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Top 20 MEP Consultants 2017

by Rajiv Ravindran Pillai on Jun 1, 2017

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1. WSP

WSP Global unveiled last month its new brand identity, represented by the introduction of a new logo that marks its growth and transformation. The new brand is evocative of WSP’s strong and future-focused identity. With significant growth in recent years the change in name from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP is a fundamental step in bringing together over 85 legacy organisations under one powerful global brand.

Greg Kane, managing director for WSP in the Middle East commented on the development of the new brand: “Our business has expanded significantly in recent years, both organically and through the acquisition of many different businesses. Today we are over 36,000 people in 40 countries around the world. Whilst we are proud of our history and heritage we believe it is the right time to focus on our shared vision for the future and what that means for our people, clients and partners.”

WSP currently has 1,221 full-time people working in the region, with around 146 qualified MEP/Building Services Engineers working for the Firm.

Last year WSP completed work at: New York University in Abu Dhabi; The Avenue, phase 2 (city walk); Kempinski Hotel, The Wave, Muscat; and Dubai World Trade Center, C2/C4.

Some of its projects for this year include Yas South Integrated Destination Resort, Abu Dhabi – a luxurious development at Yas Island, One Za’abeel – twin towers alongside Dubai’s Trade Centre roundabout, linked with a steel structure spanning an active highway, Project Star – a modern retail and hospitality destination situated at the corner of Dubai’s EXPO 2020 site that includes a mixed community master plan. Those are just some of the dozen other projects that WSP is catering to.

WSP is currently looking at opportunities across a number of market segments and sectors. Its primary focus remains in the programme management arena, design and supervision of mixed use developments across a number of sectors and the front end advisory services relating to Environment & Sustainability.

As part of its targets, MEP design remains a significant proportion of its annual revenue.

When it comes to WSP’s involvement in various industry bodies, Isaac Coker, technical director – Building Services, is involved with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering (CIBSE) Committee as an interviewer, Dean McGrail, director of Property & Buildings, represents Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in the Middle East, and Matthew Jackson, regional HSEQ manager is the UAE chairman for the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health.

On sustainable business practices, WSP is focused on the way it impacts the environment, both during the design and construction phase, following project completion.

Dean McGrail, director – property & buildings, says: “Sustainability is such an important consideration here in the Middle East as the decision we make as engineers now will impact the region for many years to come. As we build new infrastructure and communities within the region we have the chance to change the future. By ensuring our designs consider their impact on the environment, we cannot only safe-guard the Middle East future, but also save money and resources, and improve the quality of the built environment.”

Dean McGrail, Director – Property & Buildings

Number of years in role: 2+

Number of years in company: 15+

Number of years working in Middle East: 12+