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360 Mall SSH was assigned to lead the refurbishment of four different components in Kuwait’s 360 Mall by Tamdeen, the real estate company. Cinemas SSH was appointed to carry out the design development, construction supervision and project management services for the fit-out of 360 Mall’s Cinema Multiplex by Kuwait National Cinema Complex. Taking the already established high-quality brand, with its unique design intended to enhance the experience, the new concept features dark spaces creatively illuminated to establish the scene and pre-empt the customer’s expectations and experience. The concept serves a number of public and private function cinemas, VIP cinemas and an IMAX cinema. The public access and facilities are arranged in a tall linear form and finished with cool reflective surfaces to provide a stark contrast with the cinema screens.
6.5 Ring Road and East Extension
6.5 Ring Road and East Extension The existing 6th Ring Road is running at an unacceptable level of service between Sabah Al Nasser and South Khaytan areas during the three peak periods of the day. Inorder to alleviate this traffic congestion and the traffic conditions in the area, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), has recommended the implementation of a new 6.5 Ring Road which will run parallel to the 6th Ring Road.
Al Madina Al Shamaliya Islands
Al Madina Al Shamaliya Islands Al Madina Al Shamaliya (AMAS) is a mixed-use development project creating a new urban town located on reclaimed land off the northern coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain. AMAS Islands 13 & 14 (East) is expected to deliver approximately 2000 housing units under an affordable-housing scheme by the Ministry of Housing.
Al Mouj Muscat
Al Mouj Muscat SSH was awarded the design of Zunairah Villas and Juman One residential block at Al Mouj Muscat (formally known as The Wave Muscat), a public-private venture between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and Majid Al Futtaim Properties (based in the UAE). SSH was appointed to design two villa prototypes to be used in the latest addition to Al Mouj Muscat community master plan; Zunairah, a limited collection of exclusive beachfront villas. Split into two zones, Z1 with a total built-up area of approximately 900 sqm, and Z2 with a 1800 sqm built-up area, the prototypes are designed to provide the ultimate in luxury, aiming to set a new benchmark for residential living in the Sultanate.
Al Salam Palace
Al Salam Palace The restoration of Al Salam Palace is a cause for great joy and celebration in Kuwait. The original landmark palace was built in the 1960s to accommodate visiting heads of state. In the 1990s the palace was severely damaged during the Iraqi invasion and thought by many to be beyond repair. Hopes of restoring the abandoned palace were unfulfilled over 30 years, but the Amiri Diwan has announced with great pride that the palace, its famous chandelier and its extensive grounds will be restored to their former beauty and splendour.
Al-Shadadiya Industrial Zone Infrastructure Works
Al-Shadadiya Industrial Zone Infrastructure Works SSH is providing full design, engineering and value engineering services to Mushrif Trading and Contracting Company. The design and construction of all infrastructure for the Industrial Zone has been awarded on a design and build basis. The employer for the project is the Public Authority for Industry (PAI). The site has an area of 500 ha and the capital cost of the infrastructure works is USD 300M.
Algeria Gulf Bank Headquarters
Algeria Gulf Bank Headquarters SSH was awarded First Prize in the 2010 AGB international design competition. The building will be located on the El Biar district roundabout in Algeria’s capital city, Algiers. The project comprises two 16 storey twin towers rising from a shared base within the 29,514 sqm site. The towers are oriented towards the roundabout.
AMAR Orphans School
AMAR Orphans School SSH have designed the AMAR School for Orphans and an AMAR Office in Basra, Iraq. The school will comprise of 18 teaching and learning spaces for 500 students with additional facilities that include a function space, hall, science laboratories, library, offices and sports areas. It will present an attractive alternative to the standard government administered facilities both in terms of the quality of facilities and the educational standards achieved. It will offer an enhanced learning environment and opportunities for local children in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere conducive to learning. AMAR currently rents a small office in Basra City which will be replaced by an AMAR owned office built to the Basra Teams requirements. The office and school will share the site with common utilities and systems such as drainage, potable water and power wherever practicable.
Banyan Tree and Angsana Resort
Banyan Tree and Angsana Resort The luxury resort is located in the Al Sifah area of Oman where the Hajjar Mountains slope directly into the coastline of the Sultanate. SSH’s were commissioned to design 90 exclusive high end villas in the Bayan Tree Resort and 20 clusters (200 keys) in the Angsana Resort spanning over 400,000 sqm of the 6 million sqm tourist attraction. SSH were responsible for the design of the luxury villas and the technical aspect of the design provided by Architrace.
BMW Showroom This showroom is the largest of its kind in the Middle East. The 22,500 sqm site showcases BMW, Mini, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce. The mezzanine floor appears to hover above the showroom and houses the headquarters of Al-Ghanim.
CanalView Located on Dilmunia Island, off the north-eastern coast of Muharraq Island, Bahrain, CanalView offers canal-side living at its finest. The residences are set in beautifully landscaped gardens next to a sweeping canal-side promenade. Residents can also enjoy the benefits of an exclusive private club, incorporating a range of sporting and entertainment facilities. The spectacular 1.6 km canal with dual pedestrian access provides ideal spaces for retail and F&B amenities. CanalView residents will have access to a breathtaking public park via the canal footbridge next to the property. Other iconic installations include the waterfall footpath and fountain system. CanalView is a mixed-use residential and retail development comprising four elegant residential towers with a wraparound commercial podium, developed over 13,068 sqm. The luxurious property is walking distance from Dilmunia Mall, and is close to Bahrain’s main arterial roads, social infrastructure and Bahrain International Airport. The fundamental design approach is to create an urban environment that takes advantage of the marine waterfront of Dilmunia. The two-storey, stone-clad podium provides residents and visitors with a double-level public promenade and provides a solution to the gradient difference across the site. The recessed terrace level reduces the overall mass of the podium and creates a sense of human scale to the development.
Creek Horizon within the Island District of Dubai Creek Harbour
Creek Horizon within the Island District of Dubai Creek Harbour SSH are Lead Consultant for the Creek Horizon project within the Island District of Dubai Creek Harbour which is led by SSH Principal Architect, David Daniels. 'Living on the island’ has been a theme embraced by the design team to create a bold ‘destination living experience’. Creek Horizon will combine a residential site made up of two towers, which will be complimented by retail offerings and a parking structure. In addition to the apartment style living, there will also be individual townhouse opportunities that will help to define a vibrant atmosphere in the residential community. With heights of 34 and 40 storeys, the towers proposal encourages an integrated lifestyle development, offering island style living in Dubai. The development is integrated into the Creek Harbour District with landscape and place making to position the development as one of the most desirable in the area. The residential component of the development has been carefully considered to maximise the available views of the waterfront, harbour, central park and long distance vista opportunities including city skyline and Burj Khalifa views. The residential site is to be made up of the west waterfront harbour area and a central park area to the east, with more urban experiences on the north and south. The project will include facilities for residents including swimming pool, gym, and recreation areas.
Criminal Investigation Headquarters
Criminal Investigation Headquarters SSH has completed the design of the Criminal Investigation Building located within the South Surra Ministries Area. The complex is comprised of a main office block, an auditorium with dormitories and an interrogation building. Two levels of underground parking provide 850 cars parking spaces for employees. The architectural massing is dynamic and clean in form. The five storey office blocks are formed by two curved parts which are joined by an atrium.
Dhofar Beach Resort and Spa
Dhofar Beach Resort and Spa The project is located in an open area of Dhofar Beach on the east side with easy road access to the north-east.The southern side has access to an uninterrupted outlook offering spectacular views for residents and visitors over the Arabian Sea. The five-star beach resort in Salalah is a beachfront resort complex, consisting of several separate buildings – the main hotel (six + one floors), ballroom, main reception area and spa etc. – as well as a car park. It will accommodate 220 guest rooms, 66 luxury villas, two presidential suites, various restaurants, leisure facilities, meeting rooms, a business centre, retail outlets, supporting restaurants, all-day dinning, convention centre, exclusive spa, and associated back-of-house buildings. The total built-up area for the beach destination is 61,530 sqm with 32,850 sqm of hard and soft landscaped areas, including communal areas, water features and gardens that will provide a pleasant environment in which the private villas are to be located in family clusters. SSH is providing the main consultancy services for the construction supervision and is the Engineer under Red FIDIC contracts, with a general scope to administer the works contracts, enabling works, structural works, main works (FF&E) and power supply. SSH is also responsible for ensuring compliance with all design, specifications, standards and statutory requirements to secure quality of delivery.
Diyar Al Muharraq
Diyar Al Muharraq SSH was awarded the Secondary Infrastructure Works in Assets 13A, 23B and 24, on the north eastern coast of Muharraq Island, by Diyar al Muharraq. Muharraq Island is a reclaimed area that is planned as an eclectic mix of residential and commercial developments composed of residential villas, investment buildings, community retail centre, Mosque and public open spaces. The SSH scope of services includes design and supervision of roads, combined potable and firefighting, foul sewer, storm, treated sewage effluent, electrical, street lighting and telecommunications to three assets totalling over 1 million sqm in area.
Four Star Hotel in Hawally
Four Star Hotel in Hawally SSH has been appointed as the lead consultant for all the design phases and permitting, starting from data collection and concept design phase through to tender documents and services, for a new luxury 4-star hotel in the Governorate of Hawally, Kuwait.
Junoot Eco Resort
Junoot Eco Resort There is no better way to get back to nature than being at one with Earth. SSH is the design consultant for an URC’s eco-resort Junoot Project. A leading MENA real estate developer, URC is developing this project along the shores of Oman’s untouched southern beaches, approximately 320 KM north-east of Salalah. Inspired by the Iranian humanitarian architect Nader Khalili, via his brainchild Cal-Earth, URC commissioned Cal-Earth to create this prototype to set an example of the type of architecture that is most desirable to high-end, authentic-experience seeking, and adventurous tourists.
Khiran Roads SSH is working in joint venture with Dar Al Handasah for the Ministry of Public Works on the design of road improvements in Al Khiran Area. SSH has undertaken the design of Storm water, street lighting and relocations required for the utilities including P.T.T, Water Supply, TSE, Underground 132 KV and Sanitary. These will include plans and vertical profiles of utilities, coordination of crossings, carry out hydraulic calculations, liaise with MPW and KOC, coordination with Dar Al Handasah on issues related to surface drainage, utilities corridors, roads crossings, irrigation, attenuation of flows (if any). SSH is also responsible for flood mitigation study and flood risk hazard at the project area.
KIA VVIP Ceremonial Plaza
KIA VVIP Ceremonial Plaza The project scope was to construct a KD 1.2 million shaded ceremonial plaza for the VIP arrival area at Kuwait International Airport. The shade was needed to protect members of the National Guard and the National Musical Band who would be required to perform ceremonial duties in high temperatures, humidity, rain and wind.
KIPCO Tower SSH led the design of the 170 Million USD tower project featuring a distinctive 59 storey office and residential tower that instantly became a landmark building in Kuwait City’s commercial district, Sharq.
KOC Housing SSH is the lead architecture and infrastructure consultant for the Kuwait Oil Company New Houses in South Ahmadi. The scope of works for the infrastructure comprises roads and utilities including storm water, sanitary, telephone networks and roads. The project is built on a plot area of 122,000 sqm and comprises 159 villas. The construction value of the project amounts to 19 million KD.
KOC Marine KOC has awarded SSH the contract to perform consultancy services for its marine facilities upgrade, a challenging logistical marine based project which includes the construction of a breakwater and harbour, demolition, change of use, additional buildings for stores, workshops, worker amenity buildings and a dry dock which has carnage points and oil separators.
Kuwait Children's Hospital
Kuwait Children's Hospital SSH was appointed by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Works, in association with global architects HKS, to provide a study and design for the new Children’s Hospital on a design-award-construct basis. Kuwait’s newest tertiary children’s hospital will be the largest hospital of its kind in the world. It features a total of 792 beds that will suit all medical needs and methods of treatment. The 300,000 sqm hospital is located within the Al Sabah Specialty Medical Area, in Al-Shuwaikh. The unique design concept has been delivered with a futuristic hospital design theme, comprising innovative and functional design that incorporates state-of-the-art technology and energy conservation. The Kuwait Children’s Hospital will be built using the highest standards of construction, materials and equipment. The hospital will provide a welcoming, comfortable, stress-free and home-like environment for its patients and their respective families. The facility also includes diagnostic and treatment centres to complement all tertiary care services, along with other non-clinical support and public departments. Non-healthcare structures, functions and services are also part of the scope which includes 2,400 car parking spaces, a helipad to support emergency air transport services and a day care centre for infants, pre-toddlers and pre-schoolers, dedicated to children of staff working at the proposed facility. In addition, five shelters for civil defence were requested.
Kuwait Finance House Residential Tower Project
Kuwait Finance House Residential Tower Project SSH has been awarded the contract for Design and Construction Supervision Consultancy Services for the prestigious Kuwait Finance House ‘Residential Complex’ which has a prime location on Gulf Street in Kuwait City. The site covers an area of 6,638 sqm in the Sharq area, a prime waterfront location offering unrivalled views. The new complex will offer residents exceptional facilities and living standards that supersede many of Kuwait’s most desirable waterfront developments.
Kuwait Sanitary Master Plan
Kuwait Sanitary Master Plan The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) in Kuwait appointed Atkins in association with SSH in 2009 to provide consultancy services to undertake technical studies and to prepare a sanitary master plan for Kuwait.
Marassi Boulevard, Bahrain
Marassi Boulevard, Bahrain SSH proudly reveals its latest design project in Bahrain, the Marassi Boulevard development. Marassi Boulevard consists of four low-rise residential buildings of seven to ten floors, including more than 240 homes, from studios to three-bedroom apartments, and boasting 700 sqm of community retail. Marassi Boulevard features contemporary architecture that blends with the local climate and boasts views of the vibrant streetscape, combining community living with an urban feel. Bob Hope, CEO of SSH comments, “Marassi Boulevard is an exciting addition to the Marrassi Al Bahrain area and it has been an honour for SSH to be a part of making this vision a reality. With a strong focus on building communities, we see ourselves as the only regionally based architects and engineers, delivering international standards and are excited to have contributed to the growth of the already impressive Marassi Al Bahrain community.” SSH were awarded the full design contract for the project by Eagle Hills, a private real estate investment and development company, the residential mixed-use development is located within Marassi Al Bahrain, the region’s premiere urban waterfront project.
Marina Waterfront The Marina Waterfront Development is now a hugely popular destination in Kuwait featuring a shopping centre, marina, hotel and resort, seafront public park, cafes and restaurants.
NBK Children's Cancer Hospital
NBK Children's Cancer Hospital SSH was awarded the design of the new NBK Children’s Cancer Hospital in Kuwait. The SSH multi-disciplinary teams were responsible for the output in terms of healthcare architecture, medical planning and sustainable MEP. Services included conceptualising the design, followed by full documentation of the design whilst coordinating with other specialists.
NBK Headquarters SSH has recently been awarded the main consultancy services for the construction supervision of NBK’s 300 metres new Headquarters supported by Buro Happold. The new NBK headquarters tower will be built in Kuwait’s central business district in the heart of Kuwait city and is expected to become another landmark building of Kuwait’s skyline.
Oil Sector Complex
Oil Sector Complex The Oil Sector Complex is the headquarters of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and the Ministry of Oil situated on a five hectares waterfront site. Arthur Erickson Architectural Corporation of Canada was appointed to design this prestigious project in association with SSH.
Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre
Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre SSH was appointed by Oman as the Architect of Record in 2012. In that capacity, we have completed the design and construction documentation for the Rotunda containing an auditorium for 3,200 seats, a ballroom, food courts and accompanying back of house areas.
Opening Ceremony for the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
Opening Ceremony for the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Kuwait has created a cultural centre for ceremony, celebration and artistic expression which places the country on the world map for cultural projects. SSH are ranked Number One for Culture Architectural Design and Number Two for Heritage Architectural Design by Building Design World Architecture 100. The SSH-designed, 236 Million KD, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (SJAAC) opened on the 31st October with a performance by legendary tenor singer Andrea Boccelli. The opening ceremony also featured three of the most famous singers in the Middle East, Abdullah Al Rouwaished, Nabil Shoeil and Nawal, in addition to a number of Kuwaiti performances presenting Kuwait’s most famous artists. The Centre will host various cultural events including music, theatre, film, workshops and spoken word. The four jewel-styled buildings are set to be the centrepieces of the new cultural district at the heart of Kuwait, close to Kuwait’s historic Flag Square. The buildings will create a new architectural reference for the Middle East. Its technical and multi-functional theatres will also make it one of the state of the art performing venues in the world.
PAAET SSH has been awarded of the design and construction supervision of the Technology, Business, Healthcare and Education complex project located at the south of Al-Oyoon area in the Jahra Governorate, Kuwait, by the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). Starting in April 2015 in a 230,000 sqm build up area, it will consist of four educational clusters and administration buildings.
Panorama Residence and Suites, Abraj Quarter Tower and Townhouses
Panorama Residence and Suites, Abraj Quarter Tower and Townhouses First Qatar Real Estate Development Co. have commissioned SSH to lead the construction management and supervision of a multiuse complex comprising luxury serviced apartments, townhouses, signature restaurants, cafés, modern amenities and all related services in the Abraj Quarter, Qatar, with a built-up area of approx. 110,000 sqm. The Panorama Residence and Suites, Abraj Quarter Tower and Townhouses are located on The Pearl Qatar. It is a 42 storey mixed use tower comprising of approx. 400 luxury serviced hotel apartments and townhouses operated by Hilton World Wide. The luxurious residential facilities will also be complemented with signature restaurants, cafes with modern amenities and all related services including dedicated underground car parking. Spacious apartment suites are located from the 6th to the 38th level of various sizes ranging from studios to 2 bedrooms apartments each furnished to Hilton’s high class worldwide standards. The accommodation also includes two townhouses blocks with apartments ranging from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms.
Ras Al Barr Resort
Ras Al Barr Resort SSH was awarded the new Ras Al Barr Resort in Bahrain, following a tendering process after competing against national and international firms for PK Development Company W.L.L.
Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City – Phase A4-A5 Sewage Treatment Plant
Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City – Phase A4-A5 Sewage Treatment Plant SSH was appointed the engineering consultancy services for the design of a Sewage Treatment Plant located in the prestigious Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City development situated in Khiran, in the south of Kuwait by developer La’ala Kuwait. SSH will undertake Concept, Preliminary and Detailed Design as part of their services to be provided, having engaged the highly-regarded process engineering company, P2MBerlin, as their preferred sub-consultant for the specialist elements of the project.
Sabah Al Salem University City (Kuwait University)
Sabah Al Salem University City (Kuwait University) Kuwait University's Sabah Al-Salem New KD 500 million University City Campus is established on a built up area of 3.7 million sqm. In 2005 Kuwait University engaged the Canadian Consortium Architects (CCA) and Buro Happold in association with SSH to undertake the planning and development of a Master Plan for the new university city. CCA/SSH were then appointed to provide full design and construction supervision of the infrastructure works in the main campus area.
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre will create a new world class museum district within Kuwait. Together with the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, it will form Kuwait’s new national cultural district. The cultural district is a celebration of the scientific and cultural achievements of mankind and the scale, shapes and shades of the buildings are designed to convey a sense of wonder and awe.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Highway
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Highway SSH Bahrain in partnership with Hyder Consulting, has recently been awarded the engineering consultancy services for the design of the road and bridges as part of the widening and upgrading of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah (SJAS) Highway by the Ministry of Works Municipalities and Urban Planning.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre will showcase performing arts and create a world class theatre quarter in a spacious parkland setting. Together with Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre, it will form Kuwait’s new national cultural district. The cultural district will include state-of-the-art theatres, concert halls, cinemas, conference and exhibition halls and a library archive. The four buildings will be accessed from spacious entrance courtyards and will sit like jewels within a larger public park.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah causeway is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be constructed in the GCC region with an estimated construction value of approximately USD 3 billion. The project owner is Kuwait Ministry of Public Works (MPW). The causeway project provides new strategic highway routes to facilitate planned development to the north of Kuwait City and comprises two discrete elements.
Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Centre for Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord
Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Centre for Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord SSH has been awarded the design for the Stem Cell facility in Kuwait that will be constructed on a site area of approximately 12,000 sqm. The Healthcare team will conceptualise the design, produce the drawings and coordinate the information from the various disciplines for all the design phases of the facility. In addition, the SSH team is responsible for the output of the following documentation: architecture, structural, mechanical, electrical engineering, plumbing, quantity surveying, medical planning, equipment test fit and interior design.
Specialist Clinical Centre for Dentistry, Dermatology and Diabetes
Specialist Clinical Centre for Dentistry, Dermatology and Diabetes SSH is providing the multi-disciplinary design and supervision services contract for the proposed new Specialist Clinical Centre for Dental, Dermatology and Diabetes Services, by Ashghal, the Public Works Authority of the State of Qatar, leading the development of the design from concept on behalf of Hamad Medical Corporation. The 61,000 sqm project will have six interconnected buildings consisting of a shared three level basement and a ground floor with four upper levels. The aim is to provide a perfect platform for the development of a new “super-clinic” care facility. The project will deliver specialty outpatient and ancillary services, as well as education and research facilities.
The Fifth Ring Road
The Fifth Ring Road In association with Atkins, SSH was selected by the Ministry of Public Works to design and supervise the construction of the west section of the Fifth Ring Motorway. The project comprised upgrading approximately 5.4 km to dual four lane motorway standard.
The First Ring Road
The First Ring Road The Mirqab Approach Roads Project forms an integral part of the Kuwait Motorway and Expressway System of some 340 km which was implemented by the Ministry of Public Works.
The Seventh Ring Road
The Seventh Ring Road SSH was the main consultant for the 1981 Outer Bypass and the Seventh Ring Road Motorways Project. This 80 km route was part of the Kuwait motorway and expressway system. Our work included route location studies, preliminary engineering designs, final detail designs and drawings, tender and contract documentation, and supervision of construction.
Universal Printing Press
Universal Printing Press SSH created an inspirational design for this iconic industrial building which showcases the printing process. The 8 Million USD building has also boosted the image of the Subhan district of Kuwait City.
9th Abu Dhabi Energy, Industry and Infrastructure conference
9th Abu Dhabi Energy, Industry and Infrastructure conference SSH’s UAE Resident Director, Michael Byron, attended the 9th Abu Dhabi Energy, Industry and Infrastructure Conference from the 7-9th December at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi Corniche Hotel. The event presentations about the future plans, progresses and visions of the Emirate across general urban development, energy, industrial and infrastructure sectors.
ABB LEAF Awards success for Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre
ABB LEAF Awards success for Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre The upcoming Kuwaiti museum complex, the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC), has been named Public Building of the Year at the prestigious ABB LEAF Awards 2017. The annual LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) Awards bring together more than 100 leading senior figures from the world’s elite architectural design community to celebrate, discuss and honour some of the best new international projects. All shortlisted and winning projects are recognised as setting the benchmark for the future of the industry. A joint delegation from the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait and SSH collected the international accolade for the complex at a gala ceremony, hosted at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, in London, on 21 September. Due to be completed by the end of this year, the centre not only celebrates mankind’s scientific and cultural achievements, but also honours Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. Together, with the award-winning Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) and the nearly restored and refurbished Al Salam Palace, the museum complex will form part of a new national cultural district for the city of Kuwait. The project will consist of six main buildings: A Natural History Museum; Science Museum; Museum of Islamic History; Space Museum; Fine Arts Centre; and a Theatre. Each museum building will contain an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits, installations and artworks. Walking beneath the canopy of the complex’s street is a journey full of surprises, with stunning views deep into the heart of the museums where visitors will see framed vistas of priceless exhibits. Kuwaiti architecture is represented by the main ‘street’, which meanders and echoes the traditional ‘Ferej’. This creates exciting spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, mirroring the experience of walking down a traditional, busy Kuwaiti street. The museum buildings and the circulation between them are shaded and partially climatically controlled using a solar shade canopy, which is 200 m long with cantilevers of 30 m. The inverted structure allowed the installation of 2,000 LED-lit shingles, which were parametrically designed and DMX controller-linked to provide evening light shows and daytime shade. The material chosen by SSH for the exterior cladding and roof paving of the complex was also carefully selected. The approved stone, named Skyline, is a true marble from Turkey with a clearly defined vein orientation in the quarry strata. Skyline has all the technical and aesthetic characteristics to meet the stringent requirements of the project. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex.
AHIC SSH exhibited at this year’s Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, with Head of Interior Design Sebaa Orabi moderating the ‘Getting Under the Skin of Refurbishments and Conversions’ panel, where fellow panellist included James Marsh, Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group, Munir Ahmed, Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding and Simon Enders, Project Director, Faithful + Gould. The event was a success as global hoteliers flew in to Dubai to network and discuss upcoming plans for development.
Autodesk: Future of Building Things 2016
Autodesk: Future of Building Things 2016 On May 26th, 2016, SSH Change and IT Director, Sean Dewhurst represented SSH on a panel with moderator Gavin Davids to discuss " How do industries tend to respond to the Future of Building Things?" The event takes place at the Annex, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. The prestigious event, hosted by Autodesk Middle East, explored the disruptive technology trends that shape the future of how the nation is designed and built, how governments, engineers and contractors can plan ahead for these changes, and some present-day examples of projects already leveraging best-in-class technologies to deliver higher quality, on-time and lower-cost projects. Autodesk: Future of Building Things 2016 Read more
Bahrain Infrastructure and Finance Forum
Bahrain Infrastructure and Finance Forum SSH Infrastructure Director, Mark Jamieson joined the Construction Leaders panel at the Bahrain Infrastructure and Finance Forum, Manama. The event focused on the Kingdom’s latest developments and opportunities, as well as the strategies required for successful projects delivery. Mark was joined by a select group of experts to share his thoughts and opinions on how to develop the market forward.
