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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.

 

 

 

Khaled Inaim

Projects

360 Mall360 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 Extension6.5 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.Address Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE Address Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE Located adjacent to The Dubai Mall, the initial design for Address Dubai Mall was delivered in March 2017 by Meyer Davis Studio, New York. SSH was contracted to formulate a proposed design to meet the client's budget and timeline constraints in a two-phase programme: * Three months' full shutdown of public areas and partial Guestroom refurbishment * Three months' partial shutdown to complete guestroom upgrade floor-by-floor SSH Interior Design division is responsible for the refurbishment of public areas, guestrooms and suites, delivering detailed design and IFC documentation, while co-ordinating with the client and project consultants, and carrying out local sourcing of materials and value engineering. SSH's scope of services encompass the following - Public Areas: Level 1 - Porte cochere, arrival lobby, reception lobby and lobby lounge; Level 2 - Ballroom, pre-function and meeting rooms; Level 3 - Business centre and meeting rooms. Guestrooms: Levels 4-15 - 243 keys + club lounge. The initial design scope was a full renovation on the property, including the extension of the arrival lobby and porte cochere. In the following months, the client reduced the scope to, primarily, a soft refurbishment and required the services of SSH to fit the "new" concept within the existing envelope. SSH Interior Design team will deliver the detailed design and IFC package for the renovation. The SSH Construction Supervision Division (CSD) has been contracted to deliver the design on site. Al Madina Al Shamaliya IslandsAl 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 MuscatAl 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 PalaceAl Salam Palace After being severely damaged in the 1990s during the Iraq invasion, the historical and monumental Al Salam Palace has finally been restored to its former glory. Transformed as a museum, the palace now tells the history of Kuwait through its 15 rulers. SSH was appointed Lead Design and Construction Supervision consultant on this prestigious project, collaborating with Studio MB to design the exhibits featured in the museum. The redesign of the palace retained and embraced its original historical character while incorporating contemporary elements into the refurbishment, including the addition of a new visitors centre. This and other modern additions complement the existing building, both functionally and aesthetically, by creating visible elements around the site to advertise its new purpose as well as highlight the entrances. The Palace Garden has also been restored carefully, allowing access for visitors to tour the grounds. Recently inaugurated by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Al Salam Palace will open its doors to visitors from around the world in October 2019. Visitors will follow in the footsteps of Head of States and VIPs, arriving in the Rotunda, the heart of the original Palace, before beginning a journey through nine recreated palatial rooms and galleries. The restored palace borders the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre and now forms part of Kuwait's vibrant new cultural landscape.  Al-Shadadiya Industrial Zone Infrastructure WorksAl-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 HeadquartersAlgeria 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 SchoolAMAR 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.BMW ShowroomBMW 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.Creek Beach District Breeze Cluster, Dubai Creek Harbour, UAECreek Beach District Breeze Cluster, Dubai Creek Harbour, UAE The Creek Beach District will be an urban city set to provide a lifestyle experience unlike anywhere else in Dubai. Flanked by the Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary, this waterfront development with spectacular views towards the Dubai skyline, will act as an integral link between the Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower & Plaza, and Creek Island Dubai developments within the Dubai Creek Harbour district. The first residential cluster Emaar launched to market within Creek Beach District is called Breeze. Tucked away at the corner of Creek Beach, Breeze is a sanctuary for modern families, draped in nature and just minutes away from the stunning beach, the canal and Creek Island Dubai. Breeze comprises three clusters of one- to four-bedroom apartments inspired by traditional Middle Eastern architecture and amenities include a private courtyard with barbecue facilities, private pool, gym and large play area.Creek Beach District Master Plan, Dubai Creek Harbour, UAECreek Beach District Master Plan, Dubai Creek Harbour, UAE The Creek Beach District will be an urban city set to provide a lifestyle experience unlike anywhere else in Dubai. Flanked by the Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary, this waterfront development with spectacular views towards the Dubai skyline, will act as an integral link between the Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower & Plaza, and Creek Island Dubai developments within the Dubai Creek Harbour district. SSH’s scope on this prestigious master plan is as lead consultant, also encompassing architectural delivery, structural engineering and building services.Creek Horizon within the Island District of Dubai Creek HarbourCreek Horizon within the Island District of Dubai Creek Harbour SSH is 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 HeadquartersCriminal 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 SpaDhofar 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 MuharraqDiyar 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 HawallyFour 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.Ghala Heights, OmanGhala Heights, Oman   The Ghala Heights project required full design services for an integrated mixed-use development in Muscat, Oman. The development will provide 146,000 sqm of built-up area within a site of 21,480 sqm. The development includes a four-star deluxe hotel with 282 guest rooms and 58 serviced apartments. Three residential apartment blocks providing 144 apartments are located over a four-storey podium comprising three floors of office spaces and a high-ground floor retail zone. Basement parking over three levels provides for 1,200 car parking spaces and operational management facilities, including security, maintenance, refuse and delivery. Enabling works commenced in January 2019, followed by the Main Works in June 2019, which includes 1-month mobilization.     Harbour Gate, Dubai Creek Harbour, UAEHarbour Gate, Dubai Creek Harbour, UAE Dubai Creek Harbour is a new and bespoke, mixed-use development and waterfront destination, 10 minutes from Downtown Dubai, featuring the iconic Burj Khalifa, and from Dubai International Airport. The development lines the banks of the historic 'Dubai Creek' adjacent to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary with the iconic skyline of Dubai as its backdrop. The overall development is split into several interconnected districts with Plot 30, Harbour Gate, located within Creek Island Dubai. Located on the eastern side of Creek Island Dubai and accented with waterfront and park views, the residential project will be a high-rise development consisting of two towers with a connecting podium along with retail and townhouse opportunities. With heights of ground + mezzanine + 37 for Tower 1 and ground + mezzanine + 29 for Tower 2, the development has significant opportunities to maximise the surrounding views. The development is integrated within Dubai Creek Harbour with urban landscape and place-making to position it as a sought-after development in its own right. The residential component of the development has been carefully considered to maximise available views of Dubai Creek Tower, designed by Swiss-Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, Creek Marina, central park and long-distance vista opportunities including the 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. Dubai Creek Harbour is a new development from Emaar in a joint venture with Dubai Holding that is focused on building urban island residences onto the contours of the creek. Emaar appointed leading architecture and engineering consultancy SSH to carry out full design and construction supervision services on Harbour Gate.Junoot Eco ResortJunoot 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 RoadsKhiran 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 PlazaKIA 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 TowerKIPCO 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 HousingKOC 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 MarineKOC 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 HospitalKuwait 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 ProjectKuwait 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 PlanKuwait 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, BahrainMarassi 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 WaterfrontMarina 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. Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Regeneration, OmanMina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Regeneration, Oman DAMAC International was chosen by the Government of Oman to develop Port Sultan Qaboos into a world-class, mixed-use waterfront destination and to establish the port as an integral new tourism destination for Oman. The development will include two main zones, namely tourist port regeneration areas, as well as other project sites, such as Shotayfi Village, Al Rabia hilltop parcels and Hay Al Mina. SSH has been awarded the scope of detailing the master plan and completing the infrastructure of the new waterfront destination. In addition, SSH was awarded the design consultancy services for the buildings and components of Zone 1 – Bab Al Mina. Bab Al Mina covers a built-up area of approximately 150,000 sqm and includes a four-star hotel, residential blocks comprising 430 units and several retail and entertainment offerings. Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront is based in the 200-year-old historical centre of commerce in Muscat, which is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Oman. NBK Children's Cancer HospitalNBK 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 HeadquartersNBK 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 ComplexOil 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 CentreOman 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 CentreOpening 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.Panorama Residence and Suites, Abraj Quarter Tower and TownhousesPanorama 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 ResortRas 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 PlantSabah 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 CentreSheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre   SSH’s Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) is a new world-class museum district within Kuwait City. Together with the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), and recently restored Al Salam Palace, also SSH projects, it will form Kuwait’s new national cultural district. The museums are a celebration of Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. They will also embrace and showcase the rich diversity of the world’s finest cultural achievements, with the scale, shapes and shades of the buildings designed to convey a sense of wonder and awe worthy of such accomplishments. The complex is tied together by its central ‘street’; a covered thoroughfare forming ASCC’s spine that evokes walking down a traditional, busy Kuwaiti street. Meandering through the district beneath the spine’s technologically advanced canopy is a journey of surprises, revealing exciting spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, while offering stunning views deep into each museum building. Visitors can enjoy six distinct experiences, each housed within their own buildings at the complex, which are a Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Museum of Islamic History, and Space Museum, as well as a Fine Arts Centre and Theatre. Each building contains an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits and artworks. Covering a total area of 13 ha, ASCC is the largest museums project of its kind in the world and was named Public Building of the Year at the prestigious ABB LEAF Awards 2017.  Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah HighwaySheikh 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 CentreSheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) is a showcase for the performing arts and world-class theatre quarter in a spacious parkland setting. Together with the recently opened Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre and recently restored Al Salam Palace, both also SSH projects, it will form Kuwait’s new national cultural district. The cultural district includes 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 shining jewels within a larger public park.  Complex geometric forms inspired by Islamic architecture create the richly textured outer skin of each building resulting in dramatic public spaces below that benefit from the interplay of light and shadow. Visitors can immerse themselves in this atmospheric expanse by meandering through the intertwining areas under the outer envelope by foot or via air-conditioned lifts and travellators. Luxurious, world-class buildings sit under the outer skin exuding character, drama and a heightened sense of expectation. The surprises continue inside each building and visitors will find jewels within jewels as they explore the beautifully designed interiors. JACC regularly attracts the world’s leading performers, as well as cultural favourites from Kuwait and the MENA region.  The key buildings of the complex are the Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre, and National Library for Historical Documents, all set within a Park for Kuwait. Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah CausewaySheikh 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.Specialist Clinical Centre for Dentistry, Dermatology and DiabetesSpecialist 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.SSH Designs Prestigious Mixed-use Hospitality Project in MoroccoSSH Designs Prestigious Mixed-use Hospitality Project in Morocco   SSH was appointed Lead Design Consultant of a new mixed-use development covering an area of 750,000 sqm in Marrakech, Morocco. The new project features both five-star hospitality and unparalleled luxury residential properties, including golf-branded villas and apartments. Residents and visitors alike can experience this exclusive enclave surrounded by captivating mountain views. The first phase of the project, which consists of a high-end 18-hole golf course set against the backdrop of a landmark mountain range, has been completed. The second phase comprises hospitality, residential, retail and landscape components, all creating a vibrant destination. The hospitality component will include a luxurious St. Regis Resort Hotel, offering 60 guest rooms, 20 villas, a ballroom, conference centre, restaurants and other leisure facilities, as well as separate branded villas. The residential component will comprise standard as well as twin villas, whereas the retail element will include variously-sized apartment units, shops and a sports academy.  “We are very excited to have been appointed as the Lead Design Consultant on this prestigious project,” said Danny Warde, Marketing Director at SSH. “Our appointment to this development is not only a testament of our building design pedigree within the hospitality sector, but also confirms our commitment to Morocco’s architecture and engineering market.” Concept design was done in collaboration with Woods Bagot.     The Fifth Ring RoadThe 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 RoadThe 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 Late Salwa Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord CentreThe Late Salwa Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord Centre The Late Salwa Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord Centre, designed by SSH, is a 12,000 sqm healthcare facility in Kuwait that houses an outpatient unit for healthy adult stem cell collection, a fully self-sufficient cryolab, which stores adult and cord blood stem cells, as well as stem cell research facilities. The operational organisation of the building was planned jointly by SSH’s medical planning team and specialist advisers, resulting in the development of a unique building that caters to the clients’ specific functional needs. Our shared expertise enabled the team to develop a critical adjacency matrix to rationalise departmental relationships. The location of departments within the facility is governed by convenient access points and an efficient circulation system that minimises the travel distances of staff, donors, patients, visitors and blood samples.Universal Printing PressUniversal 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.Winter Camp Al Wadi, AlUla, KSAWinter Camp Al Wadi, AlUla, KSA SSH was appointed as Lead Consultant by the Royal Commission of AlUla on an ultra-fast-track, four-month design-and-build programme for the new Winter Camp Al Wadi development in AlUla, Saudi Arabia. The camp acted as a venue for the Winter at Tantora festival, which ran from 20 December 2018 to 9 February 2019.  SSH provided full master planning, infrastructure and site-based design services while working in close collaboration with MACE and the Royal Commission to successfully complete the project’s first phase within the set time frame.   

