The MEP Consultants Power List for 2023 has been revealed, and it features the most important and forward-thinking design, engineering, and project management consultancies in the electromechanical field of the construction industry in the world. This list has been highly anticipated by many. The purpose of this list is to identify the consultancies that are establishing new benchmarks in terms of quality, project delivery, and strategic consultant services. This list was developed after extensive consultations with key stakeholders, with the final goal of identifying these consultancies.
There are a number of factors that are considered when selecting the consultancies that will be included on the list. These include the consultancies’ financial stability, the size and expertise of their workforce, the magnitude and status of completed and ongoing projects, the value of MEP consultancy contracts, and the degree to which they have embraced digital transformation in order to improve cost and time efficiencies through the adoption of technology.
In addition to these quantitative measures, they have also taken into consideration the reputation of the companies in the market, their capacity to independently bid for design and design-supervision projects, the combined expertise of their senior management, and their participation in projects that are considered to be significant. In addition, the list highlights the consultancies’ commitment to the health and safety of their employees, diversity and inclusion, engagement with stakeholders, energy efficiency, and sustainability.
The fact that this list does not rate the companies or give a particular order of importance is something that should be brought to your attention. Instead, the purpose of this initiative is to acknowledge and recognize the wide variety of consultancies that are making major contributions to the business.
Top MEP Consultants
Since 1948, AECOM has been building a name for itself in the Middle East in the field of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) services. Since 1966, the company has been actively contributing to the MEP sector in the region. AECOM is able to continuously produce high-quality technical solutions and unique project enhancements because it has a workforce that is highly skilled and dedicated to understanding the core objectives of clients from the very beginning of each project. Alternative design possibilities, initiatives for decreasing capital expenses, solutions that are energy efficient, and faster design delivery are some examples of these.
With a staggering revenue of $13.1 billion for the fiscal year 2022, AECOM recorded an amazing performance. In addition, the team has expanded by more than thirty percent over the course of the previous year, and there are plans to continue this expansion in the year 2023. As part of its commitment to promoting diversity, AECOM is making concerted efforts to increase the number of women it employs by offering maternity benefits that are more generous, flexible working arrangements, and unique mentoring opportunities that are reserved only for female employees.
AECOM has made major investments in digital transformation over the course of the past year, which has enabled the company to create building services and aid clients in adopting intelligent and sustainable solutions into their operations. The company also has a continual emphasis on sustainability in every facet of its operations, including the promotion of renewable energy, the development of performance-based engineering, the investigation of innovative materials and technologies, and the exploration of new materials.
In addition, the company presented ScopeXTM, a cutting-edge program that takes into account both embodied and operational carbon across the entirety of the project lifespan. ScopeXTM is an innovative attempt to decrease carbon through design. ScopeXTM wants to reduce the amount of energy that is used, maximize the usage of renewable power sources, and improve natural habitats in order to get rid of carbon emissions. This will be accomplished by analyzing the materials, site locations, logistics, and construction procedures.
A themed attraction and media zone in the United Arab Emirates, comprehensive solutions for the Ministry of Transport and Communication in Qatar, and the prestigious Diriyah Square development in Saudi Arabia were among the more significant mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects that the company completed in 2022. The company has an impressive track record of delivering large, complex projects across a variety of industries. A Platinum LEED rating was also acquired by the team for the Mall of Oman, which had just recently finished being constructed. This makes it the largest building in Oman to be accorded this special recognition.
AECOM has been embracing digital transformation over the course of the past year. They have been using Revizto to monitor the progress of the design, implement procedures that avoid clashes, and develop automation tools that are beneficial to both themselves and the client. Additionally, the organization is concentrating on the design of buildings that are optimized to reduce the amount of energy and water that is utilized, which is in line with the principles of the circular economy.
Carbon-positive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) solutions are being investigated by the company in order to lessen the amount of embodied carbon that is associated with MEP systems and services. Additionally, they intend to continue extending the size of their staff as well as the prospects for internal development, as well as to submit bids for additional work in the region’s thriving project market.
When it comes to leadership, the team is led by Reid Donovan, who is the operations director for Building Services, and Jonathan Roberts, who is the technical director. When Donovan was questioned about the pain problems that the MEP industry has to solve, he mentioned that the business is experiencing a skill-shortage gap. In order to combat this trend, AECOM is separating itself from other consultants by taking a distinct approach to digitisation and environmental, social, and governance issues.
CONSISTENT ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS
Consistent Engineering Consultants was established in Dubai in 2007 by Sagar Kulkarni, who had more than 10 years of experience working as an engineer in both India and the United Arab Emirates.
Consistent is currently conducting business through its offices in Dubai, Mumbai, and Dammam. The company has a team of more than one hundred professionals who are working on a diverse portfolio of projects. These projects include hotels, high-rise residential developments, townships, villa clusters, hospitals, educational institutions, warehouses, commercial establishments, data centers, and retail chain outlets.
The operational base of Consistent is still expanding, and the company has successfully delivered a variety of projects in countries such as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), India, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Seychelles, Morocco, and South Korea with success. For the purpose of concentrating on systems and enhancing overall performance, the organization has implemented ISO 9001, ISO 14001-2018, ISO 45001-2018, and ISO 50001-2018 compliance standards. Additionally, Consistent has registered itself as an ESCO with all of the important super ESCOs and regulators in the United Arab Emirates.
Along with the design of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems (MEP), Consistent is also working with clients to conduct energy audits and establish Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) and Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM) for facility owners. In addition, the company is introducing sustainable practices. As part of its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the company has also earned LEED certifications for its employees and customers. Additionally, Consistent plans to concentrate on and provide assistance in the process of enhancing the performance of existing buildings and lowering emissions of greenhouse gases.