Barry Landrum talks about Middle East Healthcare in Construction Business News magazine
Barry Landrum talks about Middle East Healthcare in Construction Business News magazine Barry Landrum, Associate Director in Design Management, discusses Middle East healthcare and highlights the role SSH plays in leading innovation and design of new hospital buildings across the region in an article for the February issue of Construction Business News. “Recent developments in the Middle East suggest that countries are enhancing their capacity, making the GCC a hub for healthcare,” Barry writes. “SSH hold a growing portfolio of prestigious healthcare projects and is currently working on the largest specialist paediatrics hospital in the world.” Referring to the Kuwait Children’s Hospital, the model of care for the hospital has resulted in 792 beds with diagnostic and treatment facilities capable of treating patients from across the region. Evidence Based Design is employed by SSH in healthcare projects, which incorporates empirical evidence, including artwork, entertainment and nature, to better design healthcare environments. This enables designers to improve patient healing, reduce stress for patients and staff and ultimately results in positive patient outcomes. Barry summarises that our ultimate goal is to “lead healthcare design into a new digital age of gold-standard healthcare facilities”. Read more
Bespoke Magazine Explores SSH’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
Bespoke Magazine Explores SSH’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Bespoke magazine recently highlighted the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, which will showcase performing arts and create a world class theatre quarter in a spacious parkland setting. Together with Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre, it will form Kuwait’s new national cultural district. Read more
Big 5 Kuwait
Big 5 Kuwait SSH’s Health, Safety and Environmental Manager Stewart Cripps recently gave a ‘Health and Safety in Construction’ masterclass in a CPD-certified seminar that took place at Kuwait International Fairduring this year’s Big 5 exhibition. The Health and Safety veteran was able to share innovative ways to tackle some of the most prominent issues in the industry to a large audience keen to see a positive change. Read more.
Bob Hope features on 2017 Construction Week Power 100
Bob Hope features on 2017 Construction Week Power 100 Bob Hope, Chief Executive Officer at SSH, has once again been recognised as one of the region’s most influential construction professionals in Construction Week’s Power 100 list for 2017. Bob has made a significant jump upwards in rank from his position in 2016 and during his tenure has overseen the fast expansion of the company’s workforce, expects a boost in revenue for the 2017 financial year over 2016, and seen SSH take on architecture and engineering consultancy services on some of the leading projects in the region. The annual ranking, now in its eighth edition, celebrates the individuals leading and transforming the industry across the Middle East. According to Construction Week, these influencers are “meeting market challenges head on, finding innovative ways to improve the robustness of their businesses and identifying promising avenues for sustainable, long-term growth”. Find out more by clicking here.
Bob Hope in 2016 Power 100
Bob Hope in 2016 Power 100 Construction Week magazine recognises SSH Chief Executive Officer Robert Hope as one of the "power leaders” shaping the Middle East. It highlights some of SSH projects, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, Al Salam Palace, Qatar’s South Mall, OmanTEL’s HQ and Al Mouj Muscat in the Sultanate. The seventh Construction Week Power 100 is an annual ranking of the most influential individuals currently working within the Middle East’s construction sector, a celebration of the people who are transforming both the industry and the regional landscape. Their accolade is that they are the industry’s most influential players, who have reacted in the best possible way: by optimising regional operations and pushing ahead with some of the most ambitious projects on the planet. Read more
Bob Hope interviewed by Industry ME magazine
Bob Hope interviewed by Industry ME magazine Industry ME magazine’s latest issue features an interview with SSH’s CEO, Bob Hope. In the article, Bob outlined SSH’s continued expansion across the region and beyond, and gave insight into the company’s outlook for future work. “We set out to be the ‘go-to guys’, to become the regional clients’ consultant of choice,” Bob said. “What we created was a one-stop shop for clients as SSH in our own right, but also with a reputation as a trusted partner to bring in world-class niche collaborators.” He added: “Going forwards, we have a balanced portfolio of projects now and are not reliant on one area.” Gain access to the full article in Industry ME’s latest issue, Read more on page 70.
Bob Hope joins Advisory Board for Salford University, UAE
Bob Hope joins Advisory Board for Salford University, UAE The University of Salford Abu Dhabi invited SSH’s CEO Bob Hope to be a member of its Advisory Board, and as an alumni of the university himself, Bob proudly accepted the invitation. SSH and the University of Salford are both committed to improving the economic, environmental and social development of the region through the range of world-class services and expertise they employ. In partnership, SSH and the University of Salford aim to make a distinctive contribution to the UAE and wider region. Salford’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (International Priorities), comments: “As an inspirational and notable alumnus of the University, Bob and his continued support of our activities in the UAE demonstrates our shared passion to influence the advancement of the region. Bob said: “As an alumnus I am delighted to give my time to support my old university and its worthy endeavours to provide world-class educational facilities for the Emirati people. It is also an opportunity on behalf of SSH to reinforce our continuing commitment to supporting the development of further education both in the UAE and the MENA region.” SSH’s design team are engaged in the design and construction of two major schools and university projects in the region, including the 3.7M sqm Sabah Al Salem University City Campus, in Kuwait.
Bob Hope ranked #20 amongst the Power 60
Bob Hope ranked #20 amongst the Power 60 Bop Hope ranked #20 amongst the Power 60, by the Construction Business News in the ME Architect Magazine! Read the article here.
Bob Hope ranks within Top 10 consultants of 2017
Bob Hope ranks within Top 10 consultants of 2017 Bob Hope, CEO of SSH, has achieved another ranking result, being recognised as one of the top 10 consultants in the region by Construction Week. Related to his recently increased position in the 2017 Construction Week Power 100, the publication has also rated Bob as one of the pre-eminent construction consultants in the MENA region. In the four years since Bob joined SSH as CEO, he has overseen the fast expansion of the company’s workforce, expects an increase in revenue for the 2017 financial year, and has led SSH in winning contracts for architecture and engineering consultancy services on leading projects across the region. The Power 100 ranking, now in its eighth edition, celebrates the individuals leading and transforming the industry across the Middle East. According to Construction Week, these influencers are “meeting market challenges head on, finding innovative ways to improve the robustness of their businesses and identifying promising avenues for sustainable, long-term growth”. Find out more here.
Building Hope in the Middle East
Building Hope in the Middle East Middle East Consultant magazine recently interviewed Robert Hope, Chief Executive Officer, where he discussed SSH’s unique business model that has taken the Middle East and Northern Africa region by storm. Joining in 2012, with more than 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, Robert transformed SSH. Building on its legacy, recognised as one of the oldest established architectural firms in Kuwait, it has become a leading consultancy within the MENA region, gaining numerous internationally renowned accolades on the way. Read the full interview here
Bushra Anwar to Speak at MEP UAE Conference 2016 in Dubai
Bushra Anwar to Speak at MEP UAE Conference 2016 in Dubai SSH Principal Electrical Engineer Bushra Anwar will participate in a panel discussion titled “Panel Debate: Women in MEP" which will explore the role of women in the MEP industry in the Middle East, how women add value in design and construction firms, why women’s unique perspectives and skillsets add financial muscle in management decision-making, how gender bias hurts performance and how to design policies that signal a firm’s sustainable commitment to diversity. The MEP UAE Conference brings together the cream of the region’s MEP and HVAC community. Attendees will hear from the leaders of the MEP industry as they address the issues and opportunities surrounding the UAE’s MEP sector. MEP Middle East: UAE Conference Tuesday 31 May 2016 Conrad Hotel, Dubai UAE Read more
Business Development Director, Karen Mort, meets United Nations
Business Development Director, Karen Mort, meets United Nations Karen Mort, SSH’s Business Development Director, joined Baroness Nicholson, Iraq British Business Council’s (IBBC) Chairman, welcoming Mr Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), to London in a meeting held in Westminster on Wednesday 21 January, 2015. Karen represents SSH on a number of sector tables organised by IBBC, one of which is the Construction and Infrastructure Sector Table which aims to assist Iraq in their sustainable development by identifying and categorising the need and best route to market for construction and infrastructure in areas including water, sewerage, roads and airports. Karen is also a member of the Education, Training and Heritage Sector Table, supporting the work of the Iraqi Ministry of Education and discussing the opportunities and challenges facing the education sector in the country.
CEO Bob Hope interviewed by Global Construction Review
CEO Bob Hope interviewed by Global Construction Review Two years ago, CEO Bob Hope was interviewed by Global Construction Review, the online portal of the Chartered Institute of Building, explaining the SSH’s Hybrid Model and promised a triple in SSH’s size over the next 4 years. Today, Bob is interviewed again to update readers on how SSH has grown threefold in just two years. Read more here.
CEO Bob Hope is featured in Construction Week magazine
CEO Bob Hope is featured in Construction Week magazine Bob Hope discussed SSH’s business model, our office launch in Qatar, and much more. Read more here.
CEO Bob Hope took part in Leaders in Construction Summit
CEO Bob Hope took part in Leaders in Construction Summit CEO Bob Hope attended the Construction Week Leaders in Construction Summit and took part of the panel discussion along with other major companies in the construction industry to discuss the importance of creating partnerships to entering into new markets.
CEO Bob Hope visited the SSH London Office
CEO Bob Hope visited the SSH London Office Bob Hope, CEO visited the new London office. The SSH London team, led by Karen Mort, Business Development Director, was joined by Design Director Ray Phillips, Associate Director Jake Dyter and our strategic partners, OPS Structures Ltd (structural engineers). The CEO was briefed on the work being produced in the UK. It was also an opportunity for him to meet new members of the team, and to take in the spectacular views of the London city skyline from the office roof terrace. Later, the team was joined by Lee Skinner Chief Commercial Officer.
CEO Bob Hope wins the Middle East Construction CEO of the Year Award
CEO Bob Hope wins the Middle East Construction CEO of the Year Award Bob Hope, Chief Executive Officer of SSH, was awarded the 2014 Construction CEO of the Year at the Middle East CEO Awards, a jury of 12 prominent executives. Bob said, "I am receiving this award on behalf of our SSH colleagues who are responsible for our continued success''. This award Bob’s efforts over the last 2 years in spearheading the company’s expansion in the MENA region whilst retaining profitability and delivering landmark projects including the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi’s Presidential Palace and Sabah Al Salem New Campus in Kuwait University.
CEO Bob Hope, gains Fellowship status from the Chartered Institute of Building
CEO Bob Hope, gains Fellowship status from the Chartered Institute of Building In addition to all of this years’ professional achievements, including the Middle East Construction CEO of The Year Award, SSH’s CEO, Bob Hope, was recognised as a Fellow by the Chartered Institute of Building. The FCIOB designation is recognised and respected internationally as a mark of true construction professionalism. Bob, who has been leading international consultancy firms for numerous years, including setting up business units all over the MENA region, has a vast experience in the industry with significant projects ranging from the Bahrain World Trade Centre, Burj Al Arab to Qatar’s Education City and KSA Jeddah International Airport. Congratulations Bob and best wishes of success for the future.
Cityscape Abu Dhabi
Cityscape Abu Dhabi SSH UAE attended Cityscape Abu Dhabi, one of the most prominent real estate events in the emirate. UAE Resident Director Michael Byron, Business Development Officer Evgueni Hope and Business Development Officer Assem Tfayli were in attendance representing SSH UAE.
Cityscape Global SSH was once again present at the Cityscape Global Summit, where we exhibited our capabilities as well as our projects around the MENA region. The yearly event is a Mecca for the biggest real estate development companies in the region, drawing in thousands of visitors on the daily basis, including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who paid a brief visit to our stand.
Clinton Bull makes panel appearance at Hotelier Summit
Clinton Bull makes panel appearance at Hotelier Summit Clinton Bull, Director of Hospitality at SSH, took part in a panel discussion at the 11th edition of the Hotelier Summit Middle East, which was held in Doha, Qatar. Under the topic ‘Affordable Luxury – Is It The New Normal?’, Clinton and his fellow panellists discussed whether increasing numbers of travellers who prefer affordable stays that offer flexibility, choice, technology and value for money will drive an acceleration in growth for the mid-market travel segment. The session also explored how hotel owners and operators intend to navigate this increasing trend in the near future. “It was a very insightful discussion of the major role owners and operators will play in the mid-market segment, and how the GCC will benefit from new travellers following familiar hospitality brands as they make new headway into the Middle East through their mid-market offerings,” Clinton said of the session. “Technology will play an increasing role in the growth of this trend, such as being able to book stays and check in using your mobile phone, among other facilities,” he added. This falls in line with the decree by Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to encourage the use of smart technologies in various sectors, including Dubai’s hospitality sector. It is hoped this will drive up tourism numbers. SSH has made headway competing for master planning, building design, infrastructure and construction supervision awards on hospitality schemes across the region. The company’s expertise in leading such developments has become more recognised, and now SSH holds a growing number of hospitality projects within its portfolio.
Consolidated Zoning Code and Zoning Regulations and Urban Planning Standards Manual
Consolidated Zoning Code and Zoning Regulations and Urban Planning Standards Manual We are pleased to announce that SSH, in association with Dar Al Handasah have been awarded the “Preparation of a Consolidated Zoning Code and Zoning Regulations and Urban Planning Standards Manual” for Kuwait Municipality. The study reviewed and consolidated existing land use plans, zoning regulations, standards and building regulations and created administrative systems for reviewing and controlling site-level development. SSH has extensive experience in carrying out all of the early project stages including pre-development studies, zoning and feasibility studies, master planning and urban design. Over 5 decades, SSH has been involved in or led the planning of many significant construction projects such as Kuwait’s third Master Plan Review, Kuwait International Airport Development Plan, Western and Southern sub regions Master Plans as well as the ongoing project of Kuwait University’s Sabah Al Salem new Campus.
Construction Business News Outlook 2017
Construction Business News Outlook 2017 Construction Business News ME features Robert Hope In the regular news updates provided by Construction Business News ME the CEO of SSH expressed his belief that market sentiment is improving. He stated that certain markets and sectors are being hit harder than others and that the key for SSH is to navigate a steady course around the region focusing on our key client relationships and delivering to the very demanding schedules. We are often teamed with international partners and in some cases getting them to appreciate the time and budget pressures that our clients face in this regional market can be a challenge. Also, as with most businesses in the current market conditions, cash flow is critical and must always be a focus for us to earn and collect the cash in a timely manner especially given the tight margins available. I think that we will see a trend towards utilising consultants committed to and based in the region, who can draw upon world class expertise locally to meet the budget and time constraints that our regional clients face. SSH is shaped and focused to respond to this market trend and as one client said ‘you have hit our sweet spot on what we need to deliver our projects’. Read more
Construction Leadership Summit
Construction Leadership Summit SSH exhibited at the Construction Leadership Summit event, which took place in May in Dubai.
Construction Supervision of NBK’s new Headquarters
Construction Supervision of NBK’s new Headquarters SSH was awarded the main consultancy services for the construction supervision of NBK’s 300m tall new Headquarters (supported by Buro Happold). The new NBK Headquarters tower will be built in Kuwait City's central business district in the heart of Kuwait city and is expected to become another landmark building of Kuwait’s skyline. The tower design concept is originated from a pearl shell, an object highly symbolic of Kuwait’s history and heritage, culture and economy. NBK appointed Foster+Partners in joint venture with Buro Happold as the international consultant for the design.
David Daniels speaks on Middle East Stone conference panel
David Daniels speaks on Middle East Stone conference panel David Daniels, Design Principal – Studio at SSH, took part in a panel discussion at the Middle East Stone conference, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The conference is the only event in the MENA region dedicated to the stone, marble and ceramics industries, and brings architects, contractors and designers together to discuss the latest in stone, marble and ceramic products, services and technologies. In a session entitled ‘Outlook for Gulf Construction: forecasting the future challenges and opportunities for the industry over the next 12-18 months’, David and other panellists talked about the new economic realities of the Gulf construction market. The impact of lower oil prices and the economic downturn on the sector and the opportunities presented to the stone industry by Expo 2020 and FIFA 2022 were also discussed. “I think the outlook for over the next 12-18 months is encouraging and exciting for the design and construction industry in the region,” David said of the discussion. “I don’t see any major challenges going forward, except for what will be the next evolution or big-ticket item after 2020.”
designMENA features the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
designMENA features the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre The SSH designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait has been featured in designMENA. The design and construction of the USD775 million project was completed in only 22 months, set as the centrpiece of the new cultural district in central Kuwait, close to historic Flag Square. It is made up of four angular buildings with perforated arabesque patterns, with an aim to host an array of cultural events. designMENA.com is the Middle East’s premier website for architecture and interior design, with daily news on all aspects of the industry, including new project and product launches. Read more
Dhofar Beach Resort construction supervised by SSH
Dhofar Beach Resort construction supervised by SSH SSH is providing construction supervision services for the planned Dhofar Beach Resort development in Salalah, Oman, for client Taameer Investment, one of the sultanate’s leading investment companies with investments across various sectors, including real estate. Taameer’s hotel project is a five-star beachfront resort complex with a total built-up area of approximately 80,000 sqm. The resort hotel itself will feature 130 rooms, where guests can have access to signature restaurants, food and beverage outlets, leisure and water sports facilities, meeting rooms, business centre, retail outlets, a health club and spa, as well as a ballroom as part of their vacation experience. The resort will also provide a residential component with an additional 85 state-of-the-art hotel apartments and 85 exclusive VIP villas. SSH, working together in collaboration with Taameer Investment, aims to change the hospitality and residential complex landscape with the Salalah offering and SSH is very proud to be involved with such a prestigious mixed-use development.
Emir of Kuwait attends inauguration of Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre
Emir of Kuwait attends inauguration of Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, and representatives of the Amiri Diwan, were treated to a private inauguration of the country’s latest cultural showcase, the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC), on 5 February. The complex was recently named Public Building of the Year at the prestigious ABB LEAF Awards 2017. The award-winning ASCC development will create a new world-class museum district within Kuwait City. Together with the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), it will form Kuwait’s new national cultural district. ASCC is not only a celebration of the scientific and cultural achievements of mankind, but also of Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history, and the scale, shapes and shades of the centre’s buildings are designed to convey a sense of wonder and awe. His Highness Sheikh Sabah experienced an opening preformance showcasing the complex’s six main buildings: A Natural History Museum; Science Museum; Museum of Islamic History; Space Museum; Fine Arts Centre; and a Theatre. Each building will contain an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits and artworks. “The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre is a fitting and spectacular addition to Kuwait’s cultural heritage, and sets out to embrace the rich diversity of the world’s finest achievements,” said George Abi-Hanna, Managing Director of SSH Kuwait. “As the largest museums project of its kind in the world, SSH is proud and honoured to have been involved helping His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and the Amiri Diwan to fulfil their cultural aspirations for Kuwait and the region.” Kuwaiti architecture is represented by the main ‘street’, which meanders echoing the traditional ‘Ferej’. This creates exciting spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, mirroring the experience of walking down a traditional, busy Kuwaiti street. The Emir’s visit celebrates the completion of the cultural development. ASCC is expected to be opened to the public soon. SSH was appointed by Al Ghanim International as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. Working collaboratively with world-leading museum specialists, SSH was able to deliver the ASCC project for the Amiri Diwan to the stringent standards required of world-class public cultural buildings.
Experts from SSH to attend The Leading Middle East Architects Forum in Abu-Dhabi
Experts from SSH to attend The Leading Middle East Architects Forum in Abu-Dhabi Iain Vitty, Principal Architect and Acting General Manager for SSH Abu Dhabi, and Ashfaq Ahmed, Senior Specifications Writer, will participate in the Leading Middle East Architects Forum in Abu Dhabi from 5-8th February, 2016. The event brings together regional architects and international suppliers in one-to-one meetings or forums about global architecture and interior design. Find us
Founder continues tour of SSH offices with visit to Kuwait
Founder continues tour of SSH offices with visit to Kuwait SSH Founder Sabah Abi-Hanna, stayed true to his word after saying he’d like the chance to visit the company’s other offices after his trip to SSH London in July. This month, Sabah jetted to the Al Hamra office in Kuwait to see the Design, HR, Finance and top Management teams in action there. Sabah also had a familial connection, as Managing Director of Kuwait and nephew, George Abi-Hanna, updated Sabah on the company’s latest Kuwaiti developments with the help of Colm Dunphy, Principal Architect – Building Design, at the Al Hamra office’s Design Studio. Al Hamra is one of three SSH offices in Kuwait. The other two are the Qortuba office and the office at Sabhan, which has the honour of being the original company office in the country.
George Abi-Hana shares his view on the Kuwaiti construction sector
George Abi-Hana shares his view on the Kuwaiti construction sector George Abi Hana, Senior Partner and Resident Director at SSH, recently discussed his view on the current scenario of the Kuwaiti construction sector with Construction Week magazine. In response to the recent announcement from Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Centre (CIC), that Kuwait’s construction sector will hit USD 15.6Billion (KWD4.7Billion) in 2020, George commented “Kuwait has courageously committed to continue with its national development plan and all the key projects it informs, including social and infrastructure projects, new rail links and upgrades of its roads, seaports and airports, construction is set to surge over the coming years”. Read more
George Abi-Hanna discusses SSH's Marine Projects in latest Construction Week Magazine
George Abi-Hanna discusses SSH's Marine Projects in latest Construction Week Magazine George Abi-Hanna, SSH Kuwait Resident Director, discussed the upgrade of the Kuwait Oil Company marine facilities in the latest issue of Construction Week Online. Read the full article from page 41 onwards here
Harper’s Bazaar Interiors magazine features SSH-designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
Harper’s Bazaar Interiors magazine features SSH-designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre The landmark SSH-designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) in Kuwait has featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Interiors magazine. Ray Phillips, Design Director, CSO and Senior Partner at SSH, and Lead Designer of the JACC, spoke with Harper’s Bazaar Interiors about the design of the complex being inspired by Islamic architecture, which resulted in “complex geometric shapes interpreted in a modern way with a 2.5 m titanium and glass skin”. He describes the centre as “a series of gems within jewels”. “Internally, the jewels became the theatres,” Ray said. “Light is used to magical effect inside to illuminate each building, with shafts of natural light that flood through the huge walls.” He added that the complex is a “world-class building for ceremony, celebration and artistic expression”.
How SSH healthcare consultants are supporting the growth of medical tourism in the Middle East?
How SSH healthcare consultants are supporting the growth of medical tourism in the Middle East? Middle East Consultant magazine spotlights SSH Principal Health Planner Krishnee Govender. With expertise encompassing the design medical tourism health centres and compact hospitals, she discusses the role that healthcare consultants play in the development of medical tourism in the Middle East and the requirements of medical tourism facilities. Read more (p.13)
Industry Leaders Convene at PPP Investment Forum Morocco
Industry Leaders Convene at PPP Investment Forum Morocco From 23-25 May, 2016, Danny Warde, SSH Resident Director of Oman, Khaled El Khoury, SSH Director of Construction Services and Jean Luc Debar, SSH Associate Director of Practice Management for Morocco, will join other experts from the MENA region at the PPP Investment Forum Morocco under the patronage of the Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics to discuss the of use of Private Public Partnerships (PPP) to fund infrastructure development in Morocco. The three day-long exchange will cover topics including navigation through the new legislation, discussion on building capacity within the government and private sector to structure and execute PPP projects successfully. The forum will serve as a platform for all the stakeholders to establish relationships that will facilitate greater investment in the country’s public sector infrastructure projects. 23-25 May 2016 Main Conference Days (24-25 May): 8:00am – 3.30pm Workshop (23 May): registration at 8:30am Sofitel Jardin des Roses Souissi, Rabat 10000, Rabat, Morocco Read more
Infrastructure Director Mark Jamieson spoke at the Kuwait Bridges and Highways Forum
Infrastructure Director Mark Jamieson spoke at the Kuwait Bridges and Highways Forum SSH’s Infrastructure Director, Mark Jamieson, has been invited to speak at the Kuwait Bridges and Highways Forum and the Kuwait Contractors Forum, on the 16th and 17th of February 2015. The summit will bring together government and industry stakeholders to discuss how to progress Kuwait’s future infrastructure projects. Mark, a Chartered Civil Engineer, has over 28 years’ experience within the industry in both the UK and the Middle East region. He has been applying best international practise to SSH’s infrastructure business since 2013.