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ABB LEAF Awards success for Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural CentreABB 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.   Al Salam Palace is the Latest Project Added to SSH’s Portfolio Al Salam Palace is the Latest Project Added to SSH’s Portfolio The Amiri Diwan of Kuwait’s vision to restore Al Salam Palace to its former glory has now been realised as the major historical building has been rehabilitated and transformed into a new museum explaining the history of Kuwait through its 15 rulers. SSH was appointed Lead Design and Construction Supervision consultant on this prestigious project and is honoured to have been trusted to implement the Amiri Diwan’s directives for the restoration of the iconic building. SSH also collaborated with Studio MB to design the exhibits featured in the new museum. “SSH has played an important role in the redevelopment of Al Salam Palace, knowing what this historic landmark represents for Kuwait and its people,” said Khalil Alonaizi, Resident Director – Kuwait at SSH. “We are proud to have taken part in bringing this building of cultural significance back to life, giving it new purpose as well as making it a source of education and enjoyment for future generations of Kuwaitis and visitors to the country.” The redesign of the palace retains its original historical character while incorporating modern elements into its refurbishment, including the addition of a new visitor’s centre. The Palace Garden has also been carefully restored allowing access for visitors to tour the grounds. “The Palace comes with considerable historical character built-in,” said Simon Dennison, Design Director at SSH. “The design has allowed the restored building to remain dominant, while the character has been augmented with modern new additions. A positive balance has been struck between extracting maximum value out of a very complex existing building and creating new contemporary additions, while still retaining the overwhelmingly historic feel of the whole.” He added: “The new additions complement the existing building both functionally and aesthetically, creating visible elements around the site to advertise its new purpose and highlight the entrances. As in the past, the arrival experience is very important as this forms the start of your journey into and through the museum. Creating an entrance in the basement was a key decision to control the general public and school children while maintaining a clear and unobstructed main entrance.” Inaugurated by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Al Salam Palace will open its doors in October 2019 to visitors, who will get to learn about Kuwait’s history with a contemporary touch.  ASCC nominated for International Property Awards 2018ASCC nominated for International Property Awards 2018 The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) has been named winner of the Public Services Architecture award for Kuwait at the Africa & Arabia Property Awards 2018-2019. The award for ASCC was presented at the official ceremony on 11 October 2018, at The Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Hotel, in Dubai. At the event, ASCC was also announced as a five-star Best Public Services Architecture regional category winner and nominated to compete with other regional category winners for the global International Property Awards, which will be announced at a gala presentation dinner in December 2018 in London. “To be nominated for the International Property Awards, as well as being a regional winner at the Africa & Arabia Property Awards, is a great honour,” said Simon Dennison, Design Director of SSH. “On behalf of our client, the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait, and SSH, we are extremely pleased with this award, which goes toward validating our architectural and engineering pedigree across the MENA region.” As part of the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait’s vision for the country to become a cultural hub for MENA region and beyond, ASCC is a new world-class museum district within Kuwait City and is a celebration of Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. Since its inauguration on 5 February 2018, the centre has embraced and showcased the rich diversity of the world’s finest cultural achievements, with the scale, shapes and shades of the buildings designed to convey a sense of wonder and awe worthy of such accomplishments. The complex is tied together by its central ‘street’; a covered thoroughfare forming ASCC’s spine that evokes walking down a traditional, busy Kuwaiti street. Meandering through the district beneath the spine’s technologically advanced canopy is a journey of surprises, revealing exciting spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, while offering stunning views deep into each museum building. Visitors can enjoy six distinct experiences, each housed within their own buildings at the complex, which are a Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Museum of Islamic History, and Space Museum, as well as a Fine Arts Centre and Theatre. Each building contains an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits and artworks. 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.Barry Landrum talks about Middle East Healthcare in Construction Business News magazineBarry 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  Breeze Cluster at Emaar’s Creek Beach District About to Commence Breeze Cluster at Emaar’s Creek Beach District About to Commence Construction of Emaar’s first residential cluster within its Creek Beach District development is imminent. The Creek Beach District will be an urban city set to provide a lifestyle experience unlike anywhere else in Dubai. Flanked by the Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary, this waterfront development with spectacular views towards the Dubai skyline, will act as an integral link between the Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower & Plaza, and Creek Island Dubai developments within the Dubai Creek Harbour district. The first residential cluster Emaar launched to market within Creek Beach District is called Breeze. Tucked away at the corner of Creek Beach, Breeze is a sanctuary for modern families, draped in nature and just minutes away from the stunning beach, the canal and Creek Island Dubai. This new development comprises three clusters of one- to four-bedroom apartments inspired by traditional Middle Eastern architecture and amenities include a private courtyard with barbecue facilities, private pool, gym and a large play area. SSH’s scope on the prestigious Creek Beach District master plan is as lead consultant, architectural partner, structural engineer and providing building services.Construction of Emaar’s Creek Horizon development reaches podium level Construction of Emaar’s Creek Horizon development reaches podium level Emaar Properties’ Creek Horizon residential project at Dubai Creek Harbour, has now reached ground level. The project, following the theme of ‘living on an island’, offers a bold ‘destination living experience’ and comprises two towers, rising from a landscaped podium structure. Located at the Dubai Creek Harbour master development, the Creek Horizon project will also offer individual townhouse opportunities and shared leisure amenities, such as a swimming pool, gym and recreation areas, which will help to define a vibrant atmosphere in the residential community. Emaar appointed leading architecture and engineering consultancy SSH to carry out the design and construction supervision for the Creek Horizon project. The project’s design encourages an integrated lifestyle development that promises island-style living in Dubai. The scheme is integrated into the district master plan using landscape and place-making to position the development as one of the most