Consistent has a strong belief in the importance of training its team members and has been making a concerted effort to incorporate new technology during the course of its existence. The team has obtained a variety of accreditations, including LEED AP, WELL AP, Estidama PQP, CEM, CEA, BEAP, BCxP, CMVP, MS. Energy, and Solar PV specialist, which allows for in-depth examination of the projects. These accreditations were obtained by the team through the facilitation of sponsored training in which its members participated.
In order to improve the overall quality of their deliverables, the organization has included Building Information Modeling into their project processes. The team is not only making use of BIM modeling, but they are also making use of a variety of software tools in order to improve the engineering outputs they are producing. Through the utilization of IES software, Consistent is providing support to its clients by developing baseline and recommended models that are in accordance with AHRAE 90.1 requirements. Using PVsyst, the company is doing research on the creation of renewable energy through photovoltaic solar panels, while Amtech is working to optimize the distribution of electrical power.
According to Kulkarni, “There is a requirement for the implementation of new technology and digitalization in the construction industry due to the introduction of BIM and the changing trends in the construction industry.” It is important for stakeholders to maintain transparency and vigilance when it comes to the evaluation of performance using benchmarking systems for both newly acquired and already existing assets, and to take remedial steps at an early time. Additionally, there is a need to increase understanding about sustainability because fallacies concerning energy efficiency and prices are preventing stakeholders from making decisions that are appropriate.
A great value proposition is something that the consultancy is committed to delivering to its clients, and it is also committed to consistently enhancing the quality of its deliverables in order to provide excellent value to its clients.
Cundall, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy, is commemorating over 15 years of operations in the Middle East with great pride. The company has used its experience in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) to build on the foundation of its global business since it was established 46 years ago.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) activities of Cundall have continued to grow over the past year, which is in keeping with the company’s ongoing expansion. The company has also increased its global footprint by creating four new offices throughout the world, one of which is located in Riyadh, which is under the jurisdiction of Saudi Arabia.
Cundall has established itself as one of the most prominent engineering designers in the entertainment business in the area. The company has contributed to a number of famous projects, such as the plan for the Greater Muscat Structure and other gigaprojects in Saudi Arabia. The importance that the company places on providing clients with difficult projects with a fully integrated Lead Design Consultant approach has been a significant contributor to the growth of the company.
According to Scott McKeever, “We are proud to be positioned as one of the leading multidisciplinary consultancies in the region due to our engineering excellence and innovative design approach as a result of our innovative design approach.”
Our team has become the “go-to” Lead Design Consultant across all of our core sectors, and we are honored by the honors we have received from the industry over the course of the past year, including being recognized as the MEP Consultancy of the Year by CIBSE UAE.
As a result of Cundall’s constant dedication to digital innovation, the company has continued to increase its investments in digital engineering tools and capabilities such as artificial intelligence (AI), parametric design, performance simulation, virtual reality (VAR), and computational design.
The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) industry has the opportunity to realize the full potential of digitalization by adopting an approach that is fully integrated. At Cundall, we have already brought about a digital transformation in the manner in which we deliver projects across the entire business,” McKeever explains.
The digital engineering program at Cundall provides its employees with the required abilities to innovate in the manner in which the company delivers the projects of the future to its clients. This is accomplished by cultivating an aligned digital approach from the beginning.
Additionally, Cundall has made significant investments in its Zero Carbon Design 2030 promise. These investments have been made through the upskilling of its employees as well as through engagement with clients and the industry as a whole. This pledge denotes that by the year 2030, each and every project that the worldwide practice creates will be carbon neutral, which is a goal that is both ambitious and vital. The company has made a solid commitment to both leading the decarbonization agenda in the Middle East and North Africa area and moving towards the targets set by the government.
Moreover, McKeever states, “Our most valuable resource is our workforce, and we take immense pride in the fact that we prioritize the health and well-being of our employees.” We recognize that this makes us far stronger and more successful as a business, and as a result, our culture is one in which we promote diversity and inclusivity in order to create a wonderful working environment for our employees.
Cundall makes the observation that the company’s view for the year 2023 is quite positive, and that additional growth is anticipated. Rather than solely concentrating on growing turnover, they stated that one of their top priorities is to continue to deliver on the promise to give the highest value to customers and the built environment by building for a future with net zero emissions and continuing to innovate.
With a strong presence in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman, Meinhardt Group is a prominent provider of comprehensive engineering services in the Middle East and North Africa. The company takes great satisfaction in the fact that its major MEP team and BIM engineers are located at its new headquarters in Dubai. This allows for a level of coordination that can only be accomplished by direct face-to-face connection. Meinhardt has continued to grow and enhance its highly competent and experienced mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) staff over the course of the past year.
Over the course of the past year, the firm has successfully completed a wide variety of difficult and tough projects. These projects include the construction of high-quality structures that feature remarkable details as well as civil engineering megaprojects that have been carried out in a variety of places. Both the Sindalah Island Cluster 5 Four Seasons project in NEOM and the Moro Data Centre project in Dubai were overseen by Meinhardt in his capacity as the lead consultant (LC). In addition, Meinhardt was responsible for providing construction supervision for both projects.
Meinhardt is also working as the LC for the Dhawiyat Data Centre project in Riyadh, which is an ongoing project that is considered to be a substantial undertaking for the Saudi Electricity Company. The company is also the limited liability company for the Thakher City project, which is a mixed-use development consisting of three towers, as well as the MASAR Mall retail development project for Hamat, all of which are located in Makkah.