Intelligent CIO Magazine speaks to Sean Dewhurst, Change and IT Director
Intelligent CIO Magazine speaks to Sean Dewhurst, Change and IT Director Sean discusses SSHs collaboration with niche IT infrastructure providers and the adoption of cloud technologies that support our inter office cooperation, customer service and cost control capabilities. He describes how we are working to enable our clients and partners through the adoption of cloud technologies that support and promote collaboration across SSHs offices internationally, they provide ease of access, the protection of intellectual property and ensure that all colleagues have the tools they need to deliver a high quality professional service. Intelligent CIO is a technology intelligence platform aimed at the enterprise IT sector to provide targeted updates and research driven data. Read more
ISO Accreditation Update and ISO 14001
ISO Accreditation Update and ISO 14001 SSH is proud to announce the award of ISO 14001 Environmental Standard Certification and the recertification of ISO 9001 by NQA, a UKAS accredited certification body. SSH is the first Kuwait Headquartered Architectural and Engineering Services provider to achieve ISO 14001 certification and benchmarks our leading position amongst our regional industry peers. "For SSH setting high-performance goals in our quality-process includes a responsible approach to environmental practice. This is true in terms of both our own business activities and through the delivery of our design product.” said Bob Hope the CEO of SSH. “We have maintained our ISO 9001:2008 standing, with certification now awarded by NQA a UKAS an accredited auditing body, and we are proud to announce the achievement of ISO 14001 certification for environmental protection.” Bob added that, “ISO 14001 sets out a process for better environmental management control, our operating within the framework of this standard will not only help us reduce the environmental impact of our activities, but also stamps our commitment to improvements in performance across our business and service offering. This underpins SSH’s commitment to adopt the highest level of international best practice as we position our business to develop further across the MENA marketplace.” Finally, Bob noted that, “The adaptation of ISO 14001 demonstrates our innovative and forward thinking approach to not only our customers and prospective partners, but importantly to our employees throughout the SSH Family.”
Junoot Eco Resort awarded Best Leisure-Led Development
Junoot Eco Resort awarded Best Leisure-Led Development Junoot Eco Resort Project received the Best Leisure-Led Development Award at the 2012 World Architecture Festival.
Junoot Eco Resort receives Judges Special Recognition award
Junoot Eco Resort receives Judges Special Recognition award The Junoot Project received Special Recognition Award during the 11th Annial MIPIM Architecture Review Future Projects Awards in Cannes. The award was received by the project’s developer.
Kuwait Launches $775M Cultural Centre
Kuwait Launches $775M Cultural Centre SSH features in Construction Business News ME Kuwait has inaugerated the $775mn Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, the stunning centre piece of a new cultural district in central Kuwait City, close to historic Flag Square. SSH was lead architecture and engineering designer and worked with reknowned specialists in lighting, accoustices, theatre engineering and archives on the project which includes performing arts centre, music centre, conference centre, historical documents centre as well as libraries, parks and fountains. To read more, Construction Business News ME
Kuwait New Maternity Hospital (KNMH)
Kuwait New Maternity Hospital (KNMH) SSH, in joint-venture with Studio Altieri, signed the main design consultancy agreement for the design of the Kuwait New Maternity Hospital (KNMH) with design and build contractor Impresa Pizzarotti & C SpA. As part of a national hospital regeneration programme, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is implementing a major healthcare investment into specialist healthcare services through the delivery of a new dedicated national maternity facility. The Kuwait New Maternity Hospital (KNMH), to be located to the west of Kuwait City within the Al Sabah Specialty Medical Area, is planned by the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) in association with MOH as the end user, to be a state-of-the-art, world-class, specialist maternity hospital to service the growing healthcare needs of Kuwait and the GCC region on an international scale. The new facility will bring together all aspects of maternity care into a single complex to form a specialist hospital for Kuwait. For a total contract value of USD 817 Million, the design and build team will deliver the project over 54 months. Site work started in January 2017. The project comprises the following buildings and components: Main Hospital Building – Basement + Ground + Podium of 6 levels + In-patient accommodation of 11 levels Annex Building – Includes Outpatient clinics, an Auditorium and Administrative facilities Multi-storey Car Park – Basement of 2 levels + Ground + 5 typical levels + Shaded Roof Parking Central Utility Plant – Allocated on a separate plot and includes an underground service tunnel The project includes the supply of all medical equipment and interior furnishing, as well as providing operational maintenance for the specialist facility following hand-over. The KNMH is to feature 27 operating rooms and will accommodate 780 in-patients, the car park will hold up to 1,300 vehicles. The hospital will stand 18 storeys tall when completed. The consultant team will fully utilise Revit building information modelling (BIM) software throughout the design development, including the use of BIM during the construction phase of the project. The efforts of the Joint-Venture Consultant team in collaboration with Impresa Pizzarotti as the design/build contractor, will bring to fruition the vision that the MPW and MOH have for an international specialist maternity hospital for Kuwait to service the needs of local, regional and international communities.
Leaders in Construction UAE
Leaders in Construction UAE Matthew Squires, Chief Operating Officer spoke about SSH's tremendous growth over the past two years and how we attract the region's most talented leaders in the field at yesterday's Leader in Construction Summit UAE. He was exclusively invited to participate in the panel discussion 'Attracting accomplished leaders to drive expansion and maximise board governance' following SSH's achievements.
Liezl De Jager talking about Healthcare Architecture
Liezl De Jager talking about Healthcare Architecture Liezl De Jager, SSH’s Associate Director for Healthcare based in South Africa, discusses how ‘Design can help to heal’ with by Middle East Architect. Read more.
Marina Waterfront awarded Best Mixed-Use Development
Marina Waterfront awarded Best Mixed-Use Development Marina Waterfront development, designed by SSH and developed by URC, won the best Mixed-Use Development for Kuwait Award at the 2013 - 2014 Arabian Property Awards.
Mark Jamieson to Speak at IQPC Bridges and Highways, Bahrain & Saudi Arabia
Mark Jamieson to Speak at IQPC Bridges and Highways, Bahrain & Saudi Arabia On Wednesday 20th April, 2016, SSH Infrastructure Director, Mark Jamieson, will speak at the IQPC Bridges and Highways, Bahrain & Saudi Arabia, in Manama. The event brings together government officials, project owners, contractors, consultants, equipment suppliers and technology providers to share knowledge, discuss solutions and inform the development and maintenance of road infrastructure projects in both Kingdoms by implementing state-of-the-art technologies. Read More
Matt Squires speaks to MEED.com
Matt Squires speaks to MEED.com Matt Squires, CEO of SSH, has been featured in an interview on MEED.com. Matt speaks about the company’s success in creating award-winning designs, spotlightling both the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad and Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem cultural centres, which have won several awards between them and make up part of Kuwait’s new national cultural district. He also outlined our basic strategy for future business. “Since 2012, SSH has had a clear strategy and vision to become the architectural and engineering consultant, strategic partner and employer of choice in the Mena region,” Matt said. “Moving forward, our strategic vision will fundamentally remain unchanged, but there will be subtle implementation differences compared with the past five years, which has been mainly focused on growth, to now having greater focus on operational excellence.” Read the full interview here.
ME Road & Bridge Forum
ME Road & Bridge Forum SSH’s Infrastructure Director Mark Jamieson presents at Middle East Road and Bridge Forum in Dubai The Middle East Road and Bridge Forum played host to a case study presentation by SSH’s Infrastructure Director, Mark Jamieson. Mark was among speakers at the two-day event in Dubai, held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif AlNuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, in partnership with The Ministry of Infrastructure Development. The well-attended forum explored various new advancements in road and bridge design, construction and execution, as well as asset management, maintenance and safety. Mark presented a case study of SSH-led road infrastructure project, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Highway Upgrade in Bahrain. He outlined the challenges SSH faced working on such infrastructure upgrade projects, especially within an urban as opposed to a rural environment, and the design solutions SSH created to proceed smoothly with the scheme. On his presentation of SSH's project the Middle East Road and Bridge Forum, Mark said: “It was a pleasure to attend this prestigious event and to have the opportunity to showcase the work of SSH and the innovative solutions that we have been able to develop for our client on this critical and complex highway project.”
MENA Rail and Metro
MENA Rail and Metro Haitham Saleh, SSH KSA Resident Director, attended MENA’s Rail and Metro Summit in Dubai. The leading industry event drawn in industry experts in the Rail and Metro industry from the GCC and North Africa year-on-year.
META Projects CEO Bob Hope attended the META Projects 2015 conference in Dubai, where over 500 government officials, off takers, developers, financiers and investors discussed the latest market trends and opportunities for projects across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, as well as exclusive insights into the risks and returns involved in each project.
Michael Byron is interviewed by Construction Week Magazine at Dubai Cityscape 2016
Michael Byron is interviewed by Construction Week Magazine at Dubai Cityscape 2016 Design and Build Contracts Michael Byron, Resident Director in Dubai, is interviewed by Construction Week Magazine at Cityscape 2016. “The early stages of the design and build (D&B) process is about creating the design and adapting the method of construction to meet the demands of the supply chain. In order to do this successfully, the contractor and their team need to understand the client's ambitions and requirements, and that's the key to delivering it successfully". One of the most important criteria a contractor must consider to secure the success of any design and build (D&B) contract is the appointment of the consultant. They need to have the technical expertise, experience and capacity for major fast track D&B delivery. In addition they should command a deep knowledge of the local regulations and approvals processes, critical if delays in the process are to be avoided. SSH believe that it’s false economy to look for the cheapest design quote, it can be a high risk strategy. Contractors should consider the design consultant as a partner in the D&B process and wherever possible look to adopt a collaborative approach. This enables best practice to be shared, 'learning from each other' and repeat business secures better returns for each subsequent project. http://meconstructionnews.com/17665/me-consultant-october-2016
Michael Byron Speaks about Safety Design
Michael Byron Speaks about Safety Design On Wednesday, May 25th, SSH Resident Director Michael Byron will present at the Dubai & Northern Emirates CPD Training series organised by the Charted Institute of Buildings (CIOB). Michael will speak about safety design in buildings, the latest requirements for designers and share best practice. CIOB are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. Championing conservation and improvement of the built environment, CIOB seeks to enhance and promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society since 1834. CIOB Dubai & Northern Emirates Presents: CPD Training 25 May 2016 The Address Montgomery – Dubai 7.00 pm– 9.00 pm Read more
Middle East Architect Magazine Ranks Ray Phillips #18 in their Power List
Middle East Architect Magazine Ranks Ray Phillips #18 in their Power List Middle East Architect Magazine has released their annual Power List celebrating the achievements of individuals who shape design across the Middle East and beyond. Ray Phillips, SSH Design Director, has been selected among 40 of the top influential figures who have a continued regional presence and continue to demonstrate an inspired commitment to Architecture across the Middle East. Read more
Middle East Health, Safety and Environment Summit
Middle East Health, Safety and Environment Summit Tony Males, Site Operations Director, Adam Dillon, Site Operations Manager, and Health and Safety Manager, Stewart Cripps, attended this years’ Middle East Health, Safety and Environment Summit and Exhibition in Oman’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Muscat, to network with fellow advocates and support HSE improvement in the region.
Minister of Public Works visits Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Causeway site
Minister of Public Works visits Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Causeway site Minister of Public Works Mr. Abdulaziz Al Ibrahim visited Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Causeway Project site in Shuwaikh Port along with the employer’s representative team from Dar Al Handasah and SSH in addition to the project’s contractors, Hyundai Engineering and Combined Group Contracting. The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be constructed in the GCC region with a construction value of approximately USD 3 billion. The 36 km causeway provides new strategic highway routes to facilitate planned development to the north of Kuwait City. The importance of the project resides in its aim to substantially reduce travelling time and bridge the maritime link between Kuwait and Subiyah city which will help create a new residential area for up to 500,000 inhabitants in the north side of the country. SSH infrastructure director Mark Jamieson said: “The Subiyah Causeway project is a key project for SSH Infrastructure division. It not only comprises of the main bridge itself but also includes the construction of 2 artificial islands, 26 separate building structures and substantial changes to the existing infrastructure networks. This project highlights SSH’s ability to manage and supervise large-scale infrastructure projects as a leading consultant who is committed to the sustainable development of Kuwait.”
Monitoring visit to AMAR School & Office Work Site
Monitoring visit to AMAR School & Office Work Site SSH have designed the AMAR School for Orphans and an AMAR Office in Basra, Iraq. The school will comprise of 18 teaching and learning spaces for 500 students with additional facilities that include a function space, hall, science laboratories, library, offices and sports areas. It will present an attractive alternative to the standard government administered facilities both in terms of the quality of facilities and the educational standards achieved. It will offer an enhanced learning environment and opportunities for local children in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere conducive to learning. AMAR currently rents a small office in Basra City which will be replaced by an AMAR owned office built to the Basra Teams requirements. The office and school will share the site with common utilities and systems such as drainage, potable water and power wherever practicable. A series of initial concepts, representations and images were commissioned by the Basra Team who subsequently worked with a small SSH studio team to design both the school and the AMAR office. The design team started by creating a range of inspirational designs that delivered the learning and administrative spaces required and introduced a high level of flexibility in the potential use of spaces so that they may be used for charity functions and wider community use out of school hours. AMAR were not only focussed on potential costs associated with the development but also the simplicity of construction using readily available materials and with a minimum design life of 25 years capable of operating independently of locally supplied utilities (power and water). SSH are proud to be part of the unique opportunity to design and create educational facilities for the future and delighted to offer our specialist assistance to deliver the best possible facilities to support teaching and learning in the region.
Navigating the Unique Complexities of Designing Healthcare Facilities
Navigating the Unique Complexities of Designing Healthcare Facilities SSH’s healthcare specialist, Dr. Angela Burke, presented at this year’s Big 5 construction exhibition in Kuwait. Informed by her experience as a medical planner, she spoke to an international audience as to how design team members can navigate the unique complexities associated with designing contemporary healthcare facilities. She explained the extent to which healthcare design projects vary in speciality and scale. New healthcare facilities can range between an 800 bed facility, such as, SSH’s current Kuwait Children’s Hospital project, to a 7,000 sqm unique stem cell and umbilical cord facility which is currently under construction in the Al-Sabah region of Kuwait. She advised that, regardless of scale or type, a number of key considerations must be addressed and implemented. While similar to other architectural projects, she outlined the extent to which the industry needs to be aware that healthcare design schemes require additional services including health planning, medical planning, medical equipment spatial planning as well as specialist expertise that might include radiation protection and infection control services. Angela recommended establishing an organised management team to co-ordinate the work of large and knowledgeable design teams. Introduced during her presentation was the field of study that emphasises the importance of credible evidence to influence healthcare design is Evidence-Based Design (EBD). This use of knowledge improves patient and staff well-being by minimising patients, family and staff stress. One design strategy described was the introduction of positive distractions (artwork, entertainment and nature) to improve patient healing, stress reduction and better safety. Angela also stressed the need for specialist interior design in medical environments stating that infection control is a major consideration in healthcare environments as well as issues of materiality. Typical items he advised for consideration included slip-resistant and static free flooring, wall protection, chair materiality and strength of structure, and easily cleaned sanitary arrangements positioned in appropriate locations that support EBD and the occupants of the building. In summary Dr. Angela Burke stated that healthcare outcomes continue to benefit greatly from lessons learned as a consequence of recent developments in international healthcare design and the importance of regulation and standards in assisting navigation through the unique complexities of designing for improved healthcare.
New NBK Children’s Hospital is featured in the latest Gulf construction issue
New NBK Children’s Hospital is featured in the latest Gulf construction issue Technical Director and Partner Adriaan Vorster gives an insight into the new NBK Children’s Hospital, in Kuwait, where SSH services included architecture, medical planning and SMEP. The new building consists of an outpatient department (clinics), day-care facilities (infusion and treatment areas), a bone marrow transplant unit (specialist in-patient unit), specialist laboratories (haematology / oncology testing), pharmacy, administration and educational areas, case conference and lobby services. Read more here
Oil Sector Complex received Award of Excellence
Oil Sector Complex received Award of Excellence The American Concrete Institute presented the Award of Excellence to SSH for the Oil Sector Headquarters Complex as a Modern Landmark Building with Creative Use of Concrete in Kuwait.
Oman Projects Danny Warde, SSH Oman Resident Director, and Omar Nuri, Senior Project Manager, attended MEED’s Oman Projects Forum, the largest gathering of decision makers from across the infrastructure and energy sectors including government representatives, developers, contractors and consultants in the Sultanate.
Overview of Project Management in the Middle East
Overview of Project Management in the Middle East Khaled El Khoury, Construction Supervision Director, and Adam Dillon, Oman Operations Manager for Construction Services and Resident Engineer recently discussed the challenges in Project Management in the GCC with Construction Week Magazine. The duo referred to the skill shortage in the Middle East, but highlighted the benefits of Project Management to the client, concluding that it lowers costs, brings greater efficiencies, improves customer and stakeholder satisfaction, and therefore delivers greater competitive advantage. Read more
PAAET, design and supervision win for SSH
PAAET, design and supervision win for SSH SSH is pleased to announce the award of the design and construction supervision of the Technology, Business, Healthcare and Education complex project located at the south of Al-Oyoon area in the Jahra Governorate, Kuwait, by the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). SSH Kuwait Resident Director, George Abi Hanna said “SSH is very proud to be appointed by PAAET on an educational project, which contributes to the social development of Kuwait. This project is very much in line with our vision and mission, reinforcing SSH’s strategic partnerships and consultant of choice objective.” SSH’s joint venture is in conjunction with Perkins Eastman and Soor Engineering Bureau, as the local strategic partner.
Qatar Contractors Forum and Awards
Qatar Contractors Forum and Awards Maher Chatila, SSH Qatar General Manager, was present at this years’ Qatar Contractors Forum and Awards, which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doha. The yearly event gathers the biggest contacting companies in the country and region to discuss pressing issues.
Ray Phillips features in ME Architect Magazine
Ray Phillips features in ME Architect Magazine Find out what influences Design Director, Ray Phillips’s designs and how he is inspired by art and film, in the Middle East Architect Magazine, along with our new office in Dubai’s Design District. Read more here.
Ray Phillips Selected for MEED Quality Awards Jury 2016
Ray Phillips Selected for MEED Quality Awards Jury 2016 Ray Phillips, Design Director and Senior Partner at SSH, has been chosen to serve on the jury for the MEED Quality Awards for Projects in association with Mashreq. Now in their sixth year, the MEED Quality Awards for Projects have established themselves as the leading stamp of quality and achievement for firms operating in the GCC projects sector. The awards not only recognise the construction element of project delivery but also consider the value and quality of a project throughout its entire life cycle, from the design concept through to engineering and construction and the wider contribution it makes to society and to the environment. Read more
Ray Phillips, Design Director and CSO is featured in Design ME magazine
Ray Phillips, Design Director and CSO is featured in Design ME magazine The article by Ray Phillips, Design Director, CSO and Senior Partner, discusses how the Middle East can lead the world in arts and heritage architecture. The feature describes how cultural buildings signify a city’s confidence in itself, changing the psyche of its people. A community become more confident in their state, their place, and their city, as a consequence of the sense of place they create in which to celebrate their culture. Commercial spaces signify one sort of success, and associated residential estate makes the city a place, but when cultural buildings enhance that place, they make a clear statement that you appreciate your heritage and look to the future. Cultural buildings are history in the making. Read more on page 30.
Sean Dewhurst talks building design tech in Business Review ME
Sean Dewhurst talks building design tech in Business Review ME Business Review Middle East’s interview with SSH’s Change and IT Director Sean Dewhurst features in the July edition of the publication. Sean talks about SSH’s collaboration with leading figures within the technology industry, the innovations it has achieved through the implementation of cloud services and the adoption of the latest trends in building design tools, such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality technology. By using technology, and tying up with technology partners, SSH has experienced an increase in the efficiency of its service offering, resulting in a boost in business growth. “You need to build efficiency into everything,” Sean said. “We try to pick up the innovations that are out there and bring them together to bring advantages to what we do. That’s where we have to be, especially in the technology space.” Read the full feature on page 28 of Business Review Middle East here.
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre shortlisted for ABB LEAF Awards 2017
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre shortlisted for ABB LEAF Awards 2017 The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait has been shortlisted as a finalist for Public Building of the Year for the upcoming ABB LEAF Awards 2017. All shortlisted projects will be represented at a gala awards ceremony on 21 September at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, in London. The complex, a new museum district for the city of Kuwait, is a celebration of mankind’s scientific and cultural achievements. The museums celebrate Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. They will also embrace and showcase the rich diversity of the world’s finest cultural achievements. The project is due to be completed by the end of this year and will consist of six main buildings: A Natural History Museum; Science Museum; Museum of Islamic History; Space Museum; Fine Arts Centre; and a Theatre. Each museum building will contain an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits and artworks. Walking through the cultural district beneath the canopy of the street is a journey full of surprises, with stunning views deep into the heart of the museums where visitors will see framed vistas of priceless exhibits. Kuwaiti architecture is represented by the main ‘street’, which meanders and echoes the traditional ‘Ferej’. This creates exciting spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, mirroring the experience of walking down a traditional, busy Kuwaiti street. The museum buildings and the circulation between them are shaded and partially climatically controlled using a solar shade canopy, which is 200 m long with cantilevers of 30 m. The structure was inverted to allow the installation of 2,000 LED-lit shingles, which were parametrically designed and DMX controller-linked to provide evening light shows and daytime shade. The material chosen by SSH for the exterior cladding and roof paving of the complex was also carefully selected. The approved stone, named Skyline, is a true marble from Turkey with a clearly defined vein orientation in the quarry strata. Skyline has all the technical and aesthetic characteristics to meet the stringent requirements of the project. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. The annual LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) Awards brings together an audience of more than 100 leading senior figures from the world’s elite architectural design community. They will convene to celebrate, discuss and honour some of the best new international architectural projects, according to their specific criteria. The LEAF Awards has been running for more than 16 years and all shortlisted and winning projects are recognised as setting the benchmark for the future of the industry.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Opening
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Opening SSH is proud to announce the opening of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait. The cultural centre will showcase performing arts and create a world class theatre district. The multidisciplinary public space, aims to entertain, educate and inspire the people of Kuwait. It will offer music, film, theatre and workshops to the Kuwaiti people and will act as a cultural focal point for the GCC as a whole. http://www.jacc-kw.com/
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre shortlisted for MEP Middle East Awards 2017
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre shortlisted for MEP Middle East Awards 2017 The award-winning Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) has been shortlisted twice, this time for its behind-the-scenes innovations, at the MEP Middle East Awards 2017. Showcasing the best in mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), the annual MEP Middle East Awards highlight the excellence in MEP design and installation underpinning the iconic projects that contribute to the evolving and rapidly maturing construction landscape across the region. JACC has been shortlisted for both the Electrical Project of the Year and the GCC Project of the Year awards for its state-of-the-art installations. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. The MEP Middle East Awards ceremony takes place on 8 November at the Rixos Premium Dubai. Find out more about the awards here.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins at CID Awards
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins at CID Awards The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), in Kuwait, has collected another accolade, winning Interior Design of the Year, Public Sector, at the Commercial Interior Design (CID) Awards gala ceremony on 13 September 2017. The CID Awards pay tribute to the projects, interior design firms and designers making their mark on the region’s interior design industry, and herald work that displays original thinking, creative breadth and a willingness to stray from tried and tested formulas. The award judges “appreciated this modern twist on Arab architecture, with its graphite colouring and the use of symbolic patterns and poetry in a contemporary and artistic way. The project was particularly praised for the way it plays with light and shadow.” Winning its category at this year’s CID Awards event follows the success of the JACC complex also being celebrated as Best Public Service Architecture and Public Service Interior at the Africa & Arabia Property Awards, and winning the Award of Merit at ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards. Since opening in November 2016, the complex has played host to performing arts, local performances and international acts. The facility is the centrepiece of a world-class theatre quarter. The JACC complex’s key buildings are the Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents. Complex geometric shapes, inspired by Islamic architecture, form the richly textured outer skin of the four buildings that make up JACC, which sit like jewels within a large national Park for Kuwait. The wonders continue inside each building, with visitors discovering jewels within jewels, as they explore the beautifully designed interiors. A major interior feature at the complex is a monolithic signature chandelier that illuminates the entrance foyer to the National Theatre and spans between the outer walls of the National Theatre and Drama Theatre. Drawing an analogy between glass and water, the fixture presents itself in a tiered array of falling glass to evoke the impression of a giant indoor waterfall that visitors can walk around, pass under or walk behind at balcony levels. Another talking point is decorative calligraphy, spread over 8,000 sqm across the four building’s pavilions and designed into the cladding of the theatres, concert halls and libraries. Seven stanzas taken from the Kuwaiti Amir’s own sayings promoting culture and development were selected by the Amiri Diwan for each calligraphic installation. SSH was appointed as lead architecture, interior design and engineering designer on the complex. Find out more about CID Awards here and here.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins Award of Merit at ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins Award of Merit at ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) has been recognised with the Award of Merit at ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards. The complex will be honoured at a gala ceremony on 23 October, at the Sheraton hotel, Times Square, New York. Since its grand opening in November 2016, the complex has showcased performing arts, local performances and international acts. The facility is the centrepiece of a world-class theatre quarter set in spacious parkland. Complex geometric shapes, inspired by Islamic architecture, form the richly textured outer skin of the four buildings that make up JACC, which sit like jewels in a larger public park. Luxurious world-class buildings below the outer skin exude character, drama and a heightened sense of expectation. The wonders continue inside each building, as visitors find jewels within jewels, as they explore the beautifully designed interiors. The key buildings that form the JACC complex are the Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents, all set within a national Park for Kuwait. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. The ENR (Engineering News Record) Global Best Projects Awards focus on the challenges, risks and rewards of designing and constructing in other countries. Find out more about the awards here.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins two Africa & Arabia Property Awards
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins two Africa & Arabia Property Awards The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), in Kuwait, has been recognised as winner of both the Best Public Service Architecture and Best Public Service Interior accolades by the Africa & Arabia Property Awards. The centre will be honoured at a ceremony at The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, on 7 September 2017. The project will now go on to compete with other category winners for the chance to become a finalist in the International Property Awards, which takes place in December at a gala awards ceremony in London. Since its grand opening in November 2016, the complex has showcased performing arts, local performances and international acts. The facility is the centrepiece of a world-class theatre quarter set in spacious parkland. Complex geometric shapes, inspired by Islamic architecture, form the richly textured outer skin of the four buildings that make up JACC, which sit like jewels in a larger public park. Luxurious world-class buildings below the outer skin exude character, drama and a heightened sense of expectation. The wonders continue inside each building, as visitors find jewels within jewels, as they explore the beautifully designed interiors. The key buildings that form the JACC complex are the Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents, all set within a national Park for Kuwait. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. The Africa & Arabia Property Awards, now in their 26th year, are judged by an independent panel of 70 industry experts. Judging focuses on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability. The awards are the largest, most prestigious, and widely recognised programme of its kind in the Africa and Arabia regions. Find out more about the awards here.
Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Center for Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord
Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Center for Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord SSH has been awarded the design and supervision of the “Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Stem Cell & Umbilical Cord Centre” for Masharee Al-Khair Charity Organisation. Located in the Shuwaikh Medical Area, Kuwait on a site area of approximately 12,000 sqm, the facility will house an Outpatient centre for adult stem cell collection, a fully self-sufficient cryolab for freezing and long term storage of stem and cord blood cells as well as a research facility.
Simon Davies Speaks at World Building Congress 2016
Simon Davies Speaks at World Building Congress 2016 Simon Davies, Project Manager at SSH, presented his research last week to the World Building Congress 2016, the biggest global research, development and innovation event of the year. The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) World Building Congress has for several decades been the leading world conference with a focus on construction research and innovation. Academics, researchers, students, professionals, government officials, policy makers, practitioners, community groups, and NGOs were invited to report their research, related to multi-disciplinary perspectives on how the built environment can be made more sustainable, smart, safe and resilient. Topics included examples of design, planning, construction or process adaptations that have been undertaken to address the theme ‘intelligent built environment’ and smart cities. Simon’s research examines how some of the industry’s leading project management (PM) practitioners manage their creative teams. The research uncovers complex factors which guide a creative project managers actions. In his paper he presents a simple framework for how PMs can support the conditions required to cultivate creativity and enable design teams to thrive. This framework is presented as a practical and intuitive tool to supplement Construction-Industry Design and Project Manager’s toolkits. Read more
SSH Again Awarded #1 World Architectural Practice for Cultural projects in 2016
SSH Again Awarded #1 World Architectural Practice for Cultural projects in 2016 SSH is ranked #1 for Culture Architectural Design, #2 for Heritage Architectural Design, #3 for Infrastructure and #4 for Construction Management in Building Design World Architecture 100. Listed #3 amongst the ‘Top 10 Regional Practices’, the accolades reinforce our regional presence and celebrate our position as the architectural and engineering consultant, strategic partner and employer of choice in the MENA region. Read more
SSH appointed as Lead Consultant for Creek Horizon, Dubai
SSH appointed as Lead Consultant for Creek Horizon, Dubai Dubai Creek Harbour is a new venture from Emaar Properties in joint venture with Dubai Holding that is focused on building urban island residences onto the contours of the creek. The architectural forms create a destination within Dubai Creek Harbour and responds to the views of the Dubai skyline, waterfront, central park and creek beyond. Bob Hope, CEO of SSH comments: “We are very excited to be able to announce our partnership with Emaar on this exceptional project. Dubai Creek Harbour is the future of Dubai, and SSH is excited to contribute its expertise to the budding skyline. The design of Creek Horizon seeks to maximise the waterfront lifestyle and available views for all residents within the community. We are certain the design will also be a positive contribution to the surrounding city habitants.” SSH is a leading provider in a variety of sectors ranging from transport, infrastructure and sustainability to architecture and engineering services in the region. Since opening its d3 office in Dubai in October 2015, SSH has worked on over 120 projects in the Emirates, with Creek Horizon being the first public UAE announcement. Creek Horizon is expected to complete in April 2020.
SSH attend Open Day at the College of Engineering and Petroleum
SSH attend Open Day at the College of Engineering and Petroleum SSH participated as a gold sponsor, in the annual Open day event at the College of Engineering and Petroleum, organised by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is always a pleasure talking to Kuwaiti students about how SSH always offers opportunities to support them in pursuing successful careers in architecture and engineering.
SSH award-winners appear in CID magazine
SSH award-winners appear in CID magazine Following the success of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) winning Interior Design of the Year, Public Sector at the CID Awards, the SSH team behind that success has now appeared in CID magazine’s recent issue. SSH’s Prashantha Pais, Project Architect, and Wassim Ghandour, Senior Interior Designer – Building Design, represented the company’s Interior Design Team at the event and are pictured holding the award. “We are very happy and this was a very challenging project. No words can describe our emotions and feelings,” they said, adding that the four separate buildings that make up the centre made JACC a “one of a kind” project to work on. The award judges “appreciated this modern twist on Arab architecture, with its graphite colouring and the use of symbolic patterns and poetry in a contemporary and artistic way. The project was particularly praised for the way it plays with light and shadow.”
SSH awarded Al Khiran Pearl Mixed Use Complex project in Kuwait
SSH awarded Al Khiran Pearl Mixed Use Complex project in Kuwait SSH has been awarded the Khiran Pearl Mixed Use Complex by Tamdeen Shopping Centers Company. SSH (and RTKL), will complete the design of the new resort-style recreational and residential space in Kuwait’s southern region. Located at the heart of Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City, the environmentally-friendly recreational waterfront development, adjoining a 900 berth luxury marina, will be the downtown to a community of approximately 200,000 people. Al Khiran will feature a 75,000 sqm “outlet centre ”fitting perfectly into the picturesque waterfront with an array of tempting restaurants, high quality entertainment appealing to all, two residential towers, one furnished apartments tower, and a 5-star hotel, defining Al Khiran as the largest multi-purpose destination in Kuwait complete with Riviera-like lifestyle and boardwalk concepts. At the heart of this world-class marina will be Al Khiran Park, an urban retreat with manmade landforms that lends itself seamlessly to open air family attractions and performance spaces. The innovative design of Al Khiran starts include a powerful arrival experience at its landscaped car parks, covered walkways along the marina and monumental palm promenades, all of which are purposefully crafted to provide sustainable integration with the surrounding environment.
SSH Awarded First Prize in the AGB International Design Competition
SSH Awarded First Prize in the AGB International Design Competition SSH was awarded First Prize in the AGB international design competition for the design of the Algeria Gulf Bank (AGB) headquarters in Algiers and is now providing construction supervision services on the KD 16 million project. The twin towers rise from a 29,514 sqm site. SSH followed a sustainable design philosophy and incorporated energy savings and the use of environmental friendly materials. The structure features a steel skeleton with composite slabs and the building is provided with a full range of services, including special security systems required for banks.
SSH awarded Hessah Al Mubarak design packages
SSH awarded Hessah Al Mubarak design packages SSH has recently signed the contract for the design of three packages for six plots at the Hessah Al Mubarak development in Kuwait City. SSH will provide consultancy services for each of the packages, including architectural, interior design, landscape, structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering design, quantity surveying, tender documentation, permitting and tendering services for the development of five residential towers with associated parking facilities, and low-rise townhouses. Plot 52 is a luxury 1,830 sqm residential tower with 74 apartments distributed over 26 floors. Plots 50 and 51 comprise luxury waterfront residential twin towers with a total area of 5,506 sqm, with 212 apartments distributed over 42 floors, including a mechanical floor. Plot 160 consists of residential twin towers with a total area of 5,509 sqm and features 210 apartments distributed over 42 floors, also including a mechanical floor. Plots 158 and 159 comprise 12 low-rise buildings, made up of townhouse duplexes. The buildings are spread on both sides of the project’s spine along the plots and contain 48 units in each compound. Both plots will feature 96 townhouse duplexes overall. SSH has additionally completed the design and supervision of infrastructure works, which were constructed by Al Ahmadiah Contracting and Trading Company. The Hessah Al Mubarak Development includes 82 plots for residential buildings (high-, medium- and low-rise apartment buildings and duplexes); serviced apartments; offices; clinics; health clubs; commercial activities; retail; food and beverage (F&B) outlets, a mosque and a multistorey car park building. The land allocation for the project spans 227,066 sqm of which close to 50 per cent is dedicated to public services and amenities. This includes gardens, open public spaces, urban plazas, streets and multistorey public parking and utilities. Gardens and green areas across the project have been allocated 23,400 sqm.
SSH awarded infrastructure contract for Hasabi Waterfront Development
SSH awarded infrastructure contract for Hasabi Waterfront Development SSH has been appointed by Manara Developments BSC to provide design and construction supervision of infrastructure for the Hasabi Waterfront Development in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The mixed-use Hasabi development was designed in line with the most advanced aesthetic and construction design standards. The project homes three- and four-bedroom residential villas, each with a private jetty, as well as commercial developments for sea-view restaurants and coffee shops to serve the daily needs of residents, in addition to beach facilities and residential buildings three and four floors high. The SSH scope of services comprise the design and construction supervision of infrastructure works for the project, which includes the design of all road and utility networks; the work is being undertaken in close coordination with the master planning consultant appointed by the client. “We are proud to have been awarded the contract to undertake the design and construction supervision of the infrastructure work for this major project in Bahrain,” said Mark Jamieson, Infrastructure Director for SSH. “The Hasabi Waterfront Development is an exciting project for SSH. Our specialist experience on similar schemes, combined with our extensive knowledge of the Bahraini infrastructure project market, will enable fast and efficient delivery of the infrastructure works, with our services specifically tailored to meet our client’s requirements.”
SSH Bahrain wins Ras Al Barr Resort project
SSH Bahrain wins Ras Al Barr Resort project SSH Bahrain has been awarded the prestigious Ras Al Barr Resort, by PK Development Company W.L.L. SSH won the contract to provide master planning, architecture and engineering consultancy services in the new 1.5 million sqm reclamation development located in the south of the country.SSH’s Design Director, Ray Phillips, and Architecture Director, Simon Dennison, will lead the design team located in our Bahrain office. SSH Bahrain General Manager, Andrew Barwick said: “We are delighted and proud to be working on one of Bahrain’s most anticipated developments located on the prestigious Ras Al Barr peninsular. SSH remains fully committed to delivering design quality and successful projects for our esteemed clients and for the Kingdom of Bahrain’’.
SSH Cape Town
SSH Cape Town Since its establishment in 2013, SSH Cape Town has evolved into a key office for healthcare and design delivery within SSH. From its initial offering, which focussed on healthcare architecture and medical planning, this centre of excellence has since become one of SSH’s largest offices. The multi-disciplinary office’s service offering now includes Healthcare and General Architecture, Engineering, as well as Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Bidding and Proposal support. In less than four years, SSH Cape Town’s headcount has expanded from seven to more than 250 employees, necessitating a relocation to a more suitable premises in 2016. The 2,500 sqm office space reflects SSH’s corporate branding and is conveniently located in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant Central Business District, providing easy access for staff and international visitors. To celebrate the achievements of the past years, SSH Cape Town had the honour of welcoming the Senior Executive group, who officially opened the office on 23 November 2016. Omran Hayat (Chairman of the SSH Board), Sadoon Al Essa (Executive Partner), Robert Hope, Matthew Squires, Ray Phillips and Danny Warde attended the event, with the Chairman leading the official opening. In his key note message to the SSH Cape Town staff, Chairman, Omran Hayat, expressed how his first impressions of the office was that of vibrancy and positive energy, while CEO, Bob Hope, emphasised the “pivotal role” SSH Cape Town fulfils. Resident Director, Adriaan Vorster, commented on the positive impact of SSH projects on South African staff in terms of development. Not only was this occasion a unique opportunity for staff members to interface directly with the Executives, but it simultaneously strengthened the ties between the South African office and the broader consultancy.
SSH Celebrate the opening of Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
SSH Celebrate the opening of Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Executive Partner, Sadoon Al Essa is interviewed by Kuwait TV During a TV interview with SSH’s Executive Partner Sadoon Al Essa and Engineer, Niyaz Khajah, Assistant Undersecretary at the Amiri Diwan, Sadoon said, “It was a challenge for us to complete the design and construction of a project of this size and complexity in 22 months. This achievement was made possible by the Amiri Diwan’s intervention in expediting the project and overcoming obstacles.” SSH was proud to be invited to join the opening ceremony of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (SJAACC) in Kuwait. SSH was the lead architecture and engineering designer working with the world’s renowned specialists in lighting, acoustics, theatre engineering and historical archives. To watch the interview; https://youtu.be/C-EVlRaxaNI
SSH Chief Commercial Officer Lee Skinner visits Iraq
SSH Chief Commercial Officer Lee Skinner visits Iraq Lee Skinner, Chief Commercial Officer, and Ali Mayahi, Business Development Officer, attended a dinner with the Governor of Basra and the Provincial Council. They were guests of Baroness Nicholson, Chairman of the Iraq British Business Council (IBBC) and Trade Envoy to Iraq. Lee and Ali joined His Excellency the Governor of Basra, Dr Majid Al-Nasrawi, with representatives of the Basra Provincial Council. Representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office were also in attendance, SSH was proud to be invited as one of IBBC's founding members.
SSH Continues to Support Kuwaiti Talent
SSH Continues to Support Kuwaiti Talent Sadoon El-Essa, Executive Partner and Board Member of SSH, honoured the winners of the Engineering Design Exhibition organised by Kuwait University at the SSH Al-Hamra office. The winners of the Best Project Category were Samah Hassaneiah, Aisha Al-Dewli, Maysa Al-Moussawi, Reema Al-Enezi with their “Plastic Roads” project. Their research paper and presentation revealed that the use of plastic in the asphalt mix used to build roads, improved it’s durability, resilience to water damage and performance. SSH was a proud sponsor of this project as part of its continuous support to local talent and commitment to the improvement of the construction sector in the Middle East.
SSH Design for the Kuwait Children's Hospital revealed
SSH Design for the Kuwait Children's Hospital revealed SSH was appointed by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Works to provide a study and design for a new children’s hospital on a design-award-construct basis. The design was revealed by the Ministry of Public Works for the first time during the Arab Health Conference. The project is being undertaken by SSH in association with global architects HKS and engineering firm WSP. Representatives of SSH's Architecture and Healthcare Team attended the conference, a gathering of healthcare and trade professionals from throughout the MENA region were also in attendance at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. There has been a growth in demand for healthcare construction in the Middle East region and SSH, with its extensive experience in the sector across the globe, is well placed to contribute to the development of this sector. Our rich talent pool of shared professional expertise and knowledge is invaluable in a sector where design integrity matters, and facilitates collaboration with clients to create buildings that assist with the healing process. SSH continues to produce world-class architecture that facilitates faster recovery, improving the standard of care offered by the hospital’s operators. With the growth of the healthcare sector in terms of hospitals and the growing specialised healthcare workforce, alongside the technological developments, SSH is well placed to lead healthcare design into a new ‘gold standard’ generation of healthcare.
SSH engages with Qatar World Cup 2022
SSH engages with Qatar World Cup 2022 Robert Hope, Chief Executive Officer at SSH, speaks to ‘Middle East Consultant’ about the Qatar World Cup 2022. Our ambition is to be the strategic partner of choice in the MENA region, consequently SSH looks to develop its growing sport and stadiums portfolio. Read more
SSH exhibited at the AHIC event
SSH exhibited at the AHIC event SSH exhibited at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), held at the Madinat Jumeirah, in Dubai, on 24-27 April, showcasing its master planning, building design, infrastructure and construction supervision pedigree to the region’s hospitality industry. Design Principal, Studio David Daniels, who hosted a talk on AHIC’s main stage on Hotels of the Future was in attendance, and was joined by colleagues from SSH. The company aims to pursue new business with leading hotel brands to further encourage growth in its hospitality portfolio across the MENA region. By exhibiting at AHIC, SSH demonstrated its architecture and engineering capability to prospective clients, as well as its understanding and expertise in delivering hospitality projects.
SSH exhibited at the Dubai Design District’s (d3) Event
SSH exhibited at the Dubai Design District’s (d3) Event SSH exhibited at the Dubai Design District’s (d3) Discover d3 @d3dubai event at d3 on 14-16 March 2017. Discover d3 is a regular showcase event that invites the public to get to know companies that call the design-oriented complex home. SSH’s contribution to the event was a stand in the main entrance of its Dubai offices exhibiting the company’s completed project, the iconic Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) in Kuwait. Complex geometric forms inspired by Islamic architecture form the richly textured outer skin of JACC’s four buildings, which sit like jewels within a large public park. This results in a landmark design from SSH that exudes character, drama and heightens expectations. View video
SSH exhibits at ENCON1 event
SSH exhibits at ENCON1 event SSH exhibited at the 1st Consulting Services for Governmental Projects Forum (ENCON1) on 17-19 September 2017. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, and inaugurated by His Excellency Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, and the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, in co-ordination with the Consultant Selection Committee and the Federation of Kuwaiti Engineering Offices & Consultant Houses, ENCON1 is the first event of its kind in Kuwait. Created to foster greater partnership between the public and private sectors, the forum brought together engineering firms and consultancies with the aim of driving provision of services for government-backed projects for the State of Kuwait, in particular Kuwait’s 2035 strategic development plan. The SSH delegation, led by Executive Partner Sadoon Al Essa, featured key specialists to help showcase the company’s architectural and engineering pedigree for such projects. General Manager – Kuwait Khalil Alonaizi, among others, was also on hand to guide attendees through SSH’s more than 55 years of master planning, infrastructure, building design and construction supervision experience in the MENA region. Sadoon himself additionally gave his expert opinion in a panel discussion entitled ‘Registration, Qualification, Classification, Issuance and Evaluation of Consulting Services in Government Projects’. The efforts of SSH’s marketing team helped to make the company’s participation in the forum a success. ENCON1 was held at the Al Baraka Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Kuwait hotel. Find out more by visiting the website here.
SSH features in CID magazine
SSH features in CID magazine Commercial Interior Design magazine’s (CID) first issue of 2018 features David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH, as part of a panel at the designMENA Summit late last year in Dubai. In a session entitled 'Battling for Quality and Design Integrity', David, along with fellow panellists, discussed balancing quality with speed on project delivery, encouraging early and continuous input from clients, and how implementing value engineering early should help to keep material costs low without affecting the original design. "Value engineering tends to happen at the end of the project, but it should start on day one," David said. Of the event, David commented: "It was another amazing summit attended by some of the region's best people in the architecture and design industry. There was some great commentary from all speakers and panellists towards today's issues." Read coverage of the designMENA Summit 2017 here.
SSH founder visits London Interior Design and Landscape Architecture teams
SSH founder visits London Interior Design and Landscape Architecture teams SSH’s founding father Sabah Abi-Hanna (pictured in white blazer) paid a nostalgic visit to the company’s offices in London. Accompanied by Simon Dennison, Architecture Director for SSH (fourth from right), Sabah toured the site and met the London Interior Design and Landscape Architecture teams, led respectively by Design Principal – Interior Design Neville Smith (far right) and Principal Landscape Architect Dieter Wellmann (far left). Sabah said he was very excited to see SSH with a UK office once again. “I felt so much at home,” he said. “It brought back to me memories from the 1970s, when our relationship with the UK professional community started, culminating with SSC … in the mid-1980s.” SSH’s original UK satellite opened in 1979 under the name SSC, in the city of Bristol. The start-up not only provided much-needed design services for parent firm SSH, it also became a nexus for assimilating new skills and technology, such as early computer-aided design (CAD) programs. The current London stronghold of SSH has been in operation since 2014. “I wish SSH continuing success and growth” Sabah said of his legacy. “I hope to have the chance of visiting more of its offices around the world.”
SSH Honoured for Health and Safety Commitments
SSH Honoured for Health and Safety Commitments SSH has recently been recognised for our continuous Health and Safety commitments to Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway project. Abhilash Sudhanandan, SSH’s Safety Inspector, was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for his dedication to the project, by the Ministry of Public Works Project Director, Engineer Mai Al Mesad. The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah causeway is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the GCC region. The causeway project provides new strategic highway routes to facilitate planned development to the north of Kuwait City and comprises two discrete elements; a main causeway linking Shuwaikh Port to Subiyah New Town and the Doha Link which crosses the south of Kuwait Bay linking Shuwaikh Port with the Doha motorway. SSH is committed to ensure the safety of its workforce and the welfare of the general public through its efficient health and safety team and policies. The company recently attained internationally-renowned OHSAS 18001 certificate in all our markets of operation, inclusive of Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. This complements our previous awards of ISO 14001 Environmental Standard Certification and the recertification of ISO 9001 by NQA, a UKAS accredited certification body. Robert Hope, Chief Executive Officer, said ‘this is another acknowledgement that SSH adheres to the highest international standards for our work and the protection of our environment, employees, customers and the wider community we operate in’. Read more
SSH in Top 100 world architectural practices for the 6th year
SSH in Top 100 world architectural practices for the 6th year In the 2016 edition of the WA100, Building Design World Architecture 100 survey has recognised SSH’s leadership across all categories. With a top-ten ranking in all four primary criteria— Culture, Heritage, Infrastructure and Construction Management, SSH took third place overall among other Middle East practices and was ranked 72nd globally. SSH ranked first in the Culture and third in the Infrastructure categories for the second consecutive year. This reinforces our strong regional presence and continues to demonstrate an inspired commitment to Architecture. SSH earned the second place rank in the Heritage and fourth in the Construction Management categories, which celebrates our leading role in shaping the built environment and infrastructure of the modern Middle East. The annual World Architecture 100 compendium is administered by Building Design who surveys the world's biggest architecture practices to create a report that is one of the most respected annual publications in the industry. This year, world’s practices were ranked not only by their design portfolio but also by the number of fee earning architects they employ. SSH was selected in the Top 100 list ahead of 1278 other global architecture companies. Read more
SSH is making an impact in the media
SSH is making an impact in the media SSH continues its press story streak, with appearances in Design Middle East, The Big 5 Hub, Cityscape Global, Middle East Architect and Commercial Interior Design (CID) magazines among others during September. The news of Matt Squires becoming our new CEO is still in the public eye, with just one example being reported in the September edition of Design Middle East. SSH’s Design Principal – Studio David Daniels’ involvement in an advisory board meeting for the upcoming designMENA summit received coverage in both CID and Middle East Architect magazines for September. Dubai’s design market has become “a lot savvier”, David said. “It’s not about iconography anymore. It’s about quality. There’s a lot more intelligence on the side of developers and clients,” he added. Meanwhile, at the recent Big 5 Outdoor Design & Build Show, September’s edition of The Big 5 Hub featured a splash interview with SSH’s Principal Landscape Architect Boris Fabinski, where he explains how cities in the Middle East are evolving from being car-dominated to becoming more liveable spaces. SSH has received increased media attention of late, so expect to see more of us in the coming months.
SSH Landscape Principal features in Design ME magazine
SSH Landscape Principal features in Design ME magazine Boris Fabinski, Principal Landscape Architect at SSH, leant his expert opinion to Design Middle East’s November cover article on landscape design. As part of a team of experts called upon to cast their views on how regional landscape architecture can boost the appeal of property, Boris stressed that one of the challenges of the industry was integrating landscaping from the beginning of a project’s design process. “Landscape architects should be involved from the beginning in every project to ensure that site-wide considerations are factored into all design discussions.” With developers such as SSH taking this approach, projects across all over the region in sectors ranging from hospitality, through residential to commercial and public buildings, landscapes are playing an increasingly prominent role in establishing a scheme’s identity, functionality, accessibility and sustainability. Read the full article online here.
SSH launches its Qatar office announcing two new projects in the country
SSH launches its Qatar office announcing two new projects in the country SSH has launched its Qatar office and revealed designs of its recently awarded projects along with clients, strategic and media partners during a dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Doha. SSH COO and Qatar Resident Director, Matthew Squires has also revealed the designs of the first awarded projects in the country; Specialist Clinical Centre for Dental, Dermatology and Diabetes Services in Hamad Medical City and Wakrah Mall. Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) awarded SSH the design development contract for the new Specialist Clinical Centre for Dental, Dermatology and Diabetes Services. The project has six interconnected buildings consisting of a shared three level basement totalling 64,000 sqm and ground floor plus four upper levels totalling 61,000 sqm, to deliver a “super-clinic” care facility. Wakrah Mall, by E’EMAR Development & Real Estate Investment, will include retail shopping, a hypermarket, restaurants and sports and recreational activities. SSH scope of services includes multidisciplinary design services for the new mall, with a built up area of approximately 50,000 sqm. CEO Bob Hope explains that ‘it’s an exciting time for SSH. Our business strategy of blending international talent with local and regional expertise is exceeding our expectations. We are privileged to be welcomed in Qatar, and to be able to contribute to the fulfilment of the National 2030 Vision, supported by our clients and strategic partners.’ COO and Qatar Resident Director, Matthew Squires added, ‘We successfully gained our A-grade MMUP license whilst in parallel executed a focused marketing plan resulting in the award of these two prestigious projects within a short space of time after entering in market’.
SSH Oman wins Consultant of the Year award
SSH Oman wins Consultant of the Year award SSH Oman was awarded Consultant of the Year 2015 at the Construction Week Oman Awards Dinner that took place at the Grand Hyatt Muscat. SSH’s investment in Oman reflects the shareholders interests and commitment to the Sultanate. This commitment has resulted in us working on key projects such as the Royal Opera House Galleria, Oman’s Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Word Architecture Festival award-winning Junoot Eco Resort. Alistair Young, SSH’s Associate Director received the award on behalf of SSH Oman’s Resident Director Danny Warde. Alistair stated that, ‘It’s a great honour for SSH to be recognised for our hard work in Oman. Over the past 5 years we have successfully established ourselves as the “Consultant of Choice” in the market and also gained the trust of many significant clients and strategic partners who are equally committed to facilitating the fulfilment of the Sultanate’s vision to ‘reflect the historic, cultural and natural heritage and ethos of traditional hospitality’.