desirable in the area. With construction now at podium level, progress on the residential scheme will accelerate. Once complete, the towers will top out at ground + three-level podium + 39 storeys and ground + three-level podium + 36 stories. The towers’ orientation has been designed to maximise on the available views of the waterfront, harbour and central park within the district while also offering long-distance vista opportunities, including the city skyline and Burj Khalifa views. Creek Horizon will form part of Dubai Creek Harbour, a new master plan development 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 the new district and responds to the views of the Dubai skyline, waterfront, central park and creek beyond.David Daniels Ranks 10th in Design Middle East’s Creative 30 ListDavid Daniels Ranks 10th in Design Middle East’s Creative 30 List   David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH, has been ranked in Design Middle East’s The Creative 30 ranking of design professionals in the region. The regional interiors and architecture magazine’s The Creative 30 ranking “salutes the top 30 guns of design and architecture in the Middle East whose contribution in 2018 is worth applauding and recognising”, according to its issue cover. David was ranked 10th place among celebrated, influential, and powerful designers and architects who are changing designs and shaping structures across the region “in the most groundbreaking manner”. “I would like to say that it is a huge honour to be included in this year’s list of creatives and designers, and an even more amazing privilege to have been placed in the top 10, particularly due to the incredible talents of my peers also included on the list,” said David upon being told of his ranking. “Of course, this is only possible because of the great team I have around me and the amazing work that we create collectively.” He added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to the Design Middle East team, the panel of judges and, of course, Design Middle East Editor Roma Arora.” The Creative 30 print issue of Design Middle East is available now and the digital edition can be found online here.  David Daniels to Judge on Design Middle East AwardsDavid Daniels to Judge on Design Middle East Awards David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH, will be part of the jury chosen to select the winners of the inaugural Design Middle East Awards 2018, which will be held on 10 October at Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Dubai. The Design Middle East Awards, spread over 18 categories, will recognise individual excellence, company strengths and project success, with the gala ceremony being a celebration of the best and foremost of the region’s creative design industry. David forms part of a jury of leading regional design experts, who will deliberate on which companies, individuals and projects will go on to win at the event. “I’m excited to have been approached as a judge for the Design Middle East Awards,” said David of his appointment. “I’m looking forward to seeing the standard of entries for this event. With the generally high quality of projects coming up across the region, and the ever-increasing calibre of the individuals and companies behind such designs, I sure my co-judges and I will have our work cut out for us.”Delegates get interactive at SSH’s AHIC Design Studio Delegates get interactive at SSH’s AHIC Design Studio Following the introductory networking event on 17 April, SSH’s first full day at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) has proved an interactive experience, as we showcased our integrated design techniques to delegates. AHIC UAE is being held for the first time at a purpose-built, beachfront ‘AHIC Village’ at the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah. In the exhibition pavilion, SSH’s ‘mini design studio’ gave attendees an insight into the process behind collaborative project design, and how we work closely with clients to deliver their development dreams. Our stand not only demonstrated virtual reality tours of upcoming schemes, but also augmented reality renders of new developments. Meanwhile, our famous ‘glass wall’ enabled our architects to sketch designs live for delegates to see. SSH will be exhibiting at AHIC until 19 April.designMENA features the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural CentredesignMENA 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 moreDhofar Beach Resort construction supervised by SSHDhofar 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.Doors Open for Second SSH Student LectureDoors Open for Second SSH Student Lecture SSH recently opened its doors to students from Kuwait University for the second time in what has become the annual SSH Student Lecture. SSH has always actively supported various programmes to help young architecture and engineering students and in 2018, Kuwait University reached out to the company to provide a forum for students of its architecture campus to learn from SSH’s expertise. From this developed a new platform offering an insight into how a leading real-world multidisciplinary practice operates. That inaugural event, an informative lecture hosted at the company’s offices, gained such positive feedback from attending students, that SSH has now turned the educational opportunity into an annual initiative, with Colm Dunphy, Principal Architect at SSH, again taking the helm. Colm was on hand to host students for his educational introduction to the company, to explain its role within the wider architecture, engineering and construction industry and help them discover how the SSH uses its well-known integrated design approach to delivering landmark projects across the MENA region. “Young and talented individuals are crucial to the future of the industry,” Colm said. “This collaborative educational initiative with Kuwait University allows SSH to guide students on their future entry into the sector and to help nurture the next generation of architects and engineers.”       Emaar Appoints SSH on Grande Tower in Dubai’s Opera DistrictEmaar Appoints SSH on Grande Tower in Dubai’s Opera District   Emaar, world-renowned real estate development company and pioneer of master-planned communities in Dubai, announced that it will be adding yet another iconic landmark to Downtown Dubai, its flagship development. Grande luxury residential tower will be located in the radiant centre of culture and arts in Downtown Dubai, neighbouring the Dubai Opera and standing opposite Burj Park and lake. The project comprises a promenade level below a 78-storey tower accommodating retail, amenities and 866 spacious luxury apartments, including a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units with large penthouses situated below the crown. Architecture and engineering consultancy SSH was selected by Emaar and appointed by WSP to carry out full architecture services on this prestigious development. “The tower will be a significant addition to the Downtown Dubai skyline and will become a contributing and symbolic landmark in the development of the Opera District,” said Michael Byron, Resident Director – UAE, at SSH. “SSH is extremely honoured to once again be working alongside Emaar in delivering a project that will exemplify a luxurious setting for contemporary living and offer premium experiences for residents and guests alike.” The design’s curved footprint embraces the fountain lake and mimics the organic sweeping lines of the existing landscape. A balanced rhythm of undulating piers and slim vertical fins accentuates the elegance and verticality of the tower up to its delicate crown. While residents will be gifted panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and surrounding landscape, the podium of the tower makes the most of its proximity to the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. Pedestrians strolling along the Fountain Lake will have direct access to retail units that will line the podium’s base at promenade level. The podium’s upper level is to include a swimming pool and expansive deck orientated, along with the tower itself, to benefit from spectacular Dubai Fountain views. A large expanse of amenity space will allow for exceptional facilities within the tower, while the basement will provide ample residential and visitor parking.Emaar’s Address Downtown named Best Luxury Hotel in Dubai Emaar’s Address Downtown named Best Luxury Hotel in Dubai   Regional real estate heavyweight Emaar’s Address Downtown hotel in Dubai has been named as the Best Luxury Hotel in Dubai at the International Hotel Awards 2018. The International Hotel Awards determine the finest hotels and hospitality companies in the world and was developed to identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the global hospitality industry across a wide range of areas. The awards evolved from the long-established International Property Awards, which are regarded as the definitive awards programme focused on residential and commercial sectors.  