As the LC for the Oman Data Centre project, Meinhardt is also contributing its expertise to the endeavour, which is anticipated to be finished by the year 2024. In the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry of the region, the firm’s successful participation in a variety of projects is a testament to its knowledge and capabilities.
Aside from being at the forefront of digital transformation, the MEP company has also implemented specialised MEP software that is supported by building information modelling (BIM), computational design, building analytics, and modelling. In order to calculate building thermal loads for projects, the company developed the IES programme. This software offers a more precise estimate, which in turn leads to designs that are more efficient and lower construction costs for customers. In-house design optimisation and validation can also be accomplished by Meinhardt with the help of IES software. This can be accomplished through the use of CFD modelling, SunCast analysis, energy modelling, and natural ventilation simulations.
The company seeks to incorporate ecologically sustainable ideas that are also socially responsible and commercially feasible in its engineering designs. Sustainability is a key component of the company’s engineering designs of products. Because of this, the company has successfully completed a number of LEED-certified projects and begun the construction of net-zero facilities in order to lessen its carbon footprint.
Meinhardt is dedicated to the Zero Carbon Design 2030 initiative, which has the objective of designing with zero carbon emissions in mind for every project by the year 2030. As an additional point of interest, the company specialised in data centres and works towards the creation of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the industry. They make certain that the overall power consumption of data centres is optimised with the end-users and customers in mind. Its Moro Data Centre project in Dubai, which was just recently finished and is both LEED-certified and totally powered by solar energy, was realised by implementing the most recent methods in order to drive the design towards optimal power utilisation efficiency (PUE).
The message that Meinhardt is trying to convey to the industry is that even in a fast-paced environment, it is necessary to make sure that projects are executed without sacrificing quality. Meinhardt is now able to conduct most disciplines, including structural and architecture, under one roof, which improves the convenience and quality of inter-discipline collaboration. The company also remarked that its shift to a larger office has brought about an increase in its competence.
AESG, a company that specialises in consulting, engineering, and advisory services, has had exceptional success as an organisation that is focused on the global market. The company has already achieved approximately 15–20 percent growth for the year 2023. In the year 2022, the company experienced a growth in headcount and revenue that was twice as high throughout all markets, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Saeed Al Abbar, the CEO of AESG, has been instrumental in the company’s realisation of numerous key milestones.
The fact that AESG has made investments in digital technology for use in the built environment is one of the primary reasons for the company’s success. In order to accomplish its objectives, the company makes use of a wide range of cutting-edge tools, including parametric design, performance simulation artificial intelligence, digital twins, parametric scripting, computational design, building analytics, Internet of Things integration, Autodesk Revit, Dynamo, Rhino, Grasshopper, and IES Virtual Environment. These tools are utilised to optimise the performance of buildings and reduce their contribution to the environment.
The company is of the opinion that the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) sector possesses a tremendous potential for digitalization. It also emphasises the importance of adopting a comprehensive strategy in order to make the most of the advantages offered by digital tools, performance simulation, and parametric optimisation.
A further factor that contributes to AESG’s success is the company’s people-centric approach, which acknowledges that its personnel are the company’s most significant assets.
AESG has recently introduced cost management (CM) consultancy services in response to the demands of the industry. These services are intended to maximise cost efficiency and reduce risks for a variety of construction projects, including new developments, asset refurbishments, and financial feasibility studies, among others. As inflation continues to rise, interruptions in supply chains continue to occur, and there is an increasing emphasis on reaching Net Zero targets, this service solves these concerns.
AESG has also been successful in obtaining the National Centre for Environmental Compliance (NCEC) Certification from the Government of Saudi Arabia. This certification enables AESG’s qualified team of environmental scientists, engineers, and experts to guide developers in the process of bringing the kingdom’s impressive giga-projects to life. Additionally, the company has been acknowledged for its proficiency in the field of fire and life safety, and in July of 2022, it joined the ranks of the first overseas consultants to receive certification from Saudi Civil Defence.
Additionally, in light of the fact that the United Arab Emirates is hosting the 28th Conference of Parties (COP 28) this year, AESG is working very closely with a number of customers to assist in driving the decarbonisation agenda in the region and beyond. The company continues to be devoted to providing cutting-edge advisory services in the markets that it serves.
BLACK & WHITE ENGINEERING
Black & White Engineering is a multinational engineering and construction (MEP) consultancy that has created a strong presence in new countries with current clients. Mick Cairns, the CEO of the company, is in charge of the company. In addition to its primary line of business, the company also runs a prosperous commissioning business in the Middle East, where it provides services to customers with locations in Europe and the area.
As a result of their competence in complicated engineering design solutions, Black & White Engineering has established themselves as a prominent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) firm in the region. Additionally, they are recognised as a knowledgeable consultancy for the construction of highly robust buildings and data centres. As a result of this reputation, they have become the company of choice for customers who are looking for expertise in these areas.
In the Middle East, Black & White Engineering is active in a wide variety of industries, with a special emphasis on technology, which is an area in which they anticipate significant growth on a worldwide scale. Their strategy for conducting business is centred on the formation of a specialised team that is able to maintain a precise concentration on particular industries. In order to offer its engineers with the opportunity to get experience in a variety of environments, standards, and needs, they encourage employee mobility and provide exposure to projects across their worldwide organisation. This strategy improves the knowledge and competence of their team, which provides them with an advantage over their competitors when it comes to supplying customers all over the world.
