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50 Most Admired: Architects/engineers/consultants

by CW Staff on Jun 16, 2010

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When it comes to iconic building design and engineering, Arup has produced some of the world’s most instantly recognised structures. It was Ove Arup and Partners that brought architect Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera house to life by providing the structural engineering for the project in 1976 – and it was Arup that built the Beijing Water Cube and critically acclaimed Bird’s Nest for the 2008 Olympic Games in China.
Arup was also involved in the structural design of the Yas Marina Hotel bridge which provided a dramatic and spectacular backdrop to the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 evening race last November. The hotel bridge spans 40m and encloses 980m2 of interior space on two levels, and includes a bar, restaurant and VIP lounge. Arup’s other major UAE projects include the circular Aldar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Al Raha Beach, a large scale operational readiness trial at Dubai International airport’s terminal three prior to opening, and a sustainability strategy for a section of the Dubailand World site that included Legoland, Six Flags, Marvel, DreamWorks, Freej and the Central Island.

Longevity in the construction industry isn’t easily earned – but the ability to deliver constant results while also remaining ahead of the competition is what keeps companies like Consolidated Consultants busier than ever. Established in Jordan in the early 1970s, the company’s range of engineering and consultancy services are in hot demand. It was recently approached to provide project management consultancy for the $715m 240 km four-lane Al-Batinah Coastal Road Project in Oman, while its current projects also include the ongoing development of Yasmin Village and Yasmin Town Project in Ras Al Khaimah; as well as a comprehensive range of water, sewerage and dam projects, building, environment and infrastructure works throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Consolidated Consultants encourages staff to develop their talents by encouraging them to further their studies and to fulfill their potential in projects for the company. Encouragingly, for staff, CC is not a company too mired in work to not enjoy itself. Regular staff gatherings, social events and annual dinners means the company is also a welcoming place to work.