As Emaar’s first foray into the hospitality sector, the 63-storey flagship property launched the successful Address hotel brand in 2008. Since then, the developer has launched various other Address properties in Dubai, in the UAE. The hotel comprises 220 guestrooms, 626 luxury serviced apartments, three floors of F&B outlets, a podium-level pool, fitness centre and spa facilities. Emaar contracted interior design studio, Meyer Davis New York, to produce a fresh, contemporary and inspired redesign for the hotel in 2016.   SSH was initially contracted by Meyer Davis Studio, Inc. (MDSI) as the designer’s local representation to interact with Emaar’s design team on the development of the property design, provide co-ordination with other consulting parties for MEP, façade, landscape, and HSE, and locally source materials to meet the completion programme.   During the installation phase of the project, Emaar retained the services of SSH to oversee the integrity of the design and installation by the Main Contractor, Dutco, and sub-contractors, Fino and Interiors International.  Set in the heart of the Downtown Dubai area, the refurbished hotel has further cemented its iconic status as the flagship of the Address luxury hospitality brand with its success at the International Hotel Awards.   “SSH’s team for the Address Downtown worked intimately with Emaar’s design team to follow through on the new vision for the hotel,” said Marlaine Collins, Lead Interior Architect at SSH. “We are delighted the hotel’s redesign contributed to its successful award win and hope that guests staying at the hotel continue to enjoy its refreshed contemporary atmosphere, while experiencing the same excellence they would come to expect of the Address brand.”   She added: “On behalf of SSH, I heartily congratulate Emaar and the Address Downtown on its success.” Emaar’s Creek Beach District Master Plan Led by SSH Emaar’s Creek Beach District Master Plan Led by SSH Pioneering real estate development company Emaar’s Creek Beach District is being led by SSH, acting as lead consultant on the master planned development.   The Creek Beach District will be an urban city set to provide a lifestyle experience like no other in Dubai. Flanked by the Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary, this waterfront development with spectacular views towards the Dubai skyline, will act as an integral link between the Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower & Plaza, and Creek Island Dubai developments within the Dubai Creek Harbour district. SSH’s scope on this prestigious master plan is as lead consultant, architectural partner, structural engineer and providing building services. With the buildings identified in the master plan as low to mid-rise, the multilayered design intent creates a pedestrian-friendly zone at a human scale that encourages shopping, socialising and relaxing. The vision is to create a modern interpretation of an old Middle Eastern city, comprising a vibrant ground level with residents living above.  Featuring a network of courtyards, walkways and a family-oriented waterfront area, all well equipped with vibrant community spaces, including commercial, retail and F&B, Creek Beach will be home to a varied range of residential units. The district will be interspersed with extensive public, communal and private amenities. A hotel will also bring the benefits of a hospitality component to the development.   The district will be built in two phases covering a total GFA of approximately 343,700 sqm. Emaar is carrying out a phased rollout of residential clusters to market as development progresses.Emir of Kuwait attends inauguration of Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural CentreEmir 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. Foundations Being Set for Emaar’s Harbour Gate ProjectFoundations Being Set for Emaar’s Harbour Gate Project The Harbour Gate residential development by Emaar on Creek Island Dubai in Dubai Creek Harbour, the one-of-its-kind modern master-planned destination located along the historic Dubai Creek in the heart of the city, is making substantial progress on site foundation works. Located on the eastern side of Creek Island Dubai and accented with waterfront and park views, the project will be a high-rise development consisting of two towers with a connecting podium along with retail and townhouse opportunities. Emaar appointed leading architecture and engineering consultancy SSH to carry out full design and construction supervision services on Harbour Gate. With heights of ground + mezzanine + 37-storeys for Tower 1, and ground + Mezzanine + 29 for Tower 2, Harbour Gate has significant opportunities to maximise on its surrounding views. The project will overlook the nearby marina and a central park, as well as benefit from a clear panorama of Dubai Creek Tower, the upcoming icon. The property is integrated within the Dubai Creek Harbour district and is positioned to become a much sought-after development on completion. Dubai Creek Harbour is a new project by Emaar in a joint venture with Dubai Holding that is focused on building urban island residences onto the contours of the creek. Acting as a gateway to Creek Island Dubai, the Harbour Gate property will provide an Island lifestyle with an urban twist for its residents, who will be housed in one- two- or three-bedroom units. Private pools, a gym, a children's area, private parking and a landscaped leisure deck are among the amenities available, in addition to robust retail, and food and beverage components.Founder continues tour of SSH offices with visit to KuwaitFounder 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. Full Refurbishment of Emaar’s Address Dubai Mall Nears Completion Full Refurbishment of Emaar’s Address Dubai Mall Nears Completion Emaar Properties, the globally respected real estate development company based in Dubai, is close to completing the full refurbishment of its prestigious hotel, Address Dubai Mall, in Downtown Dubai. After reopening the hotel with the Phase One launch of the revitalised and renewed design during the last quarter of 2018, the final phase is now drawing to a close. Linked directly to The Dubai Mall, the world’s most-visited retail and lifestyle destination, the hotel’s initial design was delivered in March 2017 by Meyer Davis Studio, New York. SSH was contracted to formulate a proposed design to meet the client's budget and timeline constraints in a two-phase programme:* Three months' full shutdown of public areas and partial guestroom refurbishment * Three months' partial shutdown to complete guestroom upgrade floor-by-floor SSH Interior Design division is responsible for the refurbishment of public areas, guestrooms and suites, delivering