.


The “IQ Award” is given to those projects that have used innovation and new techniques or platforms to drive better quality in the delivery of projects to help future generations. This Award will be given to projects, clients, the professional team, and other participants who have shown outstanding innovation and quality of process used, with a final product to match. The size and type of project are immaterial: both large and small are eligible. The "IQ" Award is given by ICPMA in partnership with DVP, the renowned Project Management Association of Germany (https://www.dvpev.de). ICPMA thank DVP for its support.

For more details about applying for the 2018 "IQ Award" please click here.

Entries are requested before 31st March please.


The Awards Programme was initiated in 2015 and the winning projects so far are:


  • Alliance 2017: Distinction: Qatar Foundation for Islamic Studies, Doha, Qatar


  • Alliance 2017: Distinction: Higashi-Honganji Temple, Kyoto, Japan


  • IQ 2016: Full Award: Radio Frequency Information Project, Wuppertal, Germany


  • Alliance 2016: Full Award: Toyota Research and Development Centre, Jiangsu Province, China


  • Alliance 2016: Distinction: British School Muscat, Oman


  • Alliance 2016: Distinction: Karawatha Forest Centre, Brisbane, Australia


  • IQ 2015: Full Award: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France


  • Alliance 2015: Full Award: Grangegorman, Dublin, Ireland


  • Alliance 2015: Full Award: Aragui Hydropower, Georgia


The Judges for the 2018 Awards are:


  • Arnd Wittchen - Immediate Past President of ICPMA
  • Louis Gunnigan - Senior Vice President and Past President of ICPMA
  • Prof. Dr.- Ing. Norbert Preuss - Executive President of DVP
  • Prof. Dr.- Ing. Claus-Jürgen Diederichs - Honorary President of DVP
  • Clive Birch - Co-Founder of Buro Four Project Services




Alliance 2017: Distinction: Qatar Foundation for Islamic Studies (QFIS), Doha, Qatar


Client: Qatar Foundation

Project Manager: ASTAD


ASTAD provided full services for this iconic project, acting as the focal point between the client, the designer, the lead architect, the end user, several government entities and the main contractor. The building is a world class teaching and faculty space, a research centre and the Education City campus mosque. It completed on time and budget and was handed over in January 2015. QFIS is a profoundly spiritual building that imparts Islamic values and education in a setting that is modern and progressive. Achieving the quality required for this project was essential to attain the look and feel essential to the client’s vision. The demands of cost control needed balancing with achieving quality and this was realised by using a highly skilled team experienced with similar projects in the region; specialist local suppliers; and cutting edge materials and techniques.




Alliance 2017: Distinction: Higashi-Honganji Temple, Kyoto, Japan


Client: Higashi-Honganji Temple

Project Manager: Nikken Sekkei, Japan


This project involved the renovation of the three main structures of Higashi Honganji: the Founder's Hall; the Amida Hall; and the Founder's Hall Gate, which were rebuilt in the Meiji Era, 1895, and are designated and registered as National Cultural Assets. Since it was a long-term project to be paid for by the worshippers, a method for proceeding with total transparency and fairness was required. As a means for solving the challenges, full construction project management was applied and the project achieved major results. Environmentally friendly renovation, the spreading of knowledge obtained through examination, research, and construction to society were notable social contributions of this project. The value of the traditional wooden structures and cultural assets was maintained throughout this renovation, their structural authenticity was preserved, enabling them to be enjoyed by future generations.





IQ 2016: Full Award: Radio Frequency Information Project (RFID), Wuppertal, Germany


University of Wuppertal, TU Dresden, TU Darmstadt, Germany


The combination of BIM and RFID allows a fully integrated data chain from design and development to operation and demolition, discharge and recycling. The process makes it possible to create uniform systems for access, localisation, security, theft avoidance and quality assurance on site. The use of the system stretches from digital inventories and maintenance and repair schedules to systems controlling site visits and emergency services. Data is always up-to-date meaning that the building can be economically and ecologically optimised continuously.