The fact that Black & White Engineering celebrated its 15th anniversary in July is evidence of the company’s ongoing expansion in terms of the number of employees, the number of customers, and the commercial success it has achieved. They have distinguished themselves as one of the most successful independent MEP engineering enterprises operating on a global scale as a result of this success.
As a result of their “one team” approach, which allows them to tap into expertise from any location at any time and provide round-the-clock customer care, they are able to quickly react to change and deliver constant expert knowledge. This is one of the important reasons that contributes to their success.
A commitment to environmentally responsible design techniques is made by the company, which also provides designs that are compliant and are based on internationally acknowledged methodologies for environmental assessment.
These energy-saving techniques, which include the utilisation of redundant equipment during normal operation, enhanced chilled water temperatures, and free cooling, have all contributed to a significant improvement in the power utilisation efficiency (PUE) of their designs. Their expertise in data centre projects is obvious in the energy-saving approaches that they use.
The famous global engineering consultancy known as Buro Happold brings together specialists from a wide range of fields in order to handle difficult technical challenges all around the world.
At the 2022 MEP Middle East Awards, the company was recognised as the Highly Commended MEP Consultancy of the Year. This distinction was bestowed onto the entire organisation.
Comprehensive engineering services for complete developments, buildings, and infrastructure are provided by Buro Happold, which has a presence in multiple international offices. These services include specialised areas such as acoustics, airport planning, asset management, building information modelling (BIM) and data management, building services engineering (MEP), computational analysis, design project management, energy consulting, environmental consultancy, facade engineering, fire engineerin
The portfolio of Buro Happold contains a remarkable assortment of illustrious projects in the region. Some of these projects include the Museum of the Future, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Red Sea Project, and the BEEAH headquarters building project, amongst others. In order to meet the specific issues that are given, each project is approached with a specialised team consisting of the most qualified engineers and specialists recruited from the company’s global practice.
The expertise of the company has been recognised through a variety of honours, one of which is the Museum of the Future project, which was awarded distinction in the area of Plumbing Project of the Year at the MEP Awards 2022. This year, the title of MEP Executive of the Year was bestowed to Gavin Loy, who is the director of building environments at Buro Happold. Additionally, Czarina Copiaco, who is also employed by the company, was honoured as the Young Engineer of the Year. Additionally, Ashveen Jeetun was recognised as the Technical Manager of the Year who received the highest praise at the awards ceremony.
In addition, Buro Happold is an expert in project management and advisory services, risk and resilience, security and technology, SMART space, structural engineering, sustainability, transportation and mobility, waste management, and water engineering, amongst other areas of expertise. Buro Happold is able to give comprehensive solutions to challenging technical challenges across a variety of industries thanks to the vast range of experiences and knowledge that it possesses.
A reputation as a world-class consulting has been earned by Buro Happold as a result of their track record of delivering projects of a high quality, their staff of excellent engineers, and their competence in a variety of technical disciplines.
GODWIN AUSTEN JOHNSON
Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) is a prominent architecture firm that operates across multiple disciplines and has its headquarters in Dubai. The company has a significant presence in the Middle East and North Africa region. With more than thirty years of experience in the Middle East, GAJ has established itself as a reliable name in the business. It is well-known for its architecture and MEP practice, which has won numerous awards.
The GAJ has demonstrated growth from the previous year, with a 10% increase, and a similar prognosis is anticipated for the year 2023. With a strong emphasis on quality, internal quality control methods, and risk management, the company has been actively involved in projects in important markets such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
As the Partner – Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) at GAJ, Alaa Abdelmohsen Sayed is in charge of the MEP team. He has more than twenty years of expertise in the areas of leadership, design, and the execution of MEP services on a variety of projects. GAJ takes an end-to-end strategy, which means that architects and engineers work together to achieve an integrated design and construction process. They do this by using their knowledge from the design phase all the way through to the implementation phase on-site.
The portfolio of GAJ includes a diverse range of projects, such as the Warner Bros Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn in Riyadh, The Palace hotel in Dubai, Dubai College, and Arcadia High School, which was the first school in the Middle East to receive the LEED V4 (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification. These projects demonstrate the company’s dedication to environmentally responsible design and design that is environmentally conscious.
The sustainable design approach taken by GAJ places an emphasis on optimising lighting, internal heat control, and indoor air quality (IAQ) in order to create interior settings that are productive, efficient, and healthy. The company makes consistent investments in the development of its BIM capability as well as its thermal analysis capability through the use of software.
When it comes to designing and delivering mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, GAJ makes use of a variety of design technologies, such as AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Revit, Sketchup Pro 2020, DIAlux Evo DIAL, and Adobe Creative Cloud, in order to provide solutions that are both inventive and technology-driven.
Because GAJ places a significant amount of importance on Occupational Health and Safety as well as Environmental Sustainability, the company is committed to offering services that are founded on these values. When it comes to the design and delivery of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, GAJ underlines the importance of fostering more innovation and the adoption of technology-driven solutions.
grfn is an independent progressive consultant that offers engineering, design solutions, and advisory services that are naturally energy-efficient and sustainable. They also provide value that is both real and quantifiable across the whole lifecycle of projects. Through the efforts of its staff of highly skilled designers, engineers, and technical consultants, the company provides solutions to customers all over the world and in the surrounding areas.
The company has worked as MEP consultants in a variety of industries, including commercial, residential, hospitality, warehouses, and villas, and it has recently supervised the correction of HVAC systems in over 685 villas in Mudon Arabella. The firm has developed and supervised the construction of structures with a value of up to 400 million AED.