detailed design and IFC documentation, while co-ordinating with the client and project consultants, and carrying out local sourcing of materials and value engineering. SSH's scope of services encompass the following: Public Areas: Level 1 – Porte cochere, arrival lobby, reception lobby and lobby lounge; Level 2 – Ballroom, pre-function and meeting rooms; Level 3 – Business centre and meeting rooms. Guestrooms: Levels 4-15 – 243 keys + club lounge. "On behalf of SSH, we congratulate Emaar and Address Dubai Mall on the full refurbishment of the property," said Michael Byron, Resident Director – UAE, at SSH. "We're thrilled that Emaar trusted us with the challenge of delivering an innovative and contemporary design within the tight constraints of the project programme. With work nearly complete on the final phase, we hope that the renewed property provides a unique guest experience with all the luxury hallmarks Address hotels are famed for." Address Dubai Mall is part of Address Hotels + Resorts, the premium luxury hotel and serviced residences brand by Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Emaar Properties. Harper’s Bazaar Interiors magazine features SSH-designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural CentreHarper’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”.Intelligent CIO Magazine speaks to Sean Dewhurst, Change and IT DirectorIntelligent 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 moreInterior design uncovered by our Associate Director – Interior Design at AHIC 2018Interior design uncovered by our Associate Director – Interior Design at AHIC 2018 At the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2018, visit the SSH stand and meet our Associate Director – Interior Design, Sebaa Orabi, who will explain the nuances of hospitality design interiors, from fixtures to furnishings, an how they can leave a lasting impression with hotel guests. Our integrated design philosophy allows our specialist teams – from architecture and MEP to structural, interior design and landscaping – to work seamlessly to deliver signature hospitality projects that will be remembered by guests for years to come. Speak with Sebaa at Stand G18 at AHIC, which runs from 17-19 April at the beachfront AHIC Village, the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah. JACC named Cultural & Heritage Project of the Year at MEED Projects AwardsJACC named Cultural & Heritage Project of the Year at MEED Projects Awards   Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) has won Cultural & Heritage Project of the Year at the 2018 MEED Projects Awards in association with Mashreq held on 2 May at the Westin Mina Seyahi Dubai, UAE. The titanium-clad cultural centre won against worthy and world-class competition, such as the sprawling Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex for Culture & Recreation, in Oman, and the famous Dubai Opera complex in the UAE, among others. The MEED Projects 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. MEED announced JACC as Cultural & Heritage Project National Winner for Kuwait in March, which meant its entry advanced to the finals for the chance to become GCC winner in its category at the gala ceremony last night. SSH was appointed by design and build contractor, Al Hani Construction & Trading Company, as lead architecture and engineering designer on the four-building complex. Since opening in 2016, JACC has received several architectural and design awards. The complex is a focal attraction for various performing arts and cultural events, and hosts numerous local and international acts. Together, with the recently opened Sheikh Abdullah Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (ASCC), and recently restored Al Salam Palace, both also SSH projects, JACC forms part of Kuwait City’s new national cultural district. The complex’s main buildings are the Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents, all set within a new national park. Designed to resemble a set of jewels, JACC is the centrepiece attraction of the country’s cultural quarter. A combined team of Kuwait’s Amiri Diwan, client of the centre, and SSH collected the award on stage at the gala ceremony. “The Amiri Diwan and SSH are both extremely proud that the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre has been awarded this prestigious honour by MEED,” said Sadoon Al Essa, Executive Partner of SSH, who attended the event. “The Amiri Diwan’s mission has been to elevate culture and heritage within Kuwait and the wider MENA region, and I believe this has been successfully achieved. This latest award further validates the vision of the Amiri Diwan, JACC’s place as regional and international cultural destination, and SSH’s architectural and engineering pedigree. We are all very happy.” JACC was also named Best Cultural Design Project at the recent Index Architecture & Design Awards, and won several regional and international awards in 2017.  Kuwait Launches $775M Cultural CentreKuwait 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 MEKuwait 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.  Kuwaiti causeway project wins infrastructure awardKuwaiti causeway project wins infrastructure award   The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Causeway – Main Link was honoured when it received the Special Award for an Infrastructure Project for the Year 2017, by the Kuwaiti Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) on 7 May at its annual banquet event. Project owner the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transportation was presented with the award. As the local construction supervision consultant on the project, SSH was also directly recognised with a Certificate of Excellence award for work carried out on the scheme, which was presented to Khaled El Khoury, Managing Director of Project and Construction Management at SSH. SSH was appointed in joint venture with Dar Al Handasah to provide design review and construction supervision consultancy services by the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works on the highway route. The main causeway link stretches across Kuwait Bay linking the Shuwaikh Port area on the south side of the bay to the Subiyah New Town area to the north. The total length of the main causeway is 36km, of which 27km is a marine bridge structure.  Latest phase of Omran ’s OCEC project with SSH chases LEED Gold building statusLatest phase of Omran ’s OCEC project with SSH chases LEED Gold building status   Continued development of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is charging ahead, as Omran commissions SSH to win Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold accreditation for Package Three of the project. Since completing construction of Package Two in 2016 – the 45,000 sqm Exhibition Centre, 4,200-space car park and associated landscaping – Omran employed SSH to move straight onto Package Three, the Convention Centre portion of the project. The Convention Centre design includes a 3,200-seat lyric-style theatre with two galleries, a second 450-seat auditorium, 19 meeting rooms with full AV installations, a Grand Ballroom with 1,200-seat banquet capacity, a Junior Ballroom with 540-seat banquet capacity, a food court, and associated back-of-house facilities. Like Package Two, which was officially accredited with LEED Gold Certification from the Green Building Council in the USA in 2017, Omran and SSH are also seeking LEED Gold accreditation for the Convention Centre phase of the scheme. SSH was originally appointed in 2010 as the Engineering sub-consultant for the OCEC Package 2 Exhibition Centre design stage, preparing final design and construction documentation for tender. Subsequently, in 2012, SSH was appointed by Omran as the Architect and Engineer of Record and in that capacity completed the detailed design and construction documentation for the