Alliance 2016: Full Award: Toyota Research and Development Centre, Jiangsu Province, China


Client: Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, China

Project Manager: Nikken Sekkei Construction Management, Japan


This R and D Centre is a nationally important project for China and it is combined with the construction of a large-scale steel plant and a new high-speed railway. The Centre required high accuracy construction, difficult reclamation work and a multitude of new buildings, all achieved with no urban infrastructure in terms of roads or utilities in place. The only way this could be achieved was through perfect co-operation and collaboration between all stakeholders, continuous discussion and communication, acceptance of the different cultures between China and Japan, the merging of technology, and using both Chinese and Japanese standards of construction to the highest level. The facility achieved the highest rating for a sustainable technical centre in China.




Alliance 2016: Distinction: British School Muscat (BSM), Oman


Client: British School Muscat, Oman

Project Manager: Turner & Townsend, Oman and 21C Developments, UK


BSM occupies a tight urban site in the capital city, and approved a phased masterplan to redevelop 75% of the entire campus over a 7 year period, providing modern world class facilities for this major international school. All stakeholders participated in a lengthy consultation exercise, before plans were begun, so that a wide-range of opinions could be taken into account. The design and delivery team needed to work “the better way” to implement the plans to the correct quality, on time, within budget, and safely: within a campus used everyday by 1200 students. The completion of phase 1 saw the Alliance Award 2016, and phase 2 will complete in 2017, leaving the last phase for 2018-2020.





Alliance 2016: Distinction: Karawatha Forest Centre, Brisbane, Australia


Client: Brisbane City Council, Australia

Project Manager: Brisbane City Council, Australia


The Karawatha project was developed as part of the client’s commitment to preserving and protecting the native ecosystems of the city and greater region. A collaborative culture was promoted from the start of the project, with contractors engaged from the outset. The landmark facility was built with the allocated budget, and the team worked together to reduce likely future maintenance costs, increase the lifespan of the building and to encourage safe environments for users and the ongoing workforce. A land remediation project to reduce gas migration was also successfully implemented at the same time.






IQ 2015: Full Award: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France


Client: Fondation Louis Vuitton, France

Project Manager: TAW WEISSE International, Germany


This exceptional and extraordinary Gehry design was realised through a dynamic integrated planning process, using the intelligent application of BIM and FIM (Facility Information Management). The team and the design were integrated to ensure co-operation and communication, and maintenance experts were involved early in the process so that the building would always look and function as it should throughout its lifecycle. This balance and link between the concept and detailed architectural design, and then the way that the building would operate, was of paramount important in ensuring the success of this project.






Alliance 2015: Full Award: Grangegorman, Dublin, Ireland


Client: Grangegorman Development Agency, Ireland

Project Manager: Grangegorman Development Agency, Ireland



The Dublin Institute of Technology is the 2nd largest university level centre for education and research in Ireland. It is moving from 39 locations around Dublin to a new city centre campus at Grangegorman. The overall development programme involves the construction of 385,000m2 of floor space in 30 building plots over a period of 15 years. The €28 million Site Infrastructure and Public Realm project converts a 30-hectare brownfield site into a site providing all required services to the 30 building plots, whilst also creating a public park that will eventually become a living, learning park. The project timescale was just 10 months, with a fixed budget and an immovable completion date. Using a collaborative management approach, jointly agreed objectives, open-book monitoring and a process by which problems could be escalated to the appropriate point of decision authority: the project was completed on time, within budget and to a very high quality standard. The judges considered it to be an excellent example of how determination combined with a high level of willingness to achieve common goals can overcome challenges that normally cause huge disruption to projects.





Alliance 2015: Full Award: Aragui Hydropower, Georgia


Client: Ministry of Energy, Georgia

Project Manager: Energy Aragvi Ltd, Georgia


This project is a leading example showing how renewable energy can be produced by hydropower in a way that protects nature and promotes development. Georgian and Austrian engineers and entrepreneurs worked closely together. There were more than 40 contracts with international and local companies and all interactions were discussed openly with the project managers. Alternative approaches by different cultures were actively embraced. Fairness and tolerance were key words in the delivery philosophy and success of this venture.



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