SSH Open Office as part of Dubai Design Week
SSH Open Office as part of Dubai Design Week David Daniels, Principal Architect at SSH commented on the event, ‘We are delighted to be a part of Dubai Design Week, which is a fantastic week of design and innovation at d3. We truly feel a part of the d3 community and felt it was only fair to open up our ‘shop’ to young eager design graduates, the media and any interested parties that want to see the cutting edge work we are undertaking and accomplishing at SSH. We are continuing to grow our hugely talented team at SSH and this represents a commitment to build on the success our team has accomplished, in Dubai and across the region.”
SSH participate in ‘Common Factors for Women Success Conference 2016’ in Kuwait
SSH participate in ‘Common Factors for Women Success Conference 2016’ in Kuwait SSH participated in the ‘Common Factors for Women Success Conference 2016’ as a silver sponsor. The Conference was arranged by Kuwait's first corporate social responsibility organization, Safira CSR. Under the patronage of her Excellency, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Mrs. Hind Al Subaih and the attendance of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth, Sheikha Al Zain Al Sabah and other esteemed guests. The event was attended by Kuwait's General Manager, Khalil Alonaizi and Head of Interior Design, Sebaa Al Orabi. Hala Tfayli, SSH's Head of Marketing and Communications, received the award on behalf of SSH. Khalil Alonaizi said of the event, "We always look to give back to society by supporting talented people and providing the best environment for development and growth. Our support for this event comes from our belief in the immense value women bring to our business, whether working for SSH or amongst our clients". "Our participation is testament to SSHs commitment to promoting a performance-based culture. Performance is a fundamental requirement for professional development and growth at SSH, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or gender" said CEO Bob Hope. In the same spirit, SSH has launched ‘Women in SSH (WISSH)’, a group dedicated to working towards educating and empowering women within our firm to enable them to play a greater role within the business.
SSH Participate in Dubai Design Week
SSH Participate in Dubai Design Week Open Studio Thursday 27 October,guided tours will take place at 1.15pm and 2.45pm. Building 6, Office 201-203A Dubai Design District (d3) Coinciding with the one year anniversary of opening our Dubai office, SSH will open our doors to the public for the first time for an Open Office event where representatives of SSH will be providing insights into how SSH is shaping the built environment and infrastructure of the modern Middle East. About Dubai Design Week Dubai Design Week is one of the world’s youngest and most ambitious international design weeks, created to shine a spotlight on Dubai as a leading design hub, and share the UAE’s thriving design scene with the world at large. Dubai Design Week was established in 2015 by Art Dubai Group in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), and is held under the dedicated patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Dubai Design Week is also supported by Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. In Dubai’s collaborative spirit, and as a reflection of the city’s global outlook, its design week is both regional and international in scope, encompasses public and private spheres, culture, education and entertainment, and spans multiple disciplines, ranging from graphic and product design to architecture and industrial design. Panels, keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops all contribute to the greater discussion of what design means for the region and the world. From 24 to 29 October 2016, the citywide celebration of design enthrals Dubai with design, engaging the local community and visitors alike. www.dubaidesignweek.ae
SSH partners with University of Salford to offer summer internship
SSH partners with University of Salford to offer summer internship SSH’s inaugural summer internship programme was successfully launched this year. Want to know what it’s like to intern at one of the MENA regions’ leading architecture and engineering consultancies? Meet 22 year old Tamara Karim, a student at the University of Salford, UK, currently studying Architecture Design and Technology. Having previously worked as a junior architect for Architect CT, focusing on interior design and architectural work, Tamara applied for the summer internship after seeing an advert calling for ambitious architecture students keen to relocate to the Middle East for an intense summer programme. After fierce competition and two rigorous interviews, her passion and dedication stood out and an offer was made. During her time at SSH, where she was Kuwait-based, Tamara experienced working for a company that has been adding to GCC cityscapes for decades, working side-by-side with our architectural studio team, learning more about the architectural business. Tamara’s duties included architectural sketching, research to create mood boards, turning them into conceptual ideas and drafting clients’ presentations for proposals and competitions. She also attended team meetings, discussing how to take the clients’ requirements and put them into concept. Working on a diverse range of projects that included two mixed-use towers in Downtown Dubai and Ras Al Bar Resort in addition to a master planning project in Bahrain, and the Kuwait Oil Company Housing project, she was able to improve her craft. She learned and practised her work using IT packages such as In-Design, Photoshop, AutoCAD and Rhino. With these skills, international experience, and a range of large-scale projects in her portfolio, Tamara has made a positive impact on her future, she feels ‘more independent and with a clearer view of her career path’. Particularly inspired by two strong female leaders at SSH, Business Development Director Karen Mort and Head of Interior Design Sebaa Orabi. ‘The office has an amazing atmosphere, with great experts that were there to help and teach throughout my whole journey. I’ve learnt a lot and made a lot of new friends’, highlights Tamara, who has also learnt a very important skill: networking. Whilst in Kuwait, Tamara had the opportunity to attend an Alumni Network event hosted by the University of Salford, where she connected with experts in diversified fields, received expert advice and was able to get some impressive contacts which she plans to put to good use once she graduates. Karen Mort, SSH’s Business Development Director stated that ‘SSH is pleased to have provided the opportunity for a talented young professional. We are always pleased to hear from ambitious students from our strategic partners, the University of Salford, either undergraduates looking to boost their skills and experience in a summer internship, or graduates who are looking for a career opportunity in the Middle East’.
SSH presents case for cloud-based sharing platforms
SSH presents case for cloud-based sharing platforms Eoin Nield, SSH’s BIM Manager, presented a case study to delegates at the Autodesk Futures’ Forum, an event that explores future technologies and their application by design professionals working across the architecture, consulting and contracting sectors. The forum was held at IMG Worlds of Adventure, in Dubai. Entitled ‘From Paper to Vapour – Demystifying Design in the Cloud’, Eoin’s presentation outlined SSH’s shift to cloud-based sharing platforms and the subsequent benefits this has for multi-regional design teams. “By adopting cloud-based sharing methodologies, SSH has optimised data-transfer processes between regional teams to increase collaboration and develop streamlined design review and document control processes,” Eoin said. Since utilising cloud-oriented processes, SSH has increased its efficiencies as an architecture and engineering consultancy and improved inter-departmental communications across its design teams stationed around the Middle East region and beyond.
SSH presents JACC as leading edge of cultural building innovation at KISR Concourse
SSH presents JACC as leading edge of cultural building innovation at KISR Concourse Delegates at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research’s (KISR’s) Innovation Concourse received a special presentation explaining the creative and practical considerations underpinning the design of the country’s latest cultural complex, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), by architecture and engineering consultancy SSH. The event was held on Wednesday 22 February 2017, at the KISR Shuwaikh Campus in the capital city. The KISR Innovation Concourse aims to highlight various aspects of innovative approaches to design, from the initial inspiration, through practical invention and application, to the commercialisation of such projects. The event culminated in a spotlight presentation that showcased an accomplishment made in one of these areas. The SSH developed JACC is Kuwait’s latest contribution to the country’s cultural landscape. Cultural buildings are some of the most important focal points of a city. They act as a nexus for creativity, encouraging cultural interaction, celebrating international and local talent, being a primer for education and helping to inspire new, fresh perspectives within the artistic community. To mirror this artistic ethos, cultural centres must be architecturally dynamic, awe-inspiring structures. Contemporary and aesthetically pleasing design must blend seamlessly with practical and flexible functionality, utilising cutting-edge building techniques, materials, technologies and practices. This is of increased importance in the harsher climates of the Middle East, where such institutions must be capable of withstanding environmental extremes without compromising their primary function. This need to adapt to the region’s climate often leads to new public buildings becoming a showcase for structural and environmental innovation. The JACC development, which opened to the public late last year, epitomises these ideals and is the centrepiece of a wider national cultural district, also master planned by SSH. Ray Phillips, Design Director, CSO and Senior Partner at SSH, and Lead Designer of the JACC, described to delegates how, by working closely with the client, an initial design brief had been developed outlining the scope and ultimate vision for the scheme. The guidelines, for four core structures encompassing the different practical aspects and site considerations for the development, led to the ‘four jewels’ concept for the centre. The main buildings are encased in an Islamic-inspired geometric titanium envelope, which are designed to interact with light and shadow and are set like jewels within extensive landscaped grounds. The highly textured outer skin has resulted in a dramatic external aesthetic against the surrounding public spaces that sees the JACC stand out as a major focal point of the Kuwait City skyline. This outer casing also acts as temperature regulation and a protective watertight weather shield for the core structures beneath, with their creative functions – a Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents – becoming the creative “jewels within jewels” of the development. Inside, the core structures highly flexible spaces have been designed, with aspects, including the Conference Centre, able to physically transform to accommodate the practical public needs of the complex. The interior public areas are beautifully designed, but also practical, carrying the external canopies’ Islamic-inspired design language into the interior spaces via further geometric forms and Islamic calligraphy. “Working together with the client, SSH embarked on a design journey to realise a series of dramatic yet flexible buildings. Careful planning enabled us to fulfil the client’s ultimate vision for a cultural space that will be a new centrepiece for creativity, not only for Kuwait, but also the wider Middle East,” said SSH’s Ray Phillips at the concourse event.
SSH presents outline of BIM compliance at ‘BIM: A Roadmap for Kuwait’ Conference
SSH presents outline of BIM compliance at ‘BIM: A Roadmap for Kuwait’ Conference Kuwait University’s College of Architecture hosted a conference to discuss the development of a roadmap for BIM adoption in Kuwait. The conference, entitled ‘BIM: A Roadmap for Kuwait’, took place on Monday 27th March 2017 in Kuwait and was attended by several key building industry professionals from Kuwait Municipality, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), Amiri Diwan and many others. As an example of BIM compliance, Eoin Nield, BIM Manager at SSH, presented an outline of the recent BIM mandates introduced by the Dubai Municipality (DM) and the subsequent challenges facing consultants, authorities, contractors and supply chains. Drawing on this experience, Eoin recommended that the MPW should consider establishing a steering committee for BIM in Kuwait to “…draw together government legislators, building industry professionals and end users to develop a robust BIM protocol for government projects”. Eoin was particularly supportive of the MPW’s intention to introduce a BIM mandate. “In considering BIM mandates, the MPW is embracing the value-added proposition of BIM methodologies and how they can aid in increased inter-disciplinary communication and collaboration to minimise construction risks and costs,” he said.
SSH ranked #8th place amongst GCC’s Top 25 MEP consultants
SSH ranked #8th place amongst GCC’s Top 25 MEP consultants SSH placed #8 in the Middle East’s Top 25 MEP Consultants, by a leading publication, MEP Middle East. Read the full article here.
SSH ranked #92 in the Top 225 International Design Firms
SSH ranked #92 in the Top 225 International Design Firms SSH ranked #92 in the Top 225 International Design Firms, by world-renowned ENR, a continuous upward climb from previous years.
SSH ranks amongst the world’s best architectural practices for 2015
SSH ranks amongst the world’s best architectural practices for 2015 SSH is proud to announce we rank amongst the Top 100 Architecture companies in the world for the 5th year in a row. Ranked by World Architecture 100. Now in its 22nd year running, BD Online World Architecture 100 survey gathered data from over 1,400 practices to compile this year’s top 100 firms worldwide, making it a definite guide into today’s leaders in the industry. SSH’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Hope, said "this is a phenomenal achievement for the whole SSH family who work so hard towards SSH’s continuous success. It’s also reassuring to our clients and international partners who increasingly place their trust in us to know that they are in safe hands with one of the best firms in the industry". Click here to see the World Architecture100 2015 survey results.
SSH ranks amongst Top 20 MEP Consultants in the Middle East
SSH ranks amongst Top 20 MEP Consultants in the Middle East SSH’s growing MEP Team have been ranked #7 amongst the Top 20 MEP Consultants by for MEP Middle East Magazine in the 2016 edition. The publication’s survey has recognised SSH’s leadership across the region’s MEP consulting community, our top-ten ranking for two years in a row. The team is primarily based out of SSH’s Dubai office, but flexible and mobile to work on our regional projects. Always striving for greatness, SSH is an advocate for improvement in MEP delivery across the region, using BIM and Revit in all our projects, providing extensive training internally, and striving to support higher expectations from clients. The annual power list is administered by MEP Middle East who surveys the regions’ largest MEP consultants based on revenues achieved in 2015 and forecast for 2016. Consequently, the team size of our operation, the number of MEP and BIM engineers based in the region, as well as number of GCC nationals and women working at SSH were taken into consideration. Read more
SSH ranks in ENR’s Top International Design Firms
SSH ranks in ENR’s Top International Design Firms SSH has increased its rank in ENR Magazine’s annual Top International Design Firms list for 2017. ENR’s list sees SSH achieve a rank of 95 out of the 225 total international design companies that appear in this year’s results. For the Top International Design Firms for 2017, ENR ranked companies based on total revenue achieved for design services delivered outside their home countries during 2016. The full listing can be found online here.
SSH receives Special Performance Award
SSH receives Special Performance Award The Ministry of Public Works presented the Special Performance Award to SSH in recognition of our utmost cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works and the contractor for the construction supervision of the Outer Bypass Project which was completed on time, within budget and to the complete satisfaction of the Ministry in Kuwait.
SSH recognised as #1 for Cultural Architecture in the Middle East 2015
SSH recognised as #1 for Cultural Architecture in the Middle East 2015 SSH was announced as the top Cultural Architectural Global Practice by the World Architecture 100 and #8 for Heritage Architecture. Read more here.
SSH reveals designs for the prestigious Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
SSH reveals designs for the prestigious Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre SSH unveiled its innovative designs for Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, a 214,000 sqm development which will become the epicentre of the Kuwait City’s cultural life. The multi-faceted parkland complex will celebrate Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. It will also showcase the diversity of the world’s finest cultural achievements. SSH’s Design Director, Ray Phillips, said, “Our designs reflect the scale and international vision of the Cultural Centre. Whether viewing the structures from the outside or the inside, visitors will see an inspiring and constantly changing juxtaposition of geometric shapes and materials. This celebrates the diversity of cultural expression and we are confident it will attract the world’s leading performers, musicians, business leaders and academics.” The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre is a project led by Amiri Diwan on behalf of the government of Kuwait.
SSH Showcase at the Design Pavilion by d3 @ GIES
SSH Showcase at the Design Pavilion by d3 @ GIES SSH were delighted to take part in the Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES), the region’s premier forum on the Islamic economy as part of Dubai Design Week. GIES brought together world-class experts across different industry sectors to directly address the greatest challenges and opportunities in the Islamic economy. SSH were selected to display images of building designs that illustrate how some of our architectural projects have been inspired by classical Islamic design. It was curated by Cyril Zammit, Fair Director of Design Days Dubai and Director of Dubai Design Week. The d3 Design Pavilion brought together a selection of photography, and physical design pieces that showcase Islamic design and architecture across the Middle East. The display received extremely positive reviews and feedback from all delegates, and was itself visited by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
SSH showcases at AHIC Event
SSH showcases at AHIC Event SSH will be exhibiting at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on 25-27 April 2017. As the only architecture and engineering consultant at the event, SSH will showcase its experience in delivering hospitality projects across the MENA region. SSH experts will be making an appearance at the event, with Design Principal, Studio, David G. Daniels presenting a talk about Hotels of the Future. CEO Bob Hope, CSO Ray Phillips and Associate Director, Hospitality, Clinton Bull will also be in attendance.
SSH speaks at Outdoor Design and Build Show 2017
SSH speaks at Outdoor Design and Build Show 2017 SSH’s Boris Fabinski, Principal Landscape Architect, hosted a presentation at the recent Outdoor Design and Build Show 2017. In his session entitled, ‘Designing in the Existing Public Realm of Dubai’, Boris outlined the challenges, opportunities and solutions involved with creating outdoor spaces and integrating them with the surrounding urban city environment. Citing a case study of where urban landscape design could greatly improve parts of Dubai, Boris then showed delegates what urban city life could be like for habitants in the future. “I gained lots of positive feedback,” said Boris of his presentation. “Dubai is a city that realises that well-designed urban areas, that utilise smart technologies and are more physically integrated, will help it become an even more attractive and liveable place for its citizens and visitors alike.”
SSH specialists honoured by Kuwait Fire Department (KFD)
SSH specialists honoured by Kuwait Fire Department (KFD) In a ceremony at SSH’s Kuwait offices on 29 January 2018, the Kuwait Fire Department (KFD) honoured a specialist team from SSH for developing material and delivering training sessions on smoke ventilation design in buildings for KFD trainee HVAC engineers. The SSH-led training sessions, held from 14-18 January 2018, were hosted by Mohammed Tanveer Taj, Principal Mechanical Engineer and Makram Kataya, Project Mechanical Engineer, with the workshops being organised by Statutory Authority Co-ordinator Reza Aghili. The scope included the theory and principles of smoke ventilation design and system objectives. The workshops also made use of some SSH projects as case studies to demonstrate the particular issues associated with the design of systems in large underground car parks, high-rise buildings and atria. The workshops were so well received that senior KFD personnel also attended the training sessions. In appreciation of SSH’s collaboration with the KFD, leading KFD officials representing various governorates of Kuwait held a ceremony for Tanveer, Makram and Reza, presenting them with certificates of appreciation, and presenting Sadoon Al Essa, Executive Partner at SSH, with a plaque for their efforts. Also in attendance were key SSH personnel: George Abi-Hanna, Managing Director, Kuwait; Khalil Alonaizi, General Manager, Kuwait; Paul Crayford, Engineering Director – Building Design; Jacquelyn Portman, Associate Director – Building Services; and Ahmed Essawi, Statutory Authority Manager. The success of this first raft of workshops has led to further discussions of collaboration between SSH and the KFD, with advanced regulatory training sessions on the agenda.
SSH sponsored the 11th Hospital Design and Infrastructure 2014 conference in Dubai
SSH sponsored the 11th Hospital Design and Infrastructure 2014 conference in Dubai SSH sponsored the 11th Hospital Design and Infrastructure 2014 conference in Dubai where SSH’s healthcare specialists, Dr. Angela Burke and Architect Zaki Tork, were guest speakers. They gave a presentation on the use of intelligent software technologies and their benefits for delivering future MENA region healthcare projects. SSH incorporate the use of intelligent software technologies in all our designs to increase efficiency and improve hospital project delivery. They spoke with practical experince of designing hospitals throughout the MENA region.
SSH Strengthens its Healthcare Team
SSH Strengthens its Healthcare Team SSH made three key appointments to ensure its Healthcare team offers world class consultancy services on medical projects in the MENA region. Adriaan Vorster leads the team which has 35 years combined healthcare project experience. Their proven track record includes the planning, design and collaboration on more than 100 large-scale healthcare facilities in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Adriaan has extensive experience of working to the highest international standards and leading the design and delivery process of complex, large scale state-of-the art medical facilities. Alongside Adriaan, Lennie Joubert brings extensive international experience and he will provide specialist architectural and project management input. Liezl De Jager specialises in Medical Planning and works with facility staff to prepare a detailed schedule of accommodation leading to further detailed medical design development. Adriaan said “We are all delighted to be joining SSH and bringing our complementary skills together to benefit SSH clients. He added “Our team is well versed in delivering state-of-the-art facilities and in protecting the design integrity of each project throughout the complex and sometimes protracted value engineering process.
SSH stresses the importance of simplified PPP projects
SSH stresses the importance of simplified PPP projects Michael Brown, Senior Bid Manager at SSH, delivered a presentation at the 8th annual PPP and Project Financing conference, in Dubai. The event explored the regulatory framework underpinning public-private partnerships (PPP) and alternative finance mechanisms in the MENA region, and how best to utilise the various project finance models available on the market. Michael stressed the need to simplify PPP projects, streamline procurement processes and for the project finance sector to be more selective over which schemes the PPP model should be applied.
SSH takes part in ME Smart Landscape Summit panel
SSH takes part in ME Smart Landscape Summit panel Boris Fabinski, Principal Landscape Architect at SSH, took part in a panel discussion at the fifth annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2017, held in Dubai. The summit aimed to promote the Middle East’s commitment to the sustainable growth of green spaces, outline innovative approaches towards green transformation, and encourage investment in green infrastructure. Boris, with other panellists from the urban design, real estate development and landscape design sectors, discussed Dubai’s Plan 2021, the government’s mandate to deliver urban environments – both natural and built – to improve the emirate’s liveability for its citizens and visitors. They also focused on how designers can facilitate better connectivity between the city’s green spaces through public transport infrastructure, pedestrian access, and increased cycle-path networks.
SSH team attend Arabian World Construction Summit in Abu Dhabi
SSH team attend Arabian World Construction Summit in Abu Dhabi SSH sponsored a key award and exhibited at MEED Arabian World Construction Summit in Abu Dhabi. SSH is currently working in Abu Dhabi on the interior design of the Presidential Palace along with Xavier Cartron. We are proud to be part of this eminent landmark project which reinforces Abu Dhabi’s leadership within the UAE and GCC.
SSH to follow planned leadership transition from 1 September 2017
SSH to follow planned leadership transition from 1 September 2017 SSH today announces that, after five years at the helm, CEO Bob Hope will be stepping down from his position and will be handing over to Matt Squires, SSH’s current COO, as part of the group’s ongoing succession strategy. Bob will remain in a supporting advisory capacity for the remainder of the calendar year and will also continue to provide ongoing consultancy support to the group Chairman. SSH Chairman Omran Hayat stated: “On behalf of myself and the Board of SSH, we would like to thank Bob for five years of outstanding service to SSH and in leading the transformation of the group from being a highly respected local design consultancy into a leading multidisciplinary design consultancy group across the MENA region. Bob has developed a solid leadership team at SSH and, as part of this team, Matt has been developed as his successor. This news demonstrates both our commitment to internal staff development and the success of our succession strategy. I'm sure that Matt will now build on the foundation established to date and take SSH to even greater future success, and I congratulate him on his promotion.” Bob Hope stated: 'I would like to thank the Chairman and the SSH Board, along with all the wonderfully talented people we have throughout SSH, for their hard work and support to me over the past five years. We have built upon SSH's proud 50-year local legacy and transformed the group into a regional industry leader delivering world-class projects to high-calibre clients as their consultant of choice. Now is the right time for me to step aside and let the new SSH leadership take the organisation forward for the future. I'm really pleased to be handing over to Matt who will, I’m sure, be an excellent CEO for the SSH group.” Matt Squires stated: “Following five years of meteoric growth and increased brand awareness across the MENA region, SSH has created a great platform in our selected markets to strengthen our position as a trusted partner to our clients and strategic partners. I have greatly enjoyed working with Bob in transitioning the business over the past five years in my role as Chief Operating Officer. I am excited to work with Omran, the Board and the entire SSH family to continue to strengthen SSH’s standing, and support our talented staff to realise their individual potential within a challenging, fun environment.” Matt will be leading the SSH delegation to the Cityscape Global real estate event in Dubai as CEO in early September and will make himself available for interviews and further comment at this time. Please contact Tanya Lowe at Tanya.Lowe@sshic.com for appointment slots.
SSH to lead infrastructure and master plan Marsa Al Seef mixed-use project
SSH to lead infrastructure and master plan Marsa Al Seef mixed-use project SSH has been appointed by Marsa Al Seef Real Estate Investment Company to provide the design of Primary Infrastructure and updating of Master Planning services for the Marsa Al Seef mixed-use development, located on the northern coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain. SSH’s services cover the initial 122-hectare site forming the first phase of what will ultimately be a 235-hectare project. The Marsa Al Seef development will be a self-contained waterfront city with extensive residential and leisure components, and complementary commercial opportunities set off-shore from the historic traditional fishing villages of Bahrain. SSH is a leading provider of infrastructure, master planning, building design, and construction supervision services in the region, with more than 130 projects in the team’s collective portfolio. The project will be designed and managed by the team at the SSH Bahrain office.
SSH was recognised as #3 amongst the Top Ten Architecture Practices 2015 in the Middle East
SSH was recognised as #3 amongst the Top Ten Architecture Practices 2015 in the Middle East SSH was recognised as #3 amongst the Top Ten Architecture Practices in the Middle East, whilst on a global scale we were #3 in Infrastructure and Construction Management, by world-renowned World Architecture 100. Read more here.
SSH wins CanalView construction supervision services contract
SSH wins CanalView construction supervision services contract SSH has commenced the construction supervision consultancy services of Naseej BSC’s CanalView mixed-use development, in Dilmunia, Bahrain. This follows the successful execution of lead design consultancy services by SSH. Piling has now started on the project, with a groundbreaking ceremony taking place in late October attended by key officials from Naseej and SSH, among other strategic partners. CanalView is a mixed-use residential and retail development comprising four elegant residential towers with a two-level retail and F&B podium, developed over 13,068 sqm. The luxurious property is within walking distance of Dilmunia Mall, and is close to Bahrain’s main arterial roads, social infrastructure and Bahrain International Airport. The fundamental design approach is to create an urban environment that takes full advantage of the development’s prime waterfront location within Dilmunia Island. The CanalView development offers canal-side living at its finest. The residences are set in beautifully landscaped gardens next to a sweeping canal-side promenade. Residents can also enjoy the benefits of an exclusive private club, incorporating a range of sporting and entertainment facilities. “As lead design consultant on CanalView, we are now excited to be taking this exceptional mixed-use development through its construction phase,” said Andrew Barwick, SSH Resident Director. “Our appointment as construction supervision consultant on this project demonstrates our commitment to Naseej as a client, but also the opportunity to ensure the construction meets the developer’s expectations through successful timely and quality completion.”