As well as providing design consultants and technical consultants for BOOT contracts, grfn has been providing consulting services to clients in other industries on the new construction of medium to large-scale district cooling facilities in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Together with Emicool and Tabreed, they also aim to enhance the operating efficiency of plants that are already in operation, including those that are owned by developers.
grfn works with clients on their strategy, providing them with innovative, practical, constructable, and feasible solutions that improve their performance and that of their projects against a variety of key performance indicators (KPIs). This is accomplished by drawing on their comprehensive experience in Energy Efficiency, Engineering, Architecture, and Interior Design.
In addition to other sustainability consultancy projects with Green Coast (LEED Gold) and Al Nawras (Estidama Rating), the company is currently working with Aldar Properties to implement the LEED certification process for their building stock. Additionally, the company is providing sustainability and design energy efficiency consultancy services to a number of large-scale lead consultants in the region.
grfn has a proven track record of effectively managing energy retrofits for large-scale projects. Additionally, the company offers professional advise on project management and technical matters to developers and other stakeholders. The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Aldar Properties, ADNOC, TECOM, Aqaar, and Emicool are just a few of the major clients that they have worked with.
In addition to providing consulting services for policies and activities that are designed to create efficient demand-side management strategies across a variety of pillars, the company is working on an advisory level with governmental authorities in order to develop energy efficiency-related tools such as Building Energy Rating Systems.
IAN BANHAM & ASSOCIATES
Ian Banham & Associates (IBA), a specialised building services (MEP) consulting firm with its headquarters in Dubai, has established itself as a well-known name in the MEP industry. The company has been in business for more than 47 years. IBA has a track record that speaks for itself, having successfully completed over 3500 projects for a large number of returning clients across the Middle East and North Africa region.
Because of their extensive history, IBA is able to capitalise on their vast knowledge while simultaneously embracing the most recent technological advancements in order to provide new design solutions. The highly experienced management team that IBA possesses is the company’s most important asset. This team includes some of the most accomplished engineers in the area, as well as seasoned experts who are supplemented by young and energetic brains.
IBA is able to provide a wide variety of services, one of which is the design and supervision of mechanical and electrical systems and installations for buildings and specialist facilities. In this context, “feasibility studies,” “investigative reports,” “conceptual designs,” “cost estimates and analysis,” “production of specifications and bills of quantities,” “bids evaluation and recommendation,” “contract negotiations,” “detailed designs,” “working drawings and 3D models,” “project management,” “supervision,” and “site management” are all included.
Ithra Dubai’s Deira Waterfront Development, the Crowne Plaza Redevelopment, the University of Birmingham, and the Four Seasons Residence in Dubai, the Traditional Souq in Abu Dhabi, and the Al Salam mixed-use development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are just some of the projects that are included in the impressive portfolio of projects that IBA has completed.
IBA is committed to investing in the training of their personnel in order to ensure that they are fully up-to-date with the most recent breakthroughs in the business and to further enhance their BIM capabilities. This is in addition to the fact that they have knowledge in the sector. Moreover, the International Business Association (IBA) has established lofty sustainability goals, which demonstrates its dedication to both social and environmental responsibility.
The long-standing presence of IBA in the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) business, the experienced management team, the comprehensive services, the significant project portfolio, and the dedication to remaining at the forefront of industry developments and sustainability have all contributed to the company’s recognition in the region.
KEO INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS
Since its founding in 1964, KEO International Consultants, a recognised company that specialises in planning, design, engineering, and project management, has been at the forefront of developing some of the most ambitious projects, iconic attractions, and prosperous communities in the world. The remarkable work that KEO has done in the industry has earned it recognition, and the company has been praised for its strong dedication to both innovation and sustainability.
The 2022 MEP Middle East Awards presented KEO IC with the title of MEP Consultancy of the Year, thereby reiterating the company’s status as a prominent participant in the industry.
A wide variety of projects, such as high-end luxury hotels and residential megaprojects, are included in the portfolio of the company. These projects have been powered fully by solar photovoltaic farms, and they have incorporated innovative techniques to acquire dark sky sustainability credits.
As part of its efforts to reduce environmental pollution, KEO has also been helpful in the design of projects that make use of off-site manufacturing and renewable energy sources. These projects are in accordance with both local and international regulations.
KEO has been involved in a number of noteworthy projects, some of which include the ADEC headquarters in Abu Dhabi, The Louvre in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, Al Mouj in Muscat, Recreation Club in Ras Al Hamra, Oman, Sheikh Zayed bridge in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait International Airport, and Dubai Hills Estate Central Park in Dubai, amongst others.
Additionally, the company has been instrumental in the construction of a number of notable projects, including the Dubai Expo Village project, which was awarded a sustainability award, the Aykon City Tower in Dubai, the Abraj Quartier Residential Towers in Doha, the Kuwait Business Town Tower 6, the Sheraton facade unification project in Kuwait, and the Mall of Qatar – Grand Zone project, amongst many others.
KEO International Consultants, a company that is considered to be a leader in the industry, continues to push the limits of innovation, sustainability, and excellence in the areas of planning, design, engineering, and project management. KEO’s contribution to altering the built environment throughout the world is unique, and the company’s unwavering dedication to creating amazing experiences and flourishing communities is a testament to the remarkable heritage it has accumulated over the course of more than half a century from its founding.
KHATIB & ALAMI
An multinational multi-disciplinary design consultant with activities across the Middle East and Africa, Levant, Central and South-East Asia, and Europe, Khatib & Alami (K&A) has been actively engaged in the region’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) business for more than half a century.
The Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) division of the company has collaborated on a number of big and revolutionary projects around the region, demonstrating their proficiency in a variety of geographical areas.
