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The complete consultancy: Milcris Sanctum International

A merger between Milcris and Sanctum Project Management Services aims to provide complete consultancy services in the GCC

L to R: Millan De Silva, founder and CEO of Milcris, and Craig Beeson, CEO of Sanctum Consult.
L to R: Millan De Silva, founder and CEO of Milcris, and Craig Beeson, CEO of Sanctum Consult.

A bold new convergence has recently been accomplished between two GCC-based companies, thereby creating a fresh and ambitious consultancy service, priding itself on trusted relationships with their clients.

“Milcris Sanctum International” is the organisation resulting from the convergence between Milcris (Oman) and Sanctum Project Management Services (branded as Sanctum Consult) of Dubai. The synergies of skill that have been realised from the strengths of the two companies are truly comprehensive and Milcris Sanctum International is able to service a broad range of market sectors and technical disciplines with its blend of skill combining into a dynamic delivery capability to the industry.

Milcris

Milcris is a chartered construction consultant, regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, with ISO 9001:2008 quality management certification. It has been operating in Oman for over 10 years. It has completed over 100 signature projects during this period and has acquired a proud and enviable reputation for quality and timely delivery of services with a unique customer centric methodology. Over recent years, Milcris has expanded its service offerings to provide project management, cost consultancy, claim management and expert witness services, and design engineering. With over 100 diversely-skilled employees, it is well positioned to understand and meet even the most difficult of challenges that its clients face.

Millan De Silva is the founder and CEO of Milcris. He is a 27-year veteran of the GCC construction industry. De Silva is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FAIQS), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb), and is a non-executive member of the RICS board in Oman. His core specialties include defining procurement routes and strategies, contractual advice, expert witness, budget estimating, cost control, and change management. De Silva works closely with the chairman of Milcris, HH Shihab Bin Tariq Al Said, to efficiently manage projects, guide and control costs, and maintain business ethics and integrity at every step of any given project. He is an adaptive entrepreneur, with multiple business interests and holds a vision focused on the need to identify and embrace change.

De Silva says: “Our future is secure as long as we understand that change is the challenge. Extensive experience is the resource that keeps us flexible and adaptable and it is through the dynamism of change, and the introduction of new systems, methods, and technologies, that we will achieve that growth”.

Sanctum Consult

With governmental budgets restricting on an international scale, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are gaining momentum globally as a means for delivering infrastructure. Governments and stakeholder capabilities to prepare, procure, and manage such projects are important to ensure that the expected efficiency gains are achieved. The majority of Middle Eastern governments are formally embracing PPP frameworks, with new PPP legislation either already introduced or soon to be introduced in most GCC states.

Sanctum Consult’s primary activity since its establishment in December 2016 has been in the sourcing of appropriate project finance, as well as matching qualified and capable private sector contractors/consultants with public sector opportunities and needs. Sanctum Consult operates across multiple market sector, including power production, water production, healthcare, education, tourism, agriculture, mixed use developments, manufacturing, military installations and defence, and major infrastructure projects such as ports, aviation, highways, and railways. Project sizes range from tens of millions to billions of dollars in value.

Craig Beeson is the CEO of Sanctum

Consult, as well as the recently appointed COO of Milcris. Beeson has 16-years of experience in the international construction industry, 12 of which have been in the Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS), and a registered DAB practitioner for the MENA region. Beeson’s core specialities include dispute mitigation and resolution, commercial management, project management, change control, and procurement. He is also a six-sigma qualified practitioner and views every activity as a chance to improve efficiency, create mutually beneficial opportunities, and build long-term relationships.

Talking about Sanctum Consult, Beeson says: “Sanctum Consult is a place of safety; operating through a collaborative culture to deliver comprehensive PPP advisory and project management services across the Middle East. We work in partnership with our clients and bring together leading experts in key services to find the best tailored solution to any challenge.”

Milcris Sanctum International

Milcris Sanctum International provides complete consultancy services in three areas, covering the main stages of the generic and PPP project life cycle:

Establishment Phase: activities that precede and inform the decision to launch the PPP/generic project procurement process.

1. Identification & creation of opportunity

2. Advisor on PPP methodology & framework requirements

3. Sourcing appropriate financing solutions

4. Sourcing reliable & competent consultants/ contractors/designers/operators

5. Maximise sustainable solutions for built assets

Implementation Phase: managing the delivery of the project by the partnership.

1. Design & engineering – conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design

2. Project & programme management

3. Cost & commercial management (including procurement)

4. Dispute avoidance, mitigation & resolution

5. Lender’s supervision

Operational Phase: oversight of operations and smooth transfer of the built asset to public ownership at completion of the concession arrangement.

1. Asset management

2. Business advisory – six sigma, organisational structuring, best practices, etc.

To support value propositions, Milcris

Sanctum International can utilise specially created unique bespoke software to drive efficiency and accuracy in areas such as project controls (through the specialist Quantivia programme www.quantivia.com), forensic delay assessment, commercial tender evaluation, resource management, and document control.

Milcris Sanctum International is already at the forefront of the regional PPP and construction market and will continue to expand operations across the Middle East in the coming months, with new registrations commencing in Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company has additional presence across Asia and Africa, with a UK registration in the pipeline for the end of 2017. Milcris Sanctum International has become the trusted advisor of choice throughout the project life cycle.

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