SSH wins Construction Supervision contract for the Expansion of Al Adan Hospital
SSH wins Construction Supervision contract for the Expansion of Al Adan Hospital SSH has been appointed to provide construction supervision services for the expansion of the Al Adan Hospital. The new facility consists of a total of 635 beds with a total built up area of around 500,000 sqm. The project was awarded on a design, construction, equipping, furnishing, operation and maintenance basis by the Ministry of Health and is expected to be completed within a 42 months programme. The hospital is a multi-facility development, conceived to complement existing medical facilities within AL ADAN medical district site as part of the government national healthcare expansion plan. SSH has become a leading provider for healthcare planning, architecture and engineering services in the region. Our healthcare specialists are currently working on Kuwait Children’s Hospital, Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Centre for Stem Cells & Umbilical Cord, the NBK Children’s Cancer Centre in Kuwait as well as completed the design of the Specialist Clinical Centre for Dentistry, Dermatology and Diabetes Hospital in Qatar.
SSH wins Kuwait Finance House Residential Tower Project
SSH wins Kuwait Finance House Residential Tower Project SSH was awarded the contract for Design and Construction Supervision Consultancy Services for the prestigious Kuwait Finance House ‘Residential Complex’, on Gulf Street in Kuwait City. The site covers an area of 6,638 sqm in the Sharq Area, a prime waterfront location offering unrivalled views. The new complex will offer residents exceptional facilities and living standards that supersede many of Kuwait’s most desirable waterfront developments.
SSH Works On Al Mouj Muscat
SSH Works On Al Mouj Muscat SSH was awarded the design of Zunairah Villas and Juman One residential block at Al Mouj Muscat (formally known as The Wave Muscat), a public-private venture between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and Majid Al Futtaim Properties (based in the UAE). SSH was appointed to design two villa prototypes to be used in the latest addition to Al Mouj Muscat community master plan; Zunairah, a limited collection of exclusive beachfront villas. Split into two zones, Z1 with a total built-up area of approximately 900 sqm, and Z2 with a 1800 sqm built-up area, the prototypes are designed to provide the ultimate in luxury, aiming to set a new benchmark for residential living in the Sultanate. Juman One is the first unique instalment in the development providing resort-living services of elegance and style. It will offer uninterrupted views to Almouj Marina, the award-winning marina and flagship yachting and sailing destination in Oman. Offering 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, Juman One was designed with serenity and sophistication embedded in its architectural ethos. With services to match, the prestigious residence will offer a modern gym with male and female spas and changing rooms, an owners’ lounge and outside lounging areas, games room, and a concierge service. There are also three adjacent pools cascading towards the marina, made up of a lounging pool, children’s pool and a lap pool. Six penthouses are designed with the same theme in mind, offering opulent architecture with open-plan features, spa bathrooms, terraces, and 5-bedroom units, with two central penthouses offering a private outdoor lap pool and jacuzzi. The world-class lifestyle and leisure destination bridges people, businesses and cultures to create a thriving waterfront community along the 6km stretch of coast in Muscat. It will comprise of luxury residential properties, retail and dining facilities, Oman’s only signature designed PGA standard 18-hole links golf course and the 400 berth Almouj Marina, Oman’s largest private yachting hub.
SSH-designed Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre turns a year old
SSH-designed Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre turns a year old The SSH-designed Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), is celebrating its first year of operation. The already iconic venue is the first significant venture for Oman into the conferences and exhibitions market. The centre aims to act as a gateway to Muscat and draw on Oman’s strong cultural heritage, architectural traditions and natural beauty. OCEC has hosted 101 events since opening and has seen more than 750,000 visitors walk through its doors, helping to boost Oman’s economy. After a successful year of business, construction is already well under way for the second phase in the centre’s development, also designed by SSH. The next phase is due for completion in 2018. SSH is proud to be involved in such a project and wishes OCEC a very happy birthday.
SSH-designed the Stem Cell Therapy Unit of NBK Children’s Hospital located in Sabah Medical Area
SSH-designed the Stem Cell Therapy Unit of NBK Children’s Hospital located in Sabah Medical Area The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and the Kuwait Ministry of Health have officially opened the Stem Cell Therapy Unit at NBK Children’s Hospital designed by SSH. SSH is honoured to have been trusted to deliver such a vital facility for children living with cancer. The completion of the new hospital building falls under corporate social responsibility initiatives undertaken by NBK. SSH congratulates the management of the bank on opening of this Unit. The specialist healthcare centre is the first hospital in Kuwait that offers bone marrow transplants for children under 16 years old free of charge and is a continuation of the NBK children's hospital project, which the bank first launched in 1996. The SSH multi-disciplinary teams oversaw the output of the scheme, in terms of healthcare architecture, medical planning and sustainable MEP. Services provided included conceptualising the design, followed by full documentation of the design while coordinating with other specialists, and construction supervision of the project. The Stem Cell Therapy Unit comprises an outpatient department (clinics), day care facilities (infusion and treatment areas), a bone marrow transplant unit (specialist inpatient unit), specialist laboratories (haematology/oncology testing), pharmacy, administration and educational areas, case conference and lobby services. The mechanical and electrical services were designed to support the completed first phase of the project and potential further phases if required.
SSH's COO judges at the Construction Week Awards
SSH's COO judges at the Construction Week Awards Matthew Squires, SSH’s Chief Operating Officer was invited to be a member of the judging panel at the Construction Week Online 2014, conference held at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, in Dubai. The awards seek to recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess and project success across 16 categories. Matthew, who has over 17 years’ experience in the industry, has worked in multiple countries in the GCC region, as well as the UK and Eastern Europe. To know more about Matt click here.
SSH's Matthew Squires (COO) interviewed by Construction Week
SSH's Matthew Squires (COO) interviewed by Construction Week Matt Squires, SSH Chief Operating Officer and Resident Director, Qatar, discusses SSH’s strategic approach to talent acquisition and retention in the industry and explores why recruiting suitable talent can be a challenging task in the latest issue of Construction Week. Read more.
SSH’s David Daniels presents at Arabian Hotel Investment Conference
SSH’s David Daniels presents at Arabian Hotel Investment Conference David Daniels, Design Principal, Studio at SSH, presented a talk on ‘Hotels of the Future’ at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, a hospitality industry event held at Madinat Jumeirah, in Dubai. Using the ‘PechaKucha' format of presentation, where speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each, David outlined that hotel brands must adapt to current consumer trends and move towards a more immersive and authentically local experience for their visitors that competitive models, such as home-sharing portals, provide. By recreating the home-sharing accommodation trend, but with the perks of hotel living and set within an architecturally stunning concept, such as the building designs SSH is known for, the hotel industry can keep pace with consumer desires for new lifestyle experiences. David stressed the importance of building brand recognition and the key role tools such as social media and an online presence have in promoting that message to consumers and, ultimately, that iconic architectural hotels help to drive the recognition hospitality brands seek. “People want to buy into a culture … they want to take that shot and put it on Instagram to be recognised as part of that luxurious lifestyle. That social presence [for hotel brands] is invaluable,” David said. “And what the hospitality industry can do going forward is to hire really good architects to design buildings for them that creates that really good brand image.”
SSH’s Design Director Ray Phillips spoke at the IBBC conference
SSH’s Design Director Ray Phillips spoke at the IBBC conference Ray Phillips, Design Director, made a presentation to the Iraq British Business Council (IBBC) 8th London Conference (5th November, 2014). The Chairman of the day was Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, UK Trade Envoy to Iraq. He represented SSH on a panel of experts, chaired by Jack Pringle (Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will). Ray spoke about ‘The Importance of the Built Environment for the Future of Iraq’ and shared with the audience our passion for developing master plans, infrastructure, building design and construction supervision. His insightful address was followed by constructive debate described by the Deputy Minister for Housing and Construction in Iraq, Dara Rashid Yara, as a “Brilliant presentation”. Following the conference Ray and Karen Mort, SSH's Business Development Director, were received by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Emma Nicholson, at the House of Lords, the evening reception was to celebrate the conference success.
SSH’s Kuwait Children’s Hospital article appears in Landscape ME magazine
SSH’s Kuwait Children’s Hospital article appears in Landscape ME magazine An article by Paul Fraser, Landscape Architect at SSH, explaining how the landscape design of SSH’s upcoming major healthcare project, the Kuwait Children’s Hospital (KCH), can promote patient recovery, appeared in the February issue of Landscape Middle East. The hospital will be the largest of its kind in the world once complete and is a landmark development for Kuwait, delivering 792 beds over 300,000 sqm of functional floor space. Paul’s article explains how the design language of KCH’s exterior and interior spaces seamlessly transition and work together to provide positive healing environments not only for potential patients’, but also for staff who will work at the new facility. “The brief called for a futuristic yet functional design, fusing energy efficiency, state-of-the-art technology and world-class healthcare design.” Paul writes. “At the same time, as hospitals are places of hope and rehabilitation, a key principle of the design team’s agenda was to create a welcoming and positive environment for all children and their families.” He continues: “Studies have shown that views across attractive gardens from within a healthcare facility can have a positive impact on clinical outcomes … in addition to offering extended views to semi-public and private areas. This underlined to the team the value not only of the experience within the garden, but the views across it from within the building – both during the day and at night.” Read Paul’s full article by visiting Landscape Middle East’s website here.
SSH’s Sebaa Orabi speaks at Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan University
SSH’s Sebaa Orabi speaks at Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan University Students at Prince Sultan University in Saudi Arabia received a presentation about the challenges of being a female interior designer from the Middle East working on large-scale design projects, such as Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC), by SSH’s Associate Director – Interior Design, Sebaa Orabi. In her role, Sebaa oversees SSH’s interior design work on a vast range of developments covering commercial, education, hospitality, residential and retail schemes, as well as cultural projects such as the JACC. Sebaa shared her personal experiences working on the interiors of the huge cultural complex with students at the university, explaining the design challenges involved and SSH’s solutions, as well as the nuances of being a woman working within the building design industry. The JACC is the centerpiece of a new cultural district in Kuwait City that showcases performing arts, creates a world-class theatre quarter and will act as a focal point for culture in the Middle East.
SSH’s Senior Resident Engineer, Bassam Hamady, spoke at the Big 5 event in Kuwait
SSH’s Senior Resident Engineer, Bassam Hamady, spoke at the Big 5 event in Kuwait Bassam Hamady, SSH’s Senior Resident Engineer, spoke at the Big 5 Kuwait event, which took place on the 22nd of September at the Kuwait International Fair Exhibition Centre. In his presentation, Bassam celebrated our prestigious Kuwait University Sabah Al Salem Campus. Bassam has over 15 years’ experience in design and supervision both inside Kuwait, where he previously provided consultancy services for Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior, and internationally where he worked on projects in Spain and the USA. To know more about Bassam click here.
The College of Architecture at Kuwait University and SSH Partnership
The College of Architecture at Kuwait University and SSH Partnership SSH partnered with the College of Architecture at Kuwait University to host The Fifteenth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). Kuwait University competed with two international highly accredited Colleges to win the proposal to host this conference and received the trust of the association’s members which is testament to the capabilities of the organising committee in running the 15th version of this event with the highest international standards. The IASTE was established by the University of California and the University of Oregon at Berkeley in April 1988 as an interdisciplinary forum to enable scholars from various disciplines and countries to exchange ideas, discuss methods and approaches, and share findings. The conference, held in Kuwait City, explored the role tradition plays in legitimating practices that produce place-based or placeless built environments. As in past IASTE conferences, scholars and practitioners from architecture, architectural history, art history, anthropology, archaeology, folklore, geography, history, planning, sociology, urban studies, and related disciplines attended to discuss building legitimacy through tradition. The opening ceremony took place on the 17th of December at the Marina Hotel and was attended by SSH’s Chairman Omran Hayat, Executive Partner Sadoon Al Essa and General Manager Khalil Alonaizi. SSH is proud to be part of this industry leading international event and we look forward to continue to support the Kuwait University in realising its vision to advance knowledge in the field of Architecture in Kuwait by educating Kuwaiti architects and developing research into the built environment of Kuwait.
The Future of Dubai Design District
The Future of Dubai Design District The Khaleej Times recently featured Michael Byron, SSH’s Resident Director for UAE. He discussed our offices in Dubai’s Design District, or d3, where innovative solutions and smart initiatives are at the forefront of Dubai’s business needs. Built around Smart Dubai's four pillars - efficient, seamless, safe and impactful - and six dimensions covering Smart Economy, Smart Living, Smart Environment, Smart Governance, Smart People and Smart Mobility, d3's initiatives are wide-ranging and intelligently leverage technology to help drive an unparalleled quality of experience for its creative community and visitors. Read More
The London Office welcomed Sadoon Al-Essa, Executive Partner
The London Office welcomed Sadoon Al-Essa, Executive Partner Sadoon spent the afternoon catching up with the interiors and graphics team, and meeting some staff for the first time. Ray Phillips and Jake Dyter were also in the office, along with Mike Otlet and Dom Pask from OPS Structures Ltd, so it proved to be an informative day for Sadoon, who was able to see how SSH’s UK staff are able to collaborate and contribute to the work of our wider team through the ‘Cloud’. Sadoon and Ray have been providing the artistic direction that underpins the new ‘Branding’ of SSH and so their input into this process, led by Karen Mort with the support of the Graphics Team in London was most valuable. Sadoon received his new SSH Business Cards which have now arrived in each of our offices direct from London. Some individuals will have their own bespoke card and there are cards dedicated to each office so that we all may use them when appropriate. Sadoon liked the office space and the now famous roof terrace, and his visit concluded with team photos against the city skyline.
Veterans of SSH celebrate 50 years with the company
Veterans of SSH celebrate 50 years with the company Three members of the SSH family were honoured at the company’s Kuwait office as they celebrated their 50-year anniversary with the firm. A special ceremony was held for brothers Jassim, Ghasim and Habib Mayahi to commend their landmark achievement, their loyalty to the company and the contribution they have made to the success of SSH. The brothers shared stories of the early days of SSH and how they had assisted our founders with all types of activities over the years. Today, the siblings’ dedication to the company continues to play an integral part in the success of SSH. They remain an inspiration to their colleagues, with their sense of family and ongoing commitment to the company.
Women in Architecture
Women in Architecture A version of this interview appeared in SSH Newsletter, a new publication produced by the SSH Marketing team. As an initiative to support WISSH, an SSH group that works to advance women in the design profession in the region, we are presenting this new section to shed light on SSH’s selected women architects’ career path, most memorable projects, and what keeps them inspired.
Abbas Mayahi Associate Director, Deputy Head of Business Development Abbas first joined SSH in 1995 as a Structural Engineer and was part of the team responsible for designing several iconic buildings such as Fanar Complex Mall, PIFSS Headquarter and the Oil Sector Complex. Abbas also is a Senior Project Manager with a successful track record in leading commercial, industrial, military headquarter and camps projects. He has worked in design offices in the Canada and USA, where he worked on a broad range of projects. Abbas rejoined SSH in 2001 and now maintains relationship with key clients in Kuwait and also he is working on the new design opportunities/potential projects. Abbas has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from United States, Louisiana Tech University. He is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Adam Dillon Operations Manager - Construction Services Adam joined SSH in 2014 as a Senior Resident Engineer with more than fifteen years’ experience within the consulting, contracting and government sector. Currently a key member of Dar SSH’ Oman Site Operations Department, he manages a team of 28 multi-disciplinary engineers and inspectors to deliver Package 2 of the Oman Exhibition and Convention Centre. Previously, he was Resident Engineer for WS Atkins on The Wave Muscat. He is an accomplished project manager extensive UK experience in residential and commercial projects in London, Libya and Morocco in his role as Senior Electrical Engineer for WSP London. Prior to this he spent four years with design and build contractor Amec (now Spie Matthew Hall), initially as Senior Electrical Engineer and then as Electrical Production Leader for the Heathrow Terminal 5A development. He has design, construction and multi-disciplinary project co-ordination and management experience for residential, commercial, healthcare, military, education, public and sports lighting, and has been involved in engineering assignments in Australia, Bahrain, Libya, Morocco, Oman, UAE and the UK. Adam secured a Master’s Degree in Building Services Engineer Management from the Brunel University in the UK. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering Technologists (MIET) and Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
Adriaan Vorster Technical Director – Healthcare Adriaan joined SSH in January 2013, he heads up SSH’s Healthcare team in South Africa. Adriaan ensures the timely and cost-effective delivery of projects by effectively managing the available resources to meet the programme requirements. Prior to joining SSH, Adriaan worked in Europe for a decade. He was key in delivering transportation and health projects for firms including Pascall and Watson, RTKL, HOK (Associate Designate) and IBI Group, (formerly known as Nightingale Associates (Associate Director). Adriaan’s key attribute is to combine best practice in both healthcare design and construction. By overlaying the specialist needs of healthcare facilities with advanced construction and project management techniques, he is able to guide clients and contractors in the efficient delivery of fast track, high quality, and largescale infrastructure projects. Adriaan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is registered with the South African Council for the architectural profession.
Ahmad Al Ahmad
Ahmad Al Ahmad Senior Project Manager Ahmad joined SSH in November 2015 as a Senior Project Manager involved in managing and supervising SSH’s major infrastructure projects. Ahmad has 15 years of experience in the field of design including managing and designing infrastructure. His background covers the design of surface water, sewerage, potable water and irrigation networks. He has managed all aspects of the operation and maintenance of infrastructure networks from initial planning to detailed design and tendering through to construction and site supervision. Before joining SSH, Ahmad worked in the UAE for Hyder Consulting, KEO International Consultants, W S Atkins and Dar Al Handasah, his duties included managing, designing and supervising the preparation of drawings, tender documents, cost estimates, client liaison and dealing with site queries. He has worked on large scale projects including North Wathba Development (14,000 plots, USD 3B), the Palm Jumeirah Crescent (USD 1.5B) in Dubai, and JAFZA Area Extension, Dubai (USD 500M). Ahmad obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK and Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan. He is a member of the Jordanian Engineers Association, Kuwait Society of Engineers (certified professional), Certified Engineer by Kuwait Municipality and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
Ahmed Essawi Statutory Authority Manager Essawi joined SSH in December 2013 as Statutory Authority Manager with more than 17 years of experience in design and regulations/ codes. He has more than 13 years of experience in building design, healthcare facilities, governmental, commercial, industrial, residential, and project management. Prior to SSH, Essawi was an Executive Manager at Mr. Consultant Engineering Company where he led the architectural, structural, MWP an infrastructure teams through the design phases. He also was a Project Architect at Dar Saleh Al Qallaf Engineering Consultant, an Architect at KEO International Consultant and an Architect in Kuwait Municipality (Building Permit Department). Essawi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, a Master’s in Architectural Engineering Town Planning, both from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo, and a Professional Engineer Certification (Design). He is a member in Kuwait Society of Engineers and acting member in Engineers Syndicate of Egypt.
Alistair Young Project Director As Project Director, Alistair will be responsible for resourcing, business development and management of the project. He will be responsible for providing the technical interface and for commercial and construction issues on the project. Alistair joined SSH in 2014 before which he was Project Director for the Bahrain Bay Development B.S.C. and MACE International as a senior member of the management team. Alistair worked within MACE International for 5 years on various projects in the Middle East. His management and technical background, combined with a deep understanding of commercial development goals enables him to manage and implement a broad range of prestigious and unique projects within commercial, recreational, residential, industrial, infrastructure and government sectors. Alistair holds a Master of Science in Project Management from Brighton University, UK.
Andrew Barwick Resident Director, Kingdom of Bahrain Andrew established the SSH Bahrain office in 2013 and holds the position of Resident Director for the Kingdom of Bahrain. He brings with him a wealth of experience gained from working in Europe, Middle East and UK, in particular, the Northern Gulf region. His experience covers client engagement, business development, commercial leadership, project and design management and construction supervision. Additionally, Andrew is the Chair of the SSH Project Management Office (PMO) and is responsible for delivering robust leadership, support and guidance to the internal project management community to ensure SSH continues to deliver projects on time and within budget for our clients. Prior to joining SSH, Andrew was Head of Atkins’ Project Management for Bahrain and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He also performed the role of Commercial Manager of the business operations covering all projects and business functions. Andrew has been involved in several high profile projects including commercial, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, leisure and residential throughout the MENA region. Andrew obtained his Master of Engineering with Honours (M.Eng (Hons)) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester in the UK and is a Member of the UK’s Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET).
Angela Burke Associate Director - Healthcare Dr Angela Burke joined SSH in 2014 as a Senior Medical Planner. She has extensive experience at all design stages of medical planning and healthcare projects, specifically in the Middle East and the UK. Her project expertise ranges from large acute hospitals, including OPD clinics, to small-medium sized specialist hospital projects designed to British and FGI standards. Over the past 18 years, Angela has been working closely with hospital clinicians at the strategic front end of projects. To achieve client visions and expectations, she assesses and advises on the needs of new facilities from a master planning level through to the departmental level of medical planning. Her design focus is driven by a need to create staff efficiencies and operational economies through innovative designs that embed strategies to improve patient, staff, and visitor experiences. Angela holds a Master of Art (Architecture), Master of Research, as well as a PhD (Architecture) Degree from the University of East London, London.
Antonio Cantero Principal Infrastructure Engineer Antonio joined SSH in 2015 as a Principal Infrastructure Engineer leading a team of engineers working on major projects in the MENA region. Antonio has over 14 years of experience of similar projects in Australia, Spain and the UK. Prior to joining SSH, Antonio worked with SMEC in Australia as a Project Engineer and RPS Group as an Engineer in the UK. He was involved in major projects in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney including highways and urban and rural schemes. Antonio gained a Superior Industrial Engineer Degree (Master in Industrial Organisation) from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. He completed his Dissertation (First Class with Honours) at Institut Francaise de Mecanique Avancee, France and completed an MBA from IE Business School, Madrid. Antonio is a Chartered Member of the Spanish Institution of Industrial Engineers and a Member of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers.
Barry Faultey Quality Assurance Manager Barry joined SSH over a year ago as our Quality Assurance Manager. He leads QSE Quality, Health and Environment. Dealing with all aspects of quality, health and safety plus environmental issues, auditing all regional offices, departments and projects, collating design quality plans, design management plans and supervision. He reviews SSH documentation, procedures, policies and processes and liaises with external auditors in respect of SSH ISO accreditation for 9001, 14001 and 18001. Prior to joining SSH he worked for Laing O’Rourke, Australia and Murray & Roberts, Abu Dhabi in senior roles responsible for QA/QC where he developed his experience of establishing quality management systems in line with ISO 9001:2008 requirements within operations and projects. He also has extensive experience of coordinating architectural and interiors, structural and civil, mechanical, HVAC, electrical, IT, commercial, quantity surveying and business development departments to develop respective departmental manuals and standardising their processes. Barry holds a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Law from Plymouth University, UK.
Bassam Hamady Chief Resident Engineer Bassam joined SSH in May 2013 as Chief Resident Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in project and construction management of various prominent projects within and outside Kuwait in countries in the MENA region, Europe, North Africa and the United States. Prior to SSH he was the Project Director at Project Management International Systems where he headed a project management team tasked to provide support and project management services for the Ministry of Interior in Kuwait. During the two preceding years he worked as a private consultant providing project management services to companies in Spain, USA, and Kuwait. Between 1999 and 2009 Bassam held various management positions with Projacs where his last assignment was Assistant Vice President / Operations and Area Manager in Europe. Previous experience includes large project and construction management in the USA. He holds a Master's Degree in Project and Construction Management from the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid as well as a Bachelor's Degrees in Building Construction and Environmental Design.
Bassam Mahmoud Principal Infrastructure Engineer Bassam joined SSH in March 2015 as a Principal Electrical Engineer in the Infrastructure Division to deliver electrical infrastructure design to major development projects in coordination with the various GCC Electrical Authorities including MEW, KAHRAMAA, ADWEA ADDC and Transco. He takes responsibility for the design of electrical networks from 415volts up to 132kV and is an expert in the design of substations, 11kV networks, 22kV networks and street lighting. Bassam has worked in the region since 1985 with experience of the successful construction of Azzour South Power Station, Kuwait Conference Centre, the Petrochemical Industries Headquarters, Reem Island Infrastructure UAE, Al Ain Wild Life Resort, Ettihad Rail, Qatar Rail, C2 in Doha, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway in Kuwait, KOC Housing and Shadadiya Industrial Area. Prior to joining SSH Bassam worked for contracting and design/supervision consultants KEOIC, Hyder Consulting, Gulf Engineering and Mudhyan and Sons Co. Bassam has Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Wichita State University, Kansas, USA. He also holds a Professional Engineering Certificate, USA. He is a member of the Environmental Engineering Expert Institute and the Jordan Society of Engineers and the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Bassam Zahreddine Chief Financial Officer Bassam joined SSH in October 2014 as Chief Financial Officer with more than 14 years’ experience in accounting, tax, audit, corporate governance, risk management, internal control systems, and management of transformation projects at leading organisations. Prior to joining SSH, he was a Director at KPMG, and earlier a Senior Manager at Deloitte, providing internal audit, corporate governance, and risk management services. Bassam has worked with different industries in Kuwait and the surrounding region, including real estate, contracting, healthcare, transportation, public sector, education, hospitality amongst others. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting/Finance, and is a Certified Public Accountant from the Lebanese Association of Certified Public Accountants (LACPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) from the International Institute of Internal Auditors, USA. Bassam is a member in the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Boris Fabinski Principal Landscape Architect Boris joined SSH in July 2016 as Principal Landscape Architect in Dubai to enhance our delivery of landscape and public realm design. He is a landscape architect and environmental planner with over 15 years of experience in landscape and urban design, environmental planning, and the latest sustainable policies and developments related to commercial, education, government, leisure and residential sectors on a local and regional scale. Boris previously managed design development for landscape and the public realm of flagship developments including the “Town Square Dubai” for Nshama and the design and construction of public parks, streetscapes and open spaces for the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City as a consultant to the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City and its Parks and Recreational Facilities Directorate (PRFD). Other showcase projects included Town Square in Dubai, the revitalisation of the Tourist Club area in Abu Dhabi and numerous parks and public spaces in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Boris holds a Diploma in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from the Beuth University in Berlin, Germany.
