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Top 20 MEP Consultants 2017

by Rajiv Ravindran Pillai on Jun 1, 2017

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4. Arcadis

Arcadis Middle East currently employs 2,250 people based across our offices in the UAE, Qatar, KSA, Oman, and Bahrain. It also has a Global Excellence Centre in Manila.

Over the last twelve months, its MEP team has grown significantly following a number of big project wins. Reid Donovan, regional director of MEP Solutions, says: “Within the Middle East business, we currently employ 223 qualified MEP engineers based in our offices across the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines.”

Some of the projects Arcadis handled in 2016 were: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road, Wahat Al Karama, Investment Gateway, Bahrain, Phase 1, and Dubai Canal. “We have successfully delivered a large number of projects over the last twelve months,” says Donovan. He outlines a selection of some of the most significant projects that the company’s MEP team worked on. This shortlist included two award-winning schemes, one of which was the refurbishment of the Bur Juman Centre that was highly commended in the ‘Retrofit Project of the Year’ category at the 2016 MEP Middle East Awards. The other projects were North Wing, Jumeirah Open Beach, and Kempinski Hotel & W Hotel and Residences, all in Dubai, and the Al Falah Community Mall in Abu Dhabi.

This year’s projects include Security Forces Medical Center Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dubai Creek Harbour Retail District, Dubai Hills Estate Mall, Tilal Mall & Hotel, Sharjah, UAE, and Red Line of Doha Metro.

Talking about challenges, Donovan says: “From a practical perspective, the biggest challenge that we see in 2017 will be around resource. More specifically, this is around hiring a sufficient number of skilled MEP professionals that we need to help deliver some of the large programmes that we’ve already won, and some of the new schemes that we hope to be awarded later in the year.

“More broadly, we’re seeing a push from clients to try and deliver projects quicker and at a lower cost than ever before. At the same time, however, projects are becoming more challenging in terms of scale, cost, and technical complexity. The only way in which the industry can address this challenge will be by embracing change, focusing on innovation, and working differently than before.”

Reid Donovan, Regional Director of MEP Solutions

Number of years in role: 2+

Number of years in company: 2+

Number of years working in Middle East: 9

Middle East workforce: 2,250

MEP/Building Services Engineers: 223

GCC nationals: 5-10% of total workforce

Female staff: 400+