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Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) has helped to deliver a number of iconic buildings in Dubai during the practice’s nearly 30-year history.

As managing partner of the firm, Brian Johnson recognises that one of the biggest challenges the company faces lies in helping clients to find a balance between quality contracting and value for money: “There is no substitute for having a good contractor on board to help both clients and architects to achieve their dreams, on time and on budget,” he tells Construction Week.

Johnson adds that he has high expectations of the impact Expo 2020 Dubai will have on business activities: “The UAE continues to offer exciting opportunities for new developments as it races towards Expo 2020 and beyond.

“We are especially proud to be playing a significant role as part of an international team of specialist consultants who are engaged to monitor the sustainability targets that have been set in place by the expo organisers.”

Within the next 12 months, GAJ will be tackling various projects, including one for its long-term client Dubai College, with which GAJ has had a relationship spanning more than 40 years. “Having recently handed over the new reception block, and now working on the conversion of D Block to a new learning hub for students and staff, the next phase of work for GAJ will be the construction of a large sports facility, demolishing the existing swimming pool and sports hall to rebuild a new, state-of-the-art facility,” explains Johnson.

GAJ’s ongoing projects also include work on Dubai’s Arcadia Secondary School; Al Bait Hotel, Sharjah; the Vida Hotel Dubai Creek Harbour; DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Riyadh; and Shaza Salalah Hotel & Resort in Oman.