Clinton Bull Associate Director – Hospitality Clinton joined SSH in 2015 as Director of Hospitality. In the past he has worked for KEO and Kann Finch Group. With more than 14 years working in the Middle East he brings with him a wealth of experience in design, management and hospitality working on many large scale projects in both the residential and leisure sectors. He has experience of managing client operator relations. Clinton has also managed the execution of projects in relation to construction documentation and detailing. Before joining SSH Clinton worked on the Bvlgari Development on Jumeira Bay Island in Dubai on projects including luxury hotels, villas and a yacht club marina. Clinton was tasked with managing the design and development side of this project for the client. Clinton obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Technology from Nelson Mandela Metropole University in South Africa. He is registered with the South African Counsel for Architectural Profession (SACAP).
Danny Warde Chief Marketing Officer Danny joined SSH in 2008 and was responsible for establishing the Oman office and was instrumental in raising our profile within Oman, culminating in SSH winning an award for the Junoot Eco Resort project at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore and the Oman Consultant of the Year Award in 2014. Following these successes Danny has joined the company’s C-suite regional team to drive our expansion into outer MENA markets, including Algeria, Egypt and Morocco. He is leading the development of corporate and territorial marketing plans whilst ensuring their implementation is consistent with corporate growth goals, actively participating in strategic development and the pursuit of clients and project opportunities locally and regionally. Prior to joining SSH Danny worked for KUCM and gained experience working on Kuwait International Airport Gateway Hotel, Bahrain Duty Free Shopping Mall and the American University of Kuwait. Danny is experienced in leading multidisciplinary project design and construction supervision teams, has extensive commercial management experience, and speaks English, Arabic and French fluently. He has a DESS’ Degree in Architecture from the University of Balamand and he is a Chartered Professional Architect with the Lebanese Society of Engineers and Architects. He is currently Acting Resident Director for our office in Saudi Arabia.
David Daniels Director of Architecture With more than 15 years of experience with leading international practices in the UK and the Middle East, David has a proven record of creating, presenting and developing an international level of design work. His experience spans the commercial, hospitality, residential and retail sectors, and includes the design of large stadia and sporting facilities. In these projects, he has also played a key leadership and business development role with both local and international clients. Previously employed by internationally acclaimed studios Hopkins Architects and Glenn Howells Architects (GHA), David was engaged in numerous projects including the London 2012 Olympics as well as the Dubai World Trade Centre and Meraas’ Engineers’ Office Headquarters. At SSH, he is working on various projects within the Dubai Creek Harbour development, the Al Marjan Island development and the Burj Square master development. As well as holding a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Architecture and a Post-graduate Diploma in Architecture, David is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
David Hutton Delivery Operations Director – Building Design David Hutton joined SSH in 2017 as Delivery Operations Director – Building Design responsible for all SSH offices. As a chartered structural engineer with more than 20 years of experience, David is well versed with the challenges faced by the construction industry. His skills set is broad, having worked for a contractor, design consultant and a private developer. During this period, he has gained a significant amount of knowledge on numerous aspects of construction. David has held several positions in his career, namely site engineer, site manager, design engineer, business unit head project manager, project director, country manager and operations director. This variety of roles, each of which offered its own challenges, has enabled David’s personal development as a motivated engineer and manager who gets the job done. His experience spans working in Oman, the UK and South Africa. In addition to his chartered engineer status, David has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree specialising in Management, majoring in Economics and Business Management.
Dean Haskins Project Director – Qatar Dean joined SSH in November 2013 as a Project Director responsible for leading the delivery of major projects. Before joining SSH, Dean spent several years in a senior management capacity for Mace International working in Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Libya and Poland. He has also worked for WS Atkins, EC Harris and Gairdner & Theobald. Dean started his career as a Structural Engineer, gaining chartered status, before moving into project management. He has over 35 years industry experience and has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, commercial, retail mixed use, leisure, high-rise office, hospitality, museum and healthcare. His experience has led him to gain a wealth of knowledge in fast-track project delivery, package management and contract administration.
Dieter Wellmann Principal Landscape Architect Dieter joined SSH in March 2016 as Design Principal, Landscape Design with 15 years’ of experience. He is a talented, versatile landscape professional with extensive experience in the management and delivery of complex landscape projects from concept design through to implementation. Dieter is responsible for leading landscape design development throughout the MENA Region. Before joining SSH, Dieter spent 9 years working in London for Exterior Architecture and Chris Blandford Associates, where he was responsible for local and international projects and led teams on large and complex briefs across the UK, Middle East and South Africa. These included Beirut Waterfront District, Battersea Power Station Regeneration and Canyon Ranch Spa and Resort. Dieter’s early training as a zoologist and ecologist has influenced his particular approach to design, which blends sustainability, commercial awareness and practicality. Dieter holds a Bachelor of Landscape with Honours and Bachelor of Zoology & Entomology from the Pretoria University. He is a Licentiate Member of the UK Landscape Institute and also a Registered Professional Landscape Architect, South Africa.
Dominic Pask Principal Façade Engineer Dom Joined SSH as Principal Engineer establishing a team specialising in façade engineering also designing complex and bespoke structures. His extensive expertise is in the area where creativity and engineering overlap, designing glass structures, façades, lightweight structures, and bridges. He understands structural analysis, dynamics, and materials in 3D and has an eye for aesthetics. Dom works closely with architects and other design professionals in collaboration to deliver successful projects. In the past he has worked at Technical Director level for specialist structural engineering companies and large corporate consultancies, W S Atkins for example, working on high profile UK and international projects including Birmingham Central Station and Dubai Metro. Dom’s expertise embraces a range of materials and building sectors including commercial, cultural, healthcare and transportation with transferable knowledge and skills to new sectors and structure types. Dom graduated from Bath University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in Building Engineering, specialising in structural engineering, is a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a registered Chartered Engineer. He is a University Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Design and Architectural detailing of Steelwork Connections) and in Façade Engineering.
Emad Al Jaouni
Emad Al Jaouni Associate Director, Head of Business Development Emad first joined SSH in 1986 as Transport Planner and worked on many major master planning projects such as the Al Khiran New Town, Kuwait Master Plan and Shuwaikh Port Free Trade Zone. He was also involved in various assignments in road design and traffic engineering, GIS and construction supervision. He as well took on many bids in his first decade with SSH. With his wide range and extensive experience he went on and worked as a freelancer, between 1996 and 2003, and has provided consultancy services and project management to many local and international consultants, also he was involved in subcontracting civil construction works. He re-joined SSH in 2003 to lead the Proposals and Business Development department. Emad has a Bachelor’s degree of Civil Engineering as well as a Master of Science in Transport Engineering and Planning.
Federico Publico Pagay
Federico Publico Pagay Senior Architect Federico joined SSH in 1996 and is now a Senior Architect overlooking the technical lead aspects of design projects as well as having involvement in interpretation and handling comprehensive architectural building designs and requirements necessary for all stages of works which includes data collection, concept design, design development, preliminary design, final working drawings, construction detailing and tender documentations, He was also involved in project proposals, technical reports, scheduling preparation as well as handling quality assurance / quality check of any project deliverables prior to submission to the client. Prior to joining SSH, Federico worked as an Assistant Architect with Sief Engineering Consultant, Kuwait, before that he was in KSA as an Architect with Saudi Diyar Consultant, Jeddah, and KSA. Some of the key sectors he handled in last twenty years were Airport, School & Colleges, Palaces, Offices & Residential, Commercial Building, Convention & Exhibition, Hotels, and Government Buildings. Federico holds a Bachelor of Science and Architecture degree from Technological Institute of the Philippines.
Gasser Shalabi Senior Resident Engineer - Construction Services Gasser joined SSH in 2006, he is currently Senior Project Manager/Resident Engineer responsible for Project Management and Supervision for construction projects. Gasser has 25 Years of management experience developed with multinational companies for whom he has worked on iconic projects throughout the MENA region including Bibliotheca Alexandrina, San Stefano Grand Plaza (Egypt), JBR (Dubai), Bayan Palace and 360 Degrees Mall (Kuwait).Gasser started his career as a Site Architect and developed technical expertise that enabled him to bring a depth of understanding to the role of Project Manager. He works with all project stakeholders including clients, international designers, sub-consultants, contractors and specialists. Gasser holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree for Architecture and has secured several Management & HSE Certifications during his career. He is a member of the Egypt Syndicate of Engineers & Certified Consultants and member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
George Abi-Hanna Managing Director, Kuwait George joined the company in 1984 and worked on the design and construction supervision of many major projects in his first decade with SSH. He has filled many senior roles in the company and joined the SSH Board in 1995. He has extensive technical and commercial experience and an unrivalled overview of the home market and is the Resident Director for Kuwait. George has a keen interest in the application of technology to the professional services management process and is a sponsor of the robust ERP suite of applications that SSH uses to manage its financial, project management and business processes today. These applications deliver tangible, quality benefits to SSH customers, and are critical in the effective management of risk for SSH’s Shareholders. George’s technical knowledge and deep understanding of the SSH business combine to give him a unique role in ensuring that SSH retains the best of its past while looking to the future. George has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an MBA (Technology Management) Degree from Deakin University, also in Australia. He is a registered professional engineer with the Institution of Engineers in Australia and he is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Georges Noujaim Senior Resident Engineer - Construction Services Georges joined SSH in December 2013, He is an architecture professional, with over 20 years of experience in Project Management and Construction Supervision in Kuwait, KSA, Lebanon and UAE. Before joining SSH, Georges worked with Clarke Bond Middle East, COFFEY/AIM JV Project, Mace International and KOCACHE Enterprises. His experience includes theatres, music centers, luxury hotels, residential, commercial, stadiums and infrastructure projects. Georges holds a DES Higher Studies Degree in Architecture from the University of Balamand, ALBA, Lebanon. He is a member in the Order of Engineers and Architects, Lebanon.
Hala Tfayli Head of Sales Kuwait & Internal Communications Hala joined the business in December 2012 with a remit to raise SSH’s international and regional profile. Prior to joining SSH, Hala started her career in Zawya Reuters, the Middle East’s leading business intelligence portal, where she led a team of researchers specialised in building and maintaining a strong database for financial services companies in the MENA region. She also contributed in launching a private equity fund targeting high net worth individuals seeking investment opportunities. Hala has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Minor Degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. She also obtained a Certificate in Valuation from the International Association of Consultants, Valuators and Analysts (IACVA). Hala is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom.
Iain Vitty Principal Architect Iain joined SSH in March 2014 as Principal Architect with more than 15 years’ experience in Architecture and Master planning of large scale mixed-use developments. Prior to joining SSH, Iain was a senior architect for Northgate in Qatar where he was involved in Phase 1 of the North Gate Mall and Office Buildings project in Doha. As site based senior architect representing the developer, Iain was responsible for overseeing the project management and supervision consultancy team and ensuring that the main contractor and sub-contractors’ work was in compliance with contract requirements. He also was a senior associate architect with design consultancy GHM Design Limited and has worked on overall masterplan for a new town at Al Falah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for approximately 100,000 residents on a site of 12.5 Million sqm and he was responsible for design coordination and for statutory compliance. Before relocating to the Middle East, Iain spent 5 years working at a number of London based architectural design studios on UK and international projects. Iain obtained his BSc and Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from University of Bath and is a member in Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Association for Project Management (APM).
Jake Dyter Design Principal Jake joined SSH in April 2013 as a Design Principal and is currently leading the core design team to deliver innovative engineered solutions and works closely with the 3D teams to ensure the retention of architectural integrity from concept through to completion, visualisation through to facade fabrication. Before joining SSH, Jake was an Associate Architect in WS Atkins and has delivered projects in China, India, Middle East and UK. Jake has gained combined 3D skills and first hand construction knowledge that has led to award winning architectural landmark buildings across the sectors of Stadia, Education, transportation, and Commercial. Jake graduated from Leeds University in the UK with a Bachelor in Architecture (Hons) in 1995 and received his post Graduate Diploma in Architecture in 1998.
Jamal Abdulla Senior Project Manager Jamal joined SSH in November 2012 as a Senior Project Manager involved in managing and supervising SSH’s major infrastructure projects. Jamal has 20 years of experience in the project management and supervision of highways and highway related structures, preparing designs for major roads and highway projects. He has managed all aspects of the operation and maintenance of infrastructure networks from initial planning to detailed design and tendering through to construction and site supervision. Before joining SSH, Jamal worked in Bahrain for Hyder Consulting as a Programme Manager supporting the Bahrain Ministry of Works Central Planning Office (CPO) team that managed and coordinated the planning, design and implementation of primary infrastructure associated with major housing developments. Jamal obtained a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University USA and a Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Bahrain. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA, a member and Traditional Fellow of the International Road Federation (IRF), USA and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
Jan Kelly General Manager – Oman Jan joined SSH almost a year ago as General Manager in Oman where he is responsible for portfolio management. He is a highly experienced and accomplished professional with advanced construction industry knowledge and exemplary skills developed over 30 years in real estate development, project management, project recovery and construction industry related design and supervision in the UK and the Middle East. He has a broad project experience encompassing exclusive residential, hospitality and resorts, commercial offices, retail, mixed-use, government and institutional, convention, exhibition and education related developments. Jan holds a Master’s Degree (MBA) from the University of Northampton, UK, and additional qualifications in Strategic Management, CADD Building Modelling and Architectural Technology from Ireland.
Jaqueline Portman Associate Director Building Services Dr Jackie Portman joined SSH in 2015 with over 25 years of building services design and project management experience in Africa, UK, Far and Middle East. Her project experience ranges from infrastructure schemes to healthcare, hospitality, industrial and transportation, commercial and education projects. Before joining SSH, Jackie was based in Qatar working with a joint venture entity between Qatar Petroleum’s and Qatar Foundation delivering high profile and prestigious projects supporting Qatar’s vision for its future. She has previously worked for Laing O’Rourke, WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup. Jackie holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Electrical Engineering (Hons) , a Master’s Degree in Construction Project Management and a Doctorate in Design Management. She is a Fellow of both the IET and CISBE.
John Makhlouta Senior Resident Engineer, Senior Project Manager & Senior Associate John joined the SSH team in January 2008 as a consultant and is currently a Senior Resident Engineer and Senior Project Manager located in SSH Algeria. Appointed as Senior Associate in 2015. He had previously worked for SSH from 1980 to 1990 and then moved on to open his own office in Lebanon before re-joining SSH again in 2008. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from EPAU, Algeria, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Studies from the University of London. He is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers and the Order of Engineers and Architects, in Beirut.
Keith Hill Associate Director - Design Management Keith joined SSH in 2015 as an Associate Director for the Design Management. He has over 23 years of project management experience in the UK and Middle East. His project experience ranges from master planning schemes, water parks, low and high rise developments, hotels, education projects, healthcare, airports and railways stations. Before joining SSH, Keith was based in Dubai with Atkins and worked as a Design Director for Building Services on projects throughout the region including Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In addition, Keith has worked on prestigious projects including Sir Bani Yas Island, The Address Hotel Downtown, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab Hotel, Fountain Views and the Creek Harbour in UAE. Keith holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science (Hons), Building Environmental Services Engineering from the University of Bath, UK.
Khaled El Khoury
Khaled El Khoury Managing Director, Project and Construction Management Khaled first joined SSH in the 1980s as a Senior Engineer managing both the design and supervision of major construction projects in Kuwait up until late 1990s. Upon re-joining SSH in 2010 as Construction Director, Khaled leads the division with supervision projects portfolio of over USD 2 billion. As a result of the rapid increase in the construction supervision team, Khaled has concentrated on enhancing the quality of SSH services and personally managing the recruitment of key positions. He heads the Construction Division in the entire Gulf region (Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain), North Africa (Algeria and Morocco) and the northern region of Iraq (Kurdistan). Previous to SSH Khaled worked for a Grade “A” Contracting Company (KDL) as Director of Construction where he contributed to important upscale projects such as Amiri Diwan (Seef Palace), KOC Offices and various job order contracts for the US Army. Between 2005 and 2010 as an Assistant General Manager (Operations) at Burgan Bank, Khaled managed the bank’s real estate portfolio as well as headed the Procurements, Facility Management, Security and Archiving departments. Khaled obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Texas University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Khaled Inaim General Manager – Saudi Arabia Khaled joined SSH in 2017 as General Manager in Riyadh City Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining SSH, Khaled spent 10 years working at the Riyadh office of consolidated engineering company Khatib & Alami as its Proposals Manager with extensive involvement in business development and contracts in Saudi Arabia. Khaled brings with him a comprehensive understanding of the Saudi market, recognising, presenting and acting on crucial business opportunities, leading and fostering client relations, developing key proposal and contract strategies, as well as driving bids through to successful completion. Khaled will be instrumental in building SSH’s profile in the market through his strong commitment to Saudi Arabia that aligns and reflects that of SSH. His in-depth knowledge of the market will contribute to strengthening the company’s footprint within the kingdom. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and is a certified project management professional and professional engineer. Khaled is a current member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in Canada.
Khalil Alonaizi General Manager,Kuwait Khalil joined SSH in June 2015 as a General Manager with more than 20 years’ experience in real estate development/investment and project management fields throughout various projects within and outside Kuwait. Khalil will be pursuing opportunities through high level business development as well as establishing and maintaining strong and strategic relationships with potential clients in the public and private sectors. Prior to SSH, Khalil was the Executive Vice President of Design and Development at United Real Estate Company, prior to that he was the CEO of the Technical Affairs Group and the acting CEO of the Investment Group at the Commercial Real Estate Company. Between 1994 and 2006, Khalil was engaged in design, construction and project management for Kuwait Oil Company projects. Khalil has considerable experience of working with international and local developers, consultants, PM/CM, contractors and governmental authorities. Significant projects he has been involved in include Durrat Al Bahrain, Abdali Mall in Jordan, Salalah Gardens Mall & Residence in Oman, Altijaria Tower, Missoni Hotel, New Ahmadi Hospital, and the KOC Main Office Building in Kuwait. Khalil holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Engineering from Tennessee State University and is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Lee Skinner Chief Commercial Officer As Chief Commercial Officer, Lee is responsible for improving shareholder value through the direction and leadership of the Group’s Corporate Enterprise Risk and Opportunity programmes. He brings clarity to our corporate strategies and a sharp focus to the development of commercial opportunities. His astute leadership and management of enterprise risk including the implementation of commercial policies and procedures safeguard SSH’s commercial position in the execution of our contractual obligations. Working with senior leaders in the business he spearheads the exploration of new areas of activity, seeking opportunities that continue to develop and grow the business in line with the Company Vision. Prior to joining SSH, Lee was a Project Director with Hyder Consulting in Bahrain. His international experience extends from the UK and the Middle East to India. Lee is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a successful track record in leading commercial engineering projects in the Middle East, India, North America and Europe. In the last eight years he has worked on local Government, Utility, Contracting, Industrial and Consultancy projects in the MENA region. Graduating from the University of Salford in the UK, Lee went on to establish a privately-owned specialist civil engineering company, growing the business from start-up to one of the Top 30 Water Sector consultancies in the UK. He holds a private pilot licence, is trained to RYC level 2 in Offshore Power Boat competence, and is a certified Advanced Open Water diver. email@example.com
Lennie Joubert Associate Director, Healthcare Lennie joined SSH in February 2013 as Associate Director at SSH’s South Africa office. His core responsibility is to ensure projects are designed and delivered in a timely manner to the highest international standards. Lennie’s international career commenced at Darnton EGS in London, where he delivered multiple retail store projects throughout the United Kingdom. Upon his return to South Africa he worked on Cape Town International Airport and afterwards joined international healthcare specialist architects, IBI Group (formerly known as Nightingale Associates) where he was key to the successful delivery of many international large scale healthcare projects. He has extensive international experience including major hospitals in Europe and North America. He has acted as BIM Lead and Project Architect on many large scale projects and has in-depth knowledge of project management and the process of protecting the design against rigorous value engineering. Lennie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and is registered with the South African Council of Architecture. He is an active member of the Cape Institute for Architecture.
Liezl De Jager
Liezl De Jager Associate Director, Healthcare Liezl joined SSH in 2013 as an Associate Director of healthcare in the South Africa office. Liezl has extensive experience of demanding, large-scale healthcare projects in Europe, North America, the Middle- and Far East. Liezl is instrumental in preparing industry leading healthcare tender proposals for SSH. Liezl has 12 years of experience in healthcare facility planning and design with an in-depth knowledge of: fee, resource and project programming, 1:50 functional layouts and the management of complex buildings utilising CodeBook and ADB software. Liezl has a keen interest in research and evidence-based design principles including advancements in healthcare design in the BIM environment. This forms an important part of her design approach and philosophy with the focus on the end-user experience, facility efficiency and operational processes. Liezl holds a Master’s Degree (cum laude) in Planning Buildings for Health at the Medical Architecture Research Unit (MARU) from London’s South Bank University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society.
Majed Sabbagh Senior Resident Engineer & Associate Majed joined SSH as a Senior Resident Engineer in December 2012. Prior to this Majed served as Construction Manager overseeing and operationally managing the construction activities of the the International Contractors Group (ICG) a “Grade A” Contracting Company in the State of Kuwait. During his time at ICG, Majed participated in multiple international bidding contracts as part of Joint Ventures with leading Italian and French firms for large and complex projects, including the Kuwait Telecommunication Tower and Kuwait Entertainment City. He has over 33 years of experience in all facets of construction industry, with his career progressing across bid estimation, site technical engineer, site operation and project manager and construction manager. Majed is a certified Consultant Engineer for Supervision in the field of Architectural Engineering by the Kuwait Engineering Society and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from Aleppo University in Syria. Majed is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers, as well as the Syrian Engineering Society.
Mark Jamieson Infrastructure Design Division Director Mark joined SSH as Infrastructure Design Division Director in January 2013. His role entails applying international consultancy best practice to project delivery and driving the growth of the infrastructure business. Before joining SSH, Mark spent four years leading the Hyder regional office in Bahrain where he was responsible for the delivery of a range of major infrastructure projects, business sector coordination, business development and client liaison up to Ministerial level. Mark is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years of wide ranging experience in management, business leadership and project delivery of major infrastructure projects in the UK and Middle East Region. His experience includes working for international consultants, contractors and Government bodies. This range of experience means that he has a comprehensive understanding of all facets of the industry supply chain and key drivers and processes across client, contracting and consultancy organisations. Mark obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Honours) in 1985 from the University of Bradford, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Squires Chief Executive Officer Matt joined SSH in July 2013, when he was tasked with opening the company’s Qatar office as Resident Director. In early 2014, he became Managing Director for all SSH’s territories excluding Kuwait. In 2015, Matt’s support of the Oman office was instrumental in SSH being awarded Consultant of the Year at the Construction Week Oman Awards. The following year, Matt became Chief Operating Officer of SSH across all territories, overseeing the company’s divisional reports for the Building, Infrastructure and Construction Services divisions. In this role, he not only spearheaded the diversification of revenue streams across SSH’s regional and international markets, he also drove the expansion of the company’s project portfolio across its territories. In 2017, Matt was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SSH and aims to strengthen the company’s position as a trusted collaborator to its clients and strategic partners, as well as encourage new business. Before joining SSH, Matt worked at Atkins for 16 years, in later years being the Managing Director for the Oman office covering master planning, buildings, infrastructure and site operations. Prior to this, Matt was Design Solutions Director Designate for the Northern Gulf Business. Matt’s geographic experience extends to the UK, the GCC and Eastern Europe. During his time at Atkins Oman, he received the Consultant of the Year award from Construction Week Magazine, he was also named Executive of the Year. These awards recognised Matt’s strong leadership and client skills as well as his ability to identify and develop young engineering and design talent. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Southampton University in the UK, and is a Chartered member of the UK Institute of Civil Engineers.
Michael Byron Resident Director, UAE Michael is an Architect who has more than 22 years’ experience working on projects in Europe and the Middle East. Since his arrival in Abu Dhabi in 2010, Michael has applied his extensive experience in the delivery of major projects in Europe to the Middle East environment. As a talented organiser, he has continually applied his team management skills to the wider business, leading to him gradually taking senior management roles in the businesses he has joined. At SSH, Michael is responsible for overseeing all aspects of business development and client management, and is involved in bidding, negotiation and management of major contracts. Aided by his fluency in German and English, and his profound understanding of the construction market in the Gulf region, he provides a key interface with our Middle Eastern clients, who can draw on this considerable experience. Michael graduated from Dublin’s University College with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and is a member in Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).
