MEP Middle East Awards 2017: Meet the sponsors
An interview with our entertainment sponsor Louise Collins, director - projects at WME Consultants
Please introduce your company.
WME is an independent multi-disciplinary consultancy providing engineering services for the built environment. We are based in the Middle East, India and in the UK, and deliver engineering solutions around the globe.
WME is committed to providing a client-focused integrated service. Our structural, building services, AV-IT and infrastructure engineers have an excellent understanding of conditions and practices in the both regionally and globally, and a wealth of experience in international construction industries.
WME’s engineers are passionate about creative buildability. We deliver practical cost-effective design solutions, developed through in-depth knowledge of best practice and an openness to innovation — at all stages of a project’s development and in the most demanding of climates.
What was your main motivation for signing up as a sponsor this year?
We want exposure in the market, to highlight our capabilities and we want to be part of an award regime where the best in the business are recognised and rewarded.
What are you looking forward to the most at the awards this year?
Seeing what projects are being delivered, understanding our competitors’ capabilities, meeting up with peers, cheering on our team for awards.
What are your company’s future plans?
We are currently looking at expansion into Singapore to service Asia and have already appointed our champion for the region. We are also upgrading our delivery capabilities in our Bangalore office to enable us to deliver more economically and compete more on fees.
How is the market shaping up? What market trends have you noticed this year?
The market is getting tougher, there is a lot of competition and fees are getting even tighter, these leads us stick to clients we know and work well with, clients we can manage and realise there expectations so delivery is streamlined. BIM has been a great tool for us to evolve our design and work on a robust platform, we are using this to our advantage and seeping big rewards on design time and coordination. We have a great BIM champion who has evolved our 360 BIM platform throughout our offices making life much easier in delivery.
What are the main opportunities and challenges in the market?
There are always opportunities to be had, Dubai is very dynamic and plans are always evolving, clients are always looking for dynamic engineers. Now that plans are underway for Expo delivery, which we are involved in. It’s only a matter of time before Dubai announces its next plans to keep the economy moving. Healthcare opportunities are big with a big push on healthcare tourism from the DHA, we have just completed Kings College Hospital and are bidding and designing other state of the art healthcare facilities in the region.
Cost of construction budgets have come down to align with buyers expectations so this in itself is challenging and the value engineering process whilst not compromising delivery is tough but keeps us on our toes.