Podcast: Ramboll on track to ensure sustainable construction

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony McCarter, Ramboll's buildings director for the Middle East discussed the firm's key developments

Anthony McCarter, ME buildings director at Ramboll
Anthony McCarter, ME buildings director at Ramboll

Danish consultancy firm Ramboll’s buildings director for the Middle East, Anthony McCarter, has discussed the firm's focus on the incorporation of sustainability in construction in the region, as well as its upcoming projects during the latest episode of the Construction Week Viewpoint podcast.

McCarter also revealed in the podcast Ramboll's focus on high-rises, hospitals, and aviation infrastructure projects.

Listen to the entire conversation here.

McCarter, who was recently appointed to the role has worked in engineering consultancy for more than 35 years, and expects to grow Ramboll’s buildings portfolio across the Middle East region.

He says that Ramboll is committed towards “creating sustainable places where people and nature flourish”.

Acknowledging the global climate crisis, McCarter underlines the contributory role of the building industry to resolve the issue.  

“We set ourselves a goal by the end of 2019 to double our revenue from work that has a sustainability component. We measure the work as sustainability commissions or projects that carry a sustainability certification. In 2019, 59% of Ramboll’s global revenue contributed towards the prescribed SDGs, and we are continuing to be on track with our sustainable activities,” he adds.

Speaking about Ramboll’s involvement in the Expo 2020 Dubai event, McCarter said that the firm is part of the board of directors for the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) for 2020.

McCarter explains that Ramboll leans towards high-rises, hospitals, and aviation projects in terms of infrastructure because of their scalability.

He adds: “The sectors have global growth drivers such as global urbanisation in the case of high-rises; hospitals are driven by a growing population and an increasing healthcare needs for chronic illnesses; aviation is driven by the global demand for business and leisure travel.”

Identifying the Middle East’s intent to diversify economies away from hydrocarbons, McCarter states that it “will drive activity in sectors such as leisure, technology, tourism, and logistics”.

The Makers District is an upcoming creative district project in Abu Dhabi's Reem Island [Image: Supplied]

Commenting on the Middle East market in terms of construction, he concludes: “While there are short term fluctuations in the economies, the long-term drivers indicate positive prospects. Our key markets are in UAE and Saudi Arabia.

He added: "One of our most prominent projects is the Makers District in Abu Dhabi for Imkan Properties. We collaborated with architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) for the creative district that will be located on Reem Island in the capital. We provided lead consultancy as well as engineering design and are now supervising the construction for the project.”

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly podcast series produced by the Construction Week editorial team and published on SoundCloud and iTunes at noon (GST) every Monday.

Business leaders are regular podcast special guests. The weekly bulletin has welcomed the likes of Gurminder Sagoo, client director of WSP; David Cook, the founder and chief executive officer of Contractors Direct; Michiel Raaphorst, the founder and owner of V8 Architects, who is responsible for the design of the Netherlands' Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai site; Ludwig Bouldoukian, Hyatt's regional vice president of development for the Middle East and Africa; and Geetha Nayak and Pratap Mendonca, managing partner and co-founder of Design Infinity.

To volunteer yourself or a colleague as a guest speaker on Construction Week Viewpoint, please contact Ashley Williams or Disha Dadlani.

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