The provision of safe and clean water to the population of Basra, which numbered four million people, was one of the most remarkable accomplishments of K&A. This was accomplished in Iraq, where the city had been experiencing water scarcity for thirty years. K&A has successfully finished the construction of the Bahr Al Baqar Wastewater Treatment Plant in Egypt. This facility has the capability to treat 1.25 million cubic metres of wastewater on a daily basis, which opens the door for the irrigation of more than 1,400 kilometres of farmland along the Suez Canal. It is anticipated that this project will result in the creation of jobs, advancement of prosperity, reduction of pollution, and support of Egypt’s efforts to achieve greater self-sufficiency.
Additionally, K&A has been involved in a number of projects in the Middle East and North Africa region. Some of these projects include the Tatweer Schools (Wave1) in Saudi Arabia, the Basra infrastructure project in Iraq, and the Al Jahra Waterfront Development in Kuwait, among so many others. With the help of these initiatives, the company has demonstrated its capacity to present its skills in a variety of geographical locations.
The MENA area has demonstrated extraordinary resilience in spite of the difficulties that have been encountered in recent years. K&A acknowledges the potential of the region and the opportunity it offers for engineers, designers, and project managers to work on projects that are both interesting and complicated. The organisation is dedicated to providing its customers with high levels of service, and it eagerly anticipates the opportunity to contribute to the actualization of their goals and aspirations.
The MEP industry has been a part of Khatib & Alami’s existence for a very long time. There have been big projects that have had a good impact on communities and economies, and the company has been an integral part of such efforts. Through the application of its knowledge and dedication to quality, K&A is well positioned to continue providing support to its clients and making a contribution to the growth of the location.
Located in the United Kingdom, Mott MacDonald is a consulting firm that specialises in engineering and product development. For more than half a century, the firm has been actively involved in activities regarding the Middle East.
The organisation is well-known for its proficiency in a wide range of services, including but not limited to planning, studies and design, project finance, technical advisory, project and programme management, and management consultancy.
Mott MacDonald, which has a workforce of more than 18,000 people across the world, places a significant amount of importance on the retention of workers, the expansion of project value, and the participation in difficult design projects in the region, notably in the hotel and healthcare industries.
During the year 2022, the corporation was involved in a diverse array of projects, some of which included major sporting arenas, business park developments, mall refurbishments, luxury hospitality and residential projects, and mega projects in Saudi Arabia.
Keeping a concentration on critical healthcare, food security, sports, arts and culture, and residential developments, Mott MacDonald is concentrating on design automation, continuing to work within the refurbishment sector to unleash energy-saving potential and lower carbon footprints, and retaining a focus on residential developments.
Throughout the process of digital transformation, the organisation has been at the forefront. Additionally, Mott MacDonald is working on the development of a number of tools that will drastically cut down on the amount of time spent modelling. In addition, the company is also working on building and using scripts to increase the speed of design and coordination, as well as promoting virtual reality in order to engage customers, improve project coordination, and achieve real-scale review.
Every project that Mott MacDonald undertakes is carried out in a digital format, which enables genuine interaction and connection across the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), digital, and sustainability (domain and digital), as well as the delivery of innovative and one-of-a-kind insights and possibilities that resonate with customers.
For the past five years, Mott MacDonald has maintained its ISO:19650 accreditation. It is clear from this that the organisation is responsible for managing, coordinating, and organising the information for usage throughout the whole project lifespan.
P&T ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS
The MEP Division of P&T Architects and Engineers has been actively operating in the Middle East region for the past twenty years. More specifically, the division has been operating in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. Rehan Shahid, who is the MEP director for the MEA region and has more than thirty years of experience in the industry, has been in charge of the management of this division.
In addition to its primary focus on the hospitality, commercial, and healthcare industries, the company has been expanding its service offerings into the specialised market of data centres. It provides a variety of services under one roof, such as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis for optimising data hall conditions, and LEED consultancy services.
Among the many notable projects that P&T Architects and Engineers has worked on, some of the most notable ones include the Dubai CommerCity, the Saudi Arabian Security Forces Medical City, the Anantara Mina Al Arab, the Intercontinental Hotel Resort in RAK, the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel, and the commercial and residential towers in City of Lights – Al Reem Island.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technologies have been effectively implemented in one of the company’s projects for the purpose of increasing chiller plant efficiencies. The company has been aggressively integrating general and specialised software in its operations. Using portable smart devices, the operations crew makes use of augmented reality (AR) to read real-time metrics on the plant floor. These parameters include flow, pressure, temperature, and the status of pieces of equipment.
The organisation focuses a significant amount of importance on energy efficiency and sustainability in the projects that it undertakes. This includes including measures such as water conservation, extensive daylight analysis, CFD modelling for comfort analysis, and life cycle evaluation from the very beginning of the design procedures.
P&T Architects and Engineers has recently established its third office in the Middle East and North Africa region, which is situated in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This move was made as part of the company’s expansion goals. The company’s presence in the kingdom is strengthened with the opening of this new office, which builds on the company’s existing operations in Dubai (which were founded in 2004) and Abu Dhabi (which were established in 2007).
A decade ago, the company created its first project in Saudi Arabia, which was the Burj Rafal. This gives the company a long history in the country. Since then, the company has proceeded to tackle other significant projects, offering clients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia both creative design and technical delivery competence.
In Saudi Arabia, the workforce of the company, which includes individuals with both domestic and foreign experience, is now engaged in the process of working on projects in Riyadh and Madinah. They are dedicated to providing design and consultation services that meet the highest possible standards.