Mike Wentworth Design Principal Mike joined SSH in 2015 and is currently Design Principal in Cape Town. Michael has approaching 30 years of Global Architecture experience including Middle East, South Africa and UK. He has Architectural experience in all sectors of design including commercial, education, healthcare, mixed use and residential projects. Michael has led the master planning of large scale projects, is an inspirational designer and strong team player whilst also a lecturer at the School of Architecture, UCT, Cape Town. Michael was awarded a Bachelor of Science and RIBA Part 1, whilst studying at the University of Wales, Institute of Science and Technology in 1986. He then studied for his RIBA Part 2 and secured his Master’s Degree from the Royal College of Art in 1989. He completed his Professional Practice Diploma, RIBA Part 3 in 1991.
Mohamad Shibly Construction Manager Mohamad joined SSH in January 2011 and is now the Construction Manager responsible for overseeing all aspects of site supervision works and activities. Prior to joining SSH, he worked as a Project Manager for Beamco International (Nigeria) and was responsible for the planning and supervising of a 360 Rooms, Five Star Hotel. Between 2006 and 2009 Mohamad held the position of Contracts Engineer / Planner for the real estate portfolio of Burgan Bank. As he has had the opportunity to work as a designer, contractor, client representative, as well as a construction manager, Mohamad has accumulated vast experience in the Design and Supervision of various prominent projects both within and outside Kuwait. Mohamad holds a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design and is currently pursuing his Masters in Construction Management.
Mohammad Iqbal Senior Resident Engineer Mohammad Iqbal joined SSH in 1995 as a Senior Structural Engineer and is currently Senior Resident Engineer. Before joining SSH, Mohammad worked for contractors Shepherd Hill, Christani and Nielsen and consultants Ove Arup & Partners in the UK for 10 years. Mohammad has over 28 years of diverse experience including high rise buildings and towers, commercial and industrial, airports, bridges and highways, sea defense, piling and steel structures. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Teesside Polytechnic in the UK, he is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) Institution of Highway & Transportation (UK) and also the American Society of Civil Engineers and Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Nasir Siddique Associate Director - Bidding & Proposals Nasir Siddique joined SSH in Nov 2013 as Project Manager leading the project management and bid management teams for the Building Design Division. Prior to joining SSH, Nasir worked for over 5 years with WS Atkins based in their Bahrain office and managed the delivery of a number of high profile bids and Projects around the Gulf Region. He managed the delivery of multiple projects for the King Fahd Causeway Authority spanning period of 4 years. He also managed several projects in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notably the Science Centre Projects for the Ministry of Education. Prior to WS Atkins, Nasir worked for over 5 years in Toronto, Canada where he was with the City of Toronto’s Buildings Division. Prior to that he started his professional career with COWI in their Bahrain office where he worked as a Civil Engineer on the ASRY Rehabilitation and the Zayed Housing Projects. Nasir graduated in 2006 from the University of Toronto completing a Master of Engineering Degree specialising in Construction Engineering and Management. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Bahrain completed in 1998. He is registered with the Committee for Organising Engineering Professional Practice in Bahrain Committee and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
Nick Forbess Head of Project Management Nick joined SSH in December 2013 as Programme Director for the Amiri Diwan Projects and is now the Practice Director for Building Design. As Practice Director he is responsible for managing the Building Design Division with a remit to establish international best practices, driving intelligent and profitable project delivery in addition to implementing business improvement initiatives. He is also responsible for ensuring that Building Design achieves the targets set for performance. Before joining SSH Nick worked with Cambridge Seven Associates in Boston, USA for 17 years and NBBJ for 7 years. Nick has more than 30 years of experience in project management, construction and business development for public, institutional, and private facilities ranging from museums, theatres, aquariums, retail, mixed use, corporate, higher education and research facilities. He has spent more than 20 years managing projects continuously focused in the Middle East including lead generation, Go/No Go analysis, proposal writing, fee estimation, interview management, contract negotiation and development operations. Nick obtained his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas and is a Professional member of the American Institute of Architects, USA and of the National Council of Architects Review Board, USA.
Omar Nuri General manager - Oman Omar joined SSH in December 2009 to help run the then newly established Oman office and to assist in the successful delivery of major projects in Oman, such as Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Royal Opera House Galleria. In the following years, Omar led the project management function of the office overseeing all projects and was pivotal to winning many bids for the Oman businesss, such as the Omantel headquarters, Junoot Resort, and Ghala MUD. In 2016, Omar became the General Manager responsible for all office operations and achieving business targets. Prior to joining SSH, Omar worked on both sides of the industry; as a client architect for The Zubair Corporation and as an architect at Atkins participating in many key projects like the Asian Beach Games and Almouj, Muscat (formerly The Wave, Muscat). At Atkins, he was key to the implementation of Revit in the Oman office. He has 14 years of experience and extensive knowledge of the local market. Omar holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from Cairo University and has been a certified PMP, Project Management Professional, from PMI since 2014.
Paul Crayford Engineering Director Paul Crayford joined SSH in 2017 as Engineering Director, and is responsible for the engineering services of the company for building design. With more than 17 years of experience, Paul has worked extensively in the building services engineering sector, having been involved in a variety of developments from aviation, commercial, hospitality and cultural schemes to high-rise design and construction projects. Paul is highly experienced in leading teams of engineers to deliver integrated building design solutions within the built environment. Paul thrives to ensure that engineering remains at the centre of all efficient and considered design. He has a clear passion for building design, with a deep appreciation for the impact engineering decisions have on the places we work and live. As Engineering Director, Paul leads the engineering disciplines within SSH to ensure best practice and expertise is leveraged across all building design projects. Paul has a Batchelor of Engineering Degree (with Honours) in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
Paul Fraser Associate Director - Landscape Design Paul joined SSH in November 2014 as Associate Director, Landscape Design with 15 years’ experience in leading teams who develop innovative, sustainable and inspiring landscape solutions in support of client’s projects. Paul is responsible for overseeing SSH’s Landscape Design projects throughout the MENA region. Before joining SSH, Paul spent 9 years working for W S Atkins in their London studio, where he was responsible for international major projects and led teams on large and complex briefs across the UK, Middle East and India. These included Oxford Circus, Baku White City, King Abdul Aziz Road and Doha Metro. Paul’s passion for design, ability to creatively challenge the brief and drive innovative solutions makes him an excellent team player. Paul has a Bachelors and Postgraduate Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gloucestershire, and a Masters Degree in Urban Design from the University of Westminster. He is a Chartered Landscape Architect, a member of the Landscape Institute, Urban Design Group, and an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Paul Roberts Principal Architect Paul joined SSH in September 2013 as Principal Architect he is predominantly involved in design and production information for major projects. Before joining SSH, Paul was Principal Architect at Atkins Bahrain where he was extensively involved in the detailed design, construction documentation and final site overview of the major projects for the Bahrain Office. Paul joined Marshall Haines & Barrow in 1987, a practice later acquired by Atkins. He worked in a number of the UK offices until 1994 when he was relocated to Atkins in Dubai on the prestigious Burj Al Arab Hotel and complex. Paul has previous experience working overseas with projects in Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. With a wide supervisory and technical background combined with a deep understanding of commercial development goals, Paul has design managed and implemented a broad range of prestigious and unique projects within commercial, recreational, residential, industrial and government sectors. Paul graduated from Kingston University, Surrey and holds a BA (Hons) Degree, a Diploma in Architecture and has been a registered Architect since 1982.
Peet Kok Associate Director Healthcare Peet joined SSH in 2015 as an Associate Director of Healthcare. Peet is currently Delivery Director for Healthcare Architecture on the largest paediatric hospital project in the world, the Kuwait Children’s Hospital. He is responsible for managing the coordination between the Architecture and Medical Planning divisions, as well as the coordination between these specialist divisions and the other SSH disciplines and/or sub-consultants. Whilst managing the resources of the Delivery Teams of Architecture and Medical Planning, Peet ensures timely completion of deliverables of the highest quality on challenging programmes; whilst accommodating the constantly changing demands and requirements of contemporary, fast-paced projects. Peet has over 16 years of experience as a practice director, architect and project manager with experience in delivering projects in the commercial, retail, residential and healthcare sectors in Africa and the UK. He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) Degree from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) Degree from the same University in South Africa.
Rio Yandri 3D Visualisation Team Lead Rio joined SSH in February 2013 as 3D Design Visualisation Team Lead and has been working closely with the architecture team starting from first stages of design until final stages of getting the design built. Before joining SSH, Rio spent 5 years working with WS Atkins as 3D Visualiser team lead. Prior to that, he worked as a Civil Engineer in the Ministry of Science in Indonesia. Rio graduated as Civil Engineer and has obtained various training on 3D Visualisation.
Robbie McBratney Associate Director - Infrastructure Operations Robbie joined SSH in November 2013 as a Project Manager in the Infrastructure Division with the responsibility for delivering infrastructure design to major development projects, and assisting the Infrastructure Director with the growth of the Infrastructure Division. Robbie has worked in the GCC region since 2010 with experience on the successful construction of the largest Potable Water Pumping Station in Qatar, and subsequently the design of the Primary Infrastructure for Diyar Al Muharraq, which is one of the largest artificial island developments in the GCC located in the north of Bahrain. Prior to coming to the GCC, Robbie worked with Mott MacDonald Ireland for five years and with a specialist Infrastructure MEP Contractor prior to that. He has gained broad experience with both Contractors and Design Consultants. Robbie has a Process Engineering Degree from Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland with a particular focus on water treatment, and is a registered member of Engineers Ireland, Bahrain’s COEEP and Kuwait’s KSE. His expertise is in Project Management, Water and Sanitary Engineering, Water Treatment Plants, Pumping Stations, MEP installation and commissioning.
Sadoon Al Essa
Sadoon Al Essa Executive Partner Sadoon as Executive Partner and Board Member of SSH, with his in-depth experience spanning two decades in construction management and real estate development, oversees and guides the strategic directions of the company. Managing key clients and government relations are the areas of his expertise and primary focus. A civil engineer by profession with specialisation in construction management, Sadoon worked with both public and private sector in Kuwait for almost a decade before joining SSH. First, with the Ministry of Public Works and then with several key real estate companies, and has built up a diverse experience profile in the areas including (but not limited to) construction management, developmental project (including BOT/PPP), organisation restructuring, change management and corporate governance. Having consolidated his previous industry experience, Sadoon has been instrumental in guiding SSH management through change and transitions; facilitating stakeholder synergy, providing insights related to best industry practices and in promoting sustainability as part of the organisations culture.
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Santosh A Ponnan Associate Director, Practice Management Santosh joined SSH in 1998 as an Architect and since then has worked on many prestigious projects such as Kuwait Oil Sector Complex Headquarters Building Project for Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and the Ministry of Oil, Public Institute for Social Security (PIFFS), Fahaheel Commercial Development Complex, Waterfront Project Phase V, Kuwaiti Danish Dairy Company (KDD) Kuwait, Showbiz Redevelopment Project Ras Al-Ardh, Kuwait, The New Audi Showroom, Shuwaikh Kuwait and Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) Oman. Santosh is now an Associate Director with the Practice Management team. Prior to joining SSH, Santosh worked as an Architect with “SM” Associates – Group of Companies Architects, Builders, Engineers and Contractors, Kerala, India and with “ARCON” Consulting Architects, Structural Engineers and Builders, Bangalore India where he gained experience working on many aspects and stages of projects including involvement in the concept initiation to design development and team coordination through completion of detailed drawings. Santosh holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Maniple Institute of Technology (M.I.T), India. He is a member of the Indian Institute of Architects and also a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers. He is also a certified Professional Engineer by the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Satinder Marwah Associate Director - Quantity Surveying Satinder joined SSH in 1994. He is an Associate Director overlooking Quantity Surveying and Contracts Discipline, responsible for leading the team and coordinating the production efforts of the team. Satinder manages all aspects of Quantity Surveying and Contracts Discipline including cost management, procurement and contractual advice, tender document preparation, tender review and evaluations, negotiations and provides expertise in the contractual domain for implementation and administration of contract for both pre and post contract works for building and infrastructure projects. In addition to this he is involved in review and preparation of agreements for consultancy/sub-consultancy services, alliances, association and collaborating with other companies. He has worked as lead Quantity Surveyor on a broad range of projects in the Middle East including commercial, residential, public buildings, palaces, hotels, healthcare, education, embassies, airports, mixed use developments, industrial, marine and infrastructure. Satinder graduated from the College of Estate Management in the UK.
Sean Dewhurst Change & IT Director Sean joined SSH in August 2014 on an interim basis to develop the information technology function and align it with the needs of a successful and growing regional business. He joined SSH full time in January 2015 with an expanded remit for leading change management as well as all aspects of information and communication technology. Sean has over 24 years of experience acquired from a variety of industries including financial services, oil and gas, management and technology consulting across multiple geographies including Europe, North America and the Middle East. He has broad experience in all information and communications technology disciplines (infrastructure, networking, applications, service delivery, change and information security) and has spent the last 15 years in leadership positions in various blue chip organisations. A seasoned business and technology executive, Sean graduated from the University of East Anglia with an Honours Degree in Business Information Systems, he is currently studying for his Master of Business Administration and is an Alumni of the London Business School. email@example.com
Sebaa Orabi Associate Director - Interior Design Sebaa joined SSH in 2010 as an Interior Designer leading a team of Architects and Interior Designers on a wide range of projects from cultural, commercial, residential, educational, hospitality and retail. Sebaa is now Head of Interior Design Discipline leading all of SSH’s interior design work. Sebaa is a passionate designer with over 10 years of experience in interior architecture, designing interior spaces, FF&E. Her design skills combined with technical, managerial and leadership skills allow her to deliver quality, on time, for major SSH prestigious projects. These include Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Cultural Centre, Sheikh Abdulla Al Salem Cultural Centre and Al Salam Palace. Sebaa obtained her interior architecture undergraduate degree and finished with a Master’s Degree (Hons) in Architectural Management and Design. She was selected as the number one student in a rigorous program that bridged Design and Management from I.E. University in Spain in collaboration with The Royal College of Art in London.
Shenbagavalli Subbiah Operational Finance Manager Shen joined SSH in October 2011 as a financial analyst and was later promoted to operational finance manager in 2013. She has over 18 years of work experience in financial reporting, budgeting and planning, audits, banking, treasury, taxation, accounting and process improvements. Prior to SSH, Shen worked in senior middle management finance roles within engineering procurement construction companies including IMCO and ISCO in Kuwait. Before that, she worked in managerial roles in various multinational companies in India including the largest private sector bank. It was there that she established a robust MIS and redefined the processes for enhanced value added. Shen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance and is a Certified Chartered Accountant, being a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She is also a Certified Cost and Management Accountant, being a member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. Shen holds the first level certificate from the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute, USA.
Siby George Associate Director - Corporate Affairs Siby originally joined SSH in July 2003 as part of the business development/proposal unit. After a gap of 3 years, Siby re-joined SSH in 2010 as Corporate Affairs Manager to facilitate Executive Partner in planning and deliver change management initiatives. Currently, he continues to support SSH shareholders in his governance role, while also facilitating implementation of enterprise-wide change initiatives across the business. Siby has over 20 years of service delivery experience spanning across business sectors in Kuwait and India ranging from consultancy (architectural/engineering, quality management), technology (networking solution and IT training), manufacturing, forex, trading and contracting. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, India. Siby is a qualified ISO QMS Lead Auditor and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from the prestigious Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.
Simon Dennison Design Director Simon joined SSH in February 2013 and is Design Director involved in all aspects of managing the design of SSH projects, liaising with the client, external design team, stakeholders and authorities. He has previous experience of working in Bahrain, Dusseldorf and Brussels as well as Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia. He has worked on a broad range of projects including retail, leisure, commercial, environmental, healthcare, residential and mixed use. He has a wide experience of work from quick design competitions, producing the design for presentation, preparing programmes of work for major planning applications and team coordination during the implementation of the work packages, through to completion. Recent project work includes the New Palace of Justice in Kuwait, the Villa Royale residential development in Morocco, and the Al Akhiria mixed use complex in Jeddah. Simon graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. His design skills have been featured in the Royal Institute of British Architects Journal and the Architects Journal, and included in several UK exhibitions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Harrison Regional Director of Structural Engineering Steven joined SSH in 2015 as Regional Director of Structural Engineering having worked on the delivery of building developments for over 20 years. His broad range of experience encompasses the spectrum of building assets including tall buildings, long-span structures, sports stadia, airports, industrial, commercial, residential, hotels, resorts and leisure building commissions. He has specialist knowledge in the design and management of projects from inception through to detailed design and completion, providing technical direction and clear advice Prior to joining SSH, Steven has worked for WS Atkins as Global Network Chair for Structural Engineering responsible for the strategic, project-specific technical direction and the leadership of the WS Atkins Structural Engineering Design Groups in the Middle East Property Sector and Global Design Centres. Steven holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science (1st Class Hons), Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Steven is registered with the Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Chartered Engineers and the Engineering Council.
Tony Males Site Operations Director Tony Males joined SSH in January 2014 as Senior Operations Manager. Tony focuses on the development and integration of international best practices and the delivery of supervision services. This is intended to not only streamline our delivery and maximise our margins but to additionally offer greater value to our clients in delivering their projects optimally. The Construction Services Division boasts a supervision project portfolio of over US$ 4.5 billion across all our sites throughout the MENA region, Algeria and Kurdistan. Before joining SSH, Tony was with Atkins Oman for six years. In his initial role as Project Manager Tony gained a wealth of international experience being instrumental in setting up the International Projects business unit which was set up to dovetail with the best use of resource across the globe in delivering projects in India, Kazakhstan and the UAE, outsourcing the delivery from concept to tender stages. Subsequently as a Resident Engineer, successfully turning around several legacy projects, Tony completed his tenure as Site Operations Manager heading up Oman’s Site Supervision division. He has also had experience in running his own contracting business in South Africa as Sole Proprietor with two years outside the commercial sector in a humanitarian role under the UNSCR986, Oil for Food program in Iraq, Kurdistan and Turkey working as a Deputy Team Leader. Tony graduated from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa with a Bachelor of Architecture. His field of technical expertise lies predominantly in Construction Management and project controls. Tony also holds a RYA Yachtmasters and has an avid interest in water sports. email@example.com
Walid Azzi Head of Discipline – Bridges Walid joined SSH in April 2014 as a Principal Bridge Engineer. He works within the infrastructure team delivering the designs of all structural elements. Walid is currently the Project Manager for the construction supervision of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Causeway. Prior to joining SSH, Walid worked with Mott MacDonald in the UAE. He was involved in large road and railway projects delivering the structures design packages. Walid was also the Project Manager for the design of the landmark steel arch bridges on the prestigious Al Raha Beach Development in Abu Dhabi. Walid is a Chartered Member of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from City University in the UK.
About SSH About SSH Since 1961 and for more than 50 years, SSH has played a leading role in shaping the built environment and infrastructure of the modern Middle East. Currently, SSH employs over 1,300 people with offices in Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Bahrain, Dubai, Iraq, Kuwait, London, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. SSH is one of the leading master planning, infrastructure, building design, construction supervision and project management firms in the Middle East, with a reputation for design integrity and a portfolio that includes some of the landmark projects in the region. We have completed more than 1,000 projects and are ranked 3rd in the Middle East by World Architecture Magazine and amongst the top 100 Architects in the World. Vision & Mission To be the architectural and engineering consultant, strategic partner and employer of choice in the MENA region. In order to realise our vision we will: Provide regional leadership in delivering high standards of quality and value to our customers Collaborate with the world's leading designers as projects require, delivering exceptional design and engineering services Continue to raise our international and regional profile through innovation and the proficient delivery of landmark projects Promote a performance-based culture throughout our whole business structure. Employ and empower the best people in a creative environment to ensure we meet our customers' design and development challenges Support our people within an extended family/work environment and promote a healthy work/life balance Ensure that openness and integrity are always at the core of everything we do as we strengthen relationships built on trust Build long term shareholder value through the realisation of our vision Our Quality Our quality philosophy is derived from a simple goal: ‘to recognise the needs of our customers and to fulfil them’. We will adopt global best practice standards in the delivery of our services and will maintain an environment of self-evaluation and continuous improvement.
Building Design Building Design Design integrity has always been a priority for SSH and we have a proud track record of involvement in landmark, design-led projects. We have always recruited exceptionally talented individuals. We promote the seamless integration of all design elements, including structural materials, mechanical and electrical systems, interior finishes, Environmental Graphic Design (EGD) and landscape features. We believe all of these essentials should be interwoven into the architectural building fabric to provide our clients with beautifully balanced architecture and sustainable, cost-effective buildings. Architecture Landscape Interior Design Structural Engineering MEP ICT
Company Values Company Values SSH operates within strict legal and ethical guidelines in all of our activities. We provide a challenging and rewarding environment for all employees and maintain a sharp focus on professional excellence, Health and Safety and environmental awareness. We strive to maintain and extend our creative, design, technical, process and commercial expertise over our competitors. Our collaborative approach is reflected throughout our organisation and ensures that our customers and partners regard us as the firm to rely on for design and project delivery throughout the region.
Construction Supervision Construction Supervision SSH is committed to delivering high quality construction supervision services. Our in-house quality management system ensures that we meet technical, statutory, budget and programme requirements. SSH has a dedicated construction division with specialised personnel and procedures to manage and supervise construction activities. Our teams work to reduce technical risks, prevent construction errors, control budgets and meet project deadlines. To maintain quality control we regularly audit the site teams to ensure that our procedures are being followed. Our extensive experience spans every aspect of construction in sectors such as education, government, military, commercial and residential complexes. SSH’s Construction Division supervises a portfolio of projects exceeding USD 4.5 billion in value.
Infrastructure Infrastructure SSH offers comprehensive consulting services for infrastructure and transport projects. We have played a leading role in Kuwait’s public and private sector development for five decades. Since 1961, SSH has been the trusted design and consulting engineering firm for infrastructure and transportation projects across the State of Kuwait and, is now broadening its reach to the wider MENA region. SSH has formed strong working relationships with government departments, private sector clients and utility authorities. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to infrastructure and transport projects, drawing on our in-house capability and specialists from other sectors to ensure project success. Our services span the full range of civil engineering disciplines and we are adept in partnering blue-chip international firms to ensure a full service package is offered to our clients. Infrastructure Master Planning Highway Engineering Bridge Engineering Storm Water Drainage Utility Design Sanitary Engineering Marine Engineering
Master Planning Master Planning SSH has extensive experience in carrying out early project stages including Pre-development Studies, Zoning & Feasibility Studies, Master Planning and Urban Design. For over five decades, we have been involved in or led the planning of many of Kuwait’s most significant construction projects. For example, since 2000, we have been involved in planning studies for the State of Kuwait Master Plan 3rd Review, plans for developing Kuwait International Airport, master planning several new towns and master planning a new university city. Pre-development Studies Zoning & Feasibility Studies Master Planning Urban Design
Services Services Building Design Design integrity has always been a priority for SSH and we have a proud track record of involvement in landmark, design-led projects. We have always recruited exceptionally talented individuals. We promote the seamless integration of all design elements, including structural materials, mechanical and electrical systems, interior finishes, Environmental Graphic Design (EGD) and landscape features. We believe all of these essentials should be interwoven into the architectural building fabric to provide our clients with beautifully balanced architecture and sustainable, cost-effective buildings. Architecture Landscape Interior Design Structural Engineering MEP ICT Construction Supervision SSH is committed to delivering high quality construction supervision services. Our in-house quality management system ensures that we meet technical, statutory, budget and programme requirements. SSH has a dedicated construction division with specialised personnel and procedures to manage and supervise construction activities. Our teams work to reduce technical risks, prevent construction errors, control budgets and meet project deadlines. To maintain quality control we regularly audit the site teams to ensure that our procedures are being followed. Our extensive experience spans every aspect of construction in sectors such as education, government, military, commercial and residential complexes. SSH’s Construction Division supervises a portfolio of projects exceeding USD 4.5 billion in value. Infrastructure SSH offers comprehensive consulting services for infrastructure and transport projects. We have played a leading role in Kuwait’s public and private sector development for five decades. Since 1961, SSH has been the trusted design and consulting engineering firm for infrastructure and transportation projects across the State of Kuwait and, is now broadening its reach to the wider MENA region. SSH has formed strong working relationships with government departments, private sector clients and utility authorities. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to infrastructure and transport projects, drawing on our in-house capability and specialists from other sectors to ensure project success. Our services span the full range of civil engineering disciplines and we are adept in partnering blue-chip international firms to ensure a full service package is offered to our clients. Infrastructure Master Planning Highway Engineering Storm Water Drainage Utility Design Sanitary Engineering Marine Engineering District Cooling Master Planning SSH has extensive experience in carrying out early project stages including Pre-development Studies, Zoning & Feasibility Studies, Master Planning and Urban Design. For over five decades, we have been involved in or led the planning of many of Kuwait’s most significant construction projects. For example, since 2000, we have been involved in planning studies for the State of Kuwait Master Plan 3rd Review, plans for developing Kuwait International Airport, master planning several new towns and master planning a new university city. Pre-development Studies Zoning & Feasibility Studies Master Planning Urban Design