Beginning in 2005, Ramboll has been a multinational engineering and consulting firm that has been working in the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) industry in the Middle East for more than 18 years. Ramboll has established itself as a prominent MEP consultant in the region by establishing a significant presence in these three countries: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
The new strategy that Ramboll implemented in 2022 was called “The Partner for Sustainable Change,” and it reflected the company’s commitment to assisting customers and stakeholders in making the transition to a more sustainable future.
Ramboll’s expertise in sustainable design methods and energy analysis is one of the business’s most important strengths. This expertise enables the company to provide its customers with solutions that are both innovative and adapted to their specific needs. In addition, Ramboll has made investments in cutting-edge technologies such as parametric design and automation in order to strengthen its skills in terms of project management and communication, as well as to further improve the efficiency and accuracy of its projects.
There are a number of noteworthy projects that Ramboll has worked on in the Middle East, including as the Jumeirah Gate in Dubai, The Cove Marina, Mina Plaza Demolition, The Avenues Khobar, and Mekar’s District in Abu Dhabi.
Ramboll has made the digital transformation of the industry a central component of its group strategy for the years 2022 to 2025 as part of its commitment to promoting digital transformation in the industry. Technology, according to the corporation, has the potential to improve the quality of results that are delivered to customers, to simplify the delivery of projects, and to enable unprecedented levels of collaboration.
The mission of Ramboll is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, construct societies that are resilient and habitable, provide protection for ecosystems and biodiversity, and encourage methods that promote resource management and circular economies. In order to provide exceptional value and go above the expectations of the client, the company works hard to optimise project management, improve communication with clients and stakeholders, and maintain the highest standards of quality and safety.
The company Ramboll is also dedicated to minimising its negative effects on the environment by implementing design approaches that are energy-efficient. With the help of strategic alliances, the company has broadened its software offering, with a particular emphasis on capabilities related to parametric modelling, automation, and digital twinning. These skills are used to simulate designs and optimise operational energy performance.
Embedded carbon optimisation is another priority for Ramboll, which is accomplished through the use of modular designs and the specification of local materials during the first phases of construction.
Within the Middle East mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) market, SSH, a prominent multifunctional consulting organisation, has been actively involved for 62 years. The company has effectively restructured its operations over the course of the past year in order to establish a delivery model that is more nimble and resilient, while also retaining a strong emphasis on the customer, despite the volatility of the external market and the issues that have arisen within the company.
They have been able to foresee the market’s recovery and position themselves advantageously with both existing and new customers by concentrating on the perceived value of their use. This has been one of their most significant triumphs. SSH takes the time to listen, learn, and innovate in order to handle the increasingly complex difficulties that the building services industry in the region is currently facing. This is done in order to resist the temptation to return to business as usual.
SSH has an impressive portfolio of projects, some of which include the Sheraton Hotel in Madinah, which is a five-star establishment; the Rua Al Madinah in Saudi Arabia; the Nikki Beach Resort and Spa, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences in Oman; the Hessah AlMubarak in Kuwait; the Hilton Garden Inn in Bahrain; J1 Beach, Dubai Creek Harbour in Dubai; and the Kuwait Children’s Hospital.
When it comes to the operations of SSH, technology plays a significant role. The firm has adopted a cloud-first strategy, which has enabled it to be at the forefront of digital transformation. BIM technologies and programmes, such as Autodesk’s AEC collection suite, which includes AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, Navisworks, 3ds Max, and Infraworks, are utilised for the majority of SSH’s projects. Additionally, Bentley Systems software is utilised for the design of infrastructure.
When it comes to managing its projects and conducting its business, SSH takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability. When it comes to the design process, creativity, engineering efficiency, and innovation are all equally valued stakeholders. This helps to ensure that architectural and specialised engineering disciplines are harmoniously interwoven.
Additionally, in order to lessen the carbon footprint that is associated with the supply chain, SSH actively implements technologies that bring about greater energy efficiency and sources engineering items from local manufacturing facilities.
With an eye towards the future, SSH intends to increase its position and expand its marketing efforts in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with the primary objective of becoming a Partner of Choice for customers in the delivery of their ambitious programmes. Africa and other emerging markets are also areas in which the company sees prospects, and it is continuing to evaluate the opportunities that exist in these countries.
WME BY EGIS GROUP
WME is a multi-disciplinary engineering and construction firm that offers integrated engineering solutions for the built environment in South Asia and the Middle East. It is a subsidiary of the Egis Group, which is a multinational corporation.
With a decade of experience in the area, WME is well-known for its expertise in performance, economics, and sustainability. Additionally, the company works in collaboration with specialists in a variety of technical disciplines, including facade, fire, building physics, environmental, and sustainability engineering. Over 16,000 people are employed by the Egis Group, which is a global engineering and consulting organisation that offers services in the fields of transportation, buildings, water, environment, energy, and industry. The Egis Group has a presence in more than 120 countries and recently bought the corporation.
WME was pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Cathrine as their new UAE – MEP Director earlier this year. Lead Design Consultancy, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), Structural Engineering, Master Planning, Roads and Infrastructure, Building Services, AOR Services, AV/IT and Security Engineering, Roads and Infrastructure, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Civil Engineering, and other areas of expertise are among the areas in which its engineers have particular expertise.
In order to fulfil their commitment to digitization, WME has developed a Digital Delivery Team that is solely responsible for the creation and implementation of new workflows. These workflows are intended to streamline and improve the design process of the MEP team. Their continual efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of their services have been aided by this, which has contributed to their efforts.
WME has been chosen to offer lead consultancy design and site supervision for various projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. There is a track record of effective project management that WME has achieved. Building services for the Amaala Wellness Core Hotel, the Amaala Beach Resort Hotel, important cultural attractions, and the Yas Waterpark Expansion in Abu Dhabi are among the projects that are now under construction. Furthermore, WME was responsible for providing all Building Services and AV/IT engineering assistance, which included Sustainable Design for various pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai. Additionally, they were responsible for a significant cultural project on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.
Because of their multi-disciplinary approach and skill in a variety of technical disciplines, WME has established themselves as a reliable partner for clients, developers, and architects in the region.
WSP IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Among the most prominent professional services companies in the world, WSP has established itself as a regional powerhouse not just in the Middle East’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) sector, but also in the worldwide construction industry. The company has over 66,000 employees working in more than 500 locations located in more than 40 countries.
Having a 360-strong Building Services team across the Middle East, the company recently announced critical hires in the leadership of its Building Services team. These appointments are intended to further support significant organic development and a real focus on high quality project execution. In his current role as Director of Building Services, Naji Zerbe, an established leader who has more than 25 years of experience in the region and more than 15 years of experience working with WSP Middle East, is concentrating on improving the strategic roadmap of Property & Buildings. Furthermore, in order to provide assistance for Zerbe, Drew Tinsley, who has been employed by WSP since 2015 and has seventeen years of experience in the business, has been promoted to the position of Head of Building Services.
Engineers, architects, scientists, urban planners, environmental specialists, and professionals in design, programme, and construction management are all members of WSP’s highly qualified and well-respected team of technical experts and strategic advisers. This network of professionals has helped WSP acquire a reputation for its exceptional capabilities and expertise.
Notable projects that WSP Middle East has been actively involved in include the high-profile Guggenheim and Zayed National Museums on Saadiyat Island, Majid Al Futtaim’s ongoing enhancements at the Mall of the Emirates, Ithra Dubai’s One Za’abeel, and Red Sea Global’s flagship Desert Rock Resort. Additionally, WSP Middle East has been involved in a number of mega-projects under the umbrella of Saudi Arabia’s Private Investment Fund, working alongside some of the most prominent architects in the world.
The team at WSP continues to be dedicated to enhancing industry benchmarks, and a significant number of their specialists have contributed to the CIBSE’s Minimum Design Standards for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
With a long history of continual expansion and an unrelenting dedication to future-proofing the world’s cities and environment, WSP continues to be pushed towards the goal of making positive and long-lasting impacts on the communities it serves via a culture that emphasises innovation, integrity, and inclusivity.
In conclusion, the world’s top MEP consultancies play a pivotal role in shaping the built environment by providing innovative solutions, technical expertise, and sustainable designs. Their commitment to excellence, coupled with a global presence and diverse portfolio, positions them as leaders in the field, driving forward the standards of efficiency, safety, and environmental stewardship in construction projects worldwide. As we continue to witness advancements in technology and evolving industry demands, these consultancies remain at the forefront, navigating complexities and delivering exceptional results that shape the future of infrastructure and architecture on a global scale.
What defines a top MEP consultancy, and how are they distinguished in the industry?
A top MEP consultancy is characterized by its expertise in providing comprehensive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services for construction projects. They are distinguished by their track record of delivering innovative solutions, technical proficiency, and adherence to industry standards.
What factors contribute to the ranking of MEP consultancies on a global scale?
Factors such as project portfolio, client satisfaction, technical capabilities, industry recognition, and geographic reach contribute to the ranking of MEP consultancies on a global scale.
How do top MEP consultancies stay ahead of technological advancements and industry trends?
Top MEP consultancies invest in research and development, continuous training for staff, and collaborations with technology providers to stay abreast of technological advancements and industry trends.
What are some notable projects that top MEP consultancies have been involved in?
Notable projects may include iconic skyscrapers, large-scale infrastructure developments, sustainable buildings, and landmark structures in various sectors such as healthcare, education, commercial, and residential.
How do top MEP consultancies ensure compliance with local building codes and regulations across different regions?
Top MEP consultancies employ experts with knowledge of local regulations and codes in each region where they operate. They conduct thorough research and liaise with local authorities to ensure compliance in their designs and implementations.
What role do sustainability and energy efficiency play in the services provided by top MEP consultancies?
Sustainability and energy efficiency are integral to the services provided by top MEP consultancies. They prioritize environmentally friendly designs, energy-efficient systems, and renewable energy integration to minimize environmental impact and reduce operating costs for clients.
How do top MEP consultancies approach complex and large-scale projects to ensure successful outcomes?
Top MEP consultancies employ a multidisciplinary approach, leveraging their expertise in MEP engineering, project management, and collaboration with other stakeholders to address complexities, mitigate risks, and deliver successful outcomes within budget and schedule constraints.
What sets apart the methodologies and approaches of top MEP consultancies from other firms in the industry?
Top MEP consultancies differentiate themselves through their innovative methodologies, cutting-edge technology adoption, commitment to quality assurance, and client-centric approach, which prioritize understanding client needs and delivering tailored solutions.
How do top MEP consultancies prioritize client needs and deliver tailored solutions to meet their requirements?
Top MEP consultancies engage clients through comprehensive consultations, conduct thorough needs assessments, and develop customized solutions that align with client goals, budget constraints, and project specifications.
What are some key challenges faced by top MEP consultancies in today’s evolving construction landscape, and how do they address them?
Key challenges may include technological disruptions, changing regulations, sustainability demands, and talent acquisition. Top MEP consultancies address these challenges through ongoing innovation, adaptation to market dynamics, strategic partnerships, and investments in talent development.
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