Convention Centre phase, together with the site infrastructure and hard and soft landscaping designs for the project. This fully integrated precinct developed by Omran within the development zone of Madinat Al Irfan – a world-class, urban mixed-use development – is located just four kilometres from Muscat International Airport. The Exhibition Centre has hosted well over 100 events and seen more than 750,000 visitors walk through its doors, marking OCEC as a truly iconic development with a global profile. The award of LEED Gold Certification also cements the building design’s sustainability credentials. LEED certification is official recognition that a project complies with the requirements prescribed within the LEED rating systems as created and maintained by the US Green Building Council. This rating system evaluates the environmental performance of a building and encourages market transformation toward sustainable design. The system is credit-based, allowing projects to earn points for environmentally friendly actions taken during construction and use of a building. There are six categories in which a project can earn credits: Sustainable Sites Water Efficiency Energy and Atmosphere Materials and Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Innovation in Design With a perfect score for water efficiency, the OCEC Exhibition Centre Package Two achieved an overall credit score of 65, exceeding the threshold for LEED Gold Status. Omran aims to mirror the LEED Gold success already achieved for the Package Two facilities with a similar Gold award for the Convention Centre phase of OCEC, and SSH are responsible for ensuring that this target is achieved.  “Design integrity has always been a priority for SSH and we have a proud track record of involvement in design-led landmark projects,” said Danny Warde, Resident Director of Oman at SSH. “We have always promoted the seamless integration of all design elements, including structural materials, mechanical and electrical systems, interior finishes and landscape features. It was, therefore, crucial to us that all these elements are interwoven into the architectural fabric of this particular project to provide our clients with beautifully balanced architecture and a sustainable, cost-effective building.” He added: “To repeat the LEED success we saw with the OCEC Exhibition Centre for the OCEC Convention Centre would be a proud moment for our client, Omran, and for SSH in Oman.” OCEC is the first significant venture for Oman into the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) markets. The centre will act as a gateway to Muscat and draws on Oman’s strong cultural heritage, architectural traditions and natural beauty, thereby driving growth in the country’s tourism sector, as well as engagement from the local community.  Matt Squires achieves first-time rank in CBN Power Hour listMatt Squires achieves first-time rank in CBN Power Hour list   Matt Squire’s CEO of SSH, has been included in the Construction Business News (CBN) Power Hour ranking for the first time in its 2018 edition. CBN, a regional press and online publication covering the construction market, released its annual Power Hour ranking for 2018 in early July, highlighting the most prominent leaders in the Middle East construction sector. Since becoming CEO in September 2017, Matt has led SSH into a profitable 2018, with its current projects backlog of USD152M. On-going developments include the Kuwait Children’s Hospital, which will be the largest facility of its kind in the world when completed, and phase three of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, among many others across the MENA region. This year’s list features more than 10 new entries from across the regional construction industry, with Matt being among them. These fresh players to the annual ranking have “altered the entire corporate dynamics of the Power Hour 2018”, according to CBN. Find out Matt’s rank and see the full Power Hour list here.  Matt Squires speaks to MEED.comMatt 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.   Matt Squires Stays Strong in CBN Power Hour 2019 RankingMatt Squires Stays Strong in CBN Power Hour 2019 Ranking SSH is excited to see that, in the annual Construction Business News Power Hour ranking, our CEO, Matt Squires, has increased rank in the 2019 edition.   Matt rank now stands at 31 for the 2019 edition of the list. When he made his debut in 2018, he ranked at 32. Construction Business News magazine’s Power Hour is its list of the 60 most prominent contractors, real estate developers, consultants, and facilities management companies working across the Middle East region. When Matt first appeared in the Power Hour listing, he was only 10 months into his role as CEO of SSH. Since then, Matt has provided steadfast leadership of the company and led it into improved growth in each of its regional markets.Sean Dewhurst talks building design tech in Business Review MESean 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 is Landscape Middle East’s Cover StorySheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre is Landscape Middle East’s Cover Story The SSH-designed Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) in Kuwait features on the cover of Landscape Middle East’s April issue. Explaining the inspiration and multifaceted aspects of the complex’s design, the feature delves into the vision of the client, the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait, the concept behind the design, and key design elements that make the centre a landmark project in the MENA region.   Read the full article by visiting Landscape Middle East’s website here.  Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre shortlisted for ABB LEAF Awards 2017Sheikh 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 Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre shortlisted for CID AwardsSheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre shortlisted for CID Awards   Kuwait’s Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) has been announced as a shortlisted nominee for Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector at the 2018 Commercial Interior Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards honour the individuals, firms and projects seen to have elevated the design industry’s stature within the region internationally. This year’s event has received 420 submissions across 18 categories from 114 companies throughout the Middle East, according to the new CID website (formerly DesignMENA.com). The Amiri Diwan of Kuwait appointed SSH to lead the creation of its vision for a perfect platform to promote knowledge and the cultural growth of the country.  ASCC is the result and is a beacon informing and exciting visitors about the wonders of nature, history, science and culture. The complex’s appropriately subtle interior design has become key to delivering this educational message in a fun and intriguing environment.  The CID Awards ceremony will take place on 19 September at the Joharah Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Read more about the awards here.Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre success at International Property Awards Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre success at International Property Awards   The International Property Awards has announced Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) as winner of the Best Public Service Architecture Arabia Award at its annual ceremony, held in London at The Savoy Hotel on 3 December 2018. The globally recognised awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence. This latest accolade adds to the success already achieved by the cultural complex, which was named as Best Public Services Architecture for Kuwait at the Africa & Arabia Property Awards on 11 October 2018, at The Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Hotel, in Dubai. As part of the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait’s vision for the country to become a cultural hub for MENA region and beyond, ASCC is a world-class museum district within Kuwait City and is a celebration of Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. Since its inauguration on 5 February 2018, the centre has embraced and showcased the rich diversity of the world’s finest cultural achievements. “This is a superb double-win for the Amiri Diwan and SSH,” said Sadoon Al Essa, Executive Partner of SSH about the award. “For ASCC to win this prestigious prize not only for Kuwait, but also for the whole Arabia region validates the far-reaching vision the Amiri Diwan had for this project and highlights SSH’s talented project team, who delivered such an inspiring, signature cultural development.” He added: “The close collaboration between the SSH team and the Amiri Diwan has culminated in this excellent result. We can all be very proud. These awards not only confirm that we both work beautifully together as a unified project team but also ensures and cements our continued partnership.” Visitors to the ASCC complex can enjoy six distinct experiences, each housed within their own buildings, which are a Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Museum of Islamic History, and Space Museum, as well as a Fine Arts Centre and Theatre. Each building contains an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits and artworks. 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.   Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre wins at Africa & Arabia Property AwardsSheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre wins at Africa & Arabia Property Awards   The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) has been named winner of the Public Services Architecture award for Kuwait at the Africa & Arabia Property Awards 2018-2019. The award for ASCC will be presented at the official ceremony on 11 October 2018, at The Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Hotel, in Dubai. At the event, it will be announced whether the project is a regional category winner and nominated to compete with other regional category winners for the global International Property Awards, which will be announced at a gala presentation dinner in December 2018 in London. As part of the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait’s vision for the country to become a cultural hub for MENA region and beyond, ASCC is a new world-class museum district within Kuwait City and is a celebration of Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. Since its inauguration on 5 February 2018, the centre has embraced and showcased the rich diversity of the world’s finest cultural achievements, with the scale, shapes and shades of the buildings designed to convey a sense of wonder and awe worthy of such accomplishments. The complex is tied together by its central ‘street’; a covered thoroughfare forming ASCC’s spine that evokes walking down a traditional, busy Kuwaiti street. Meandering through the district beneath the spine’s technologically advanced canopy is a journey of surprises, revealing exciting spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, while offering stunning views deep into each museum building. Visitors can enjoy six distinct experiences, each housed within their own buildings at the complex, which are a Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Museum of Islamic History, and Space Museum, as well as a Fine Arts Centre and Theatre. Each building contains an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits and artworks. 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. Read more about the awards here.Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Features in Landscape Middle East magazineSheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Features in Landscape Middle East magazine We are excited to announce that the SSH-designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) in Kuwait has featured on the cover of Landscape Middle East’s February issue. Covering all aspects of the complex’s design, the feature delves into the vision of the client, the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait, the concept behind the design, and key design elements that make the centre a landmark project in the MENA region.   Read the full article by visiting Landscape Middle East’s website here.Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre OpeningSheikh 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 wins at CID AwardsSheikh 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 AwardsSheikh 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 Index Architecture & Design AwardSheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins Index Architecture & Design Award Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) has been named the Best Cultural Design Project at the prestigious Index Architecture & Design Awards 2018 (IADAs), held on 27 March at Dubai World Trade Centre, as part of the annual Index Exhibition. Index is internationally respected as the largest design-oriented tradeshow in the Middle East. First launched in 1991, the four-day event welcomes more than 25,000 delegates from the design and architecture industry from more than 100 countries every year, with the IADAs celebrating exceptional creativity, innovation and passion in design. SSH was appointed by design and build contractor, Al Hani Construction & Trading Company, as lead architecture and engineering designer on the four-building complex. Since its grand opening in November 2016, the centre has won several architectural and design awards, now adding its IADA win to its roster. JACC plays host to various performing arts and cultural events, as well as local and international acts. Together, with the recently opened Sheikh Abdullah Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (ASCC), also designed by SSH, JACC forms part of Kuwait City’s new national cultural district. The key buildings of the complex are a Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents, all set within a national park for Kuwait. Designed to resemble jewels, JACC acts as the centrepiece of the country’s cultural quarter.   “On behalf of the Amiri Diwan and SSH, we are very proud that the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre has been honoured with this award,” said George Abi-Hanna, Managing Director of SSH Kuwait. “This reaffirms the strength of the Amiri Diwan’s vision for this complex and the quality of SSH’s design and its architectural and engineering team. A fantastic result.”Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins two Africa & Arabia Property AwardsSheikh 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.  SSH announces extended Saudi presence at AHIC KSASSH announces extended Saudi presence at AHIC KSA SSH exhibited at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference Saudi Arabia (AHIC KSA), held on 26 February 2018, at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel, and is proud to announce its extended presence within the kingdom with new offices in the Saudi Arabian capital. With the aim of becoming the leading architectural and engineering consultancy across the MENA region, SSH has been committed to the Saudi market since it initially opened a satellite office in late 2016. A year on, and SSH has become a trusted partner to a growing number of clients within the kingdom and has just expanded into bigger offices.  SSH has extensive experience within the hospitality sector, with its team of experts demonstrating the company’s master planning, building design, infrastructure and construction supervision credentials to hotel operators and developers attending the event from across the kingdom and beyond.  “We are very excited to have exhibited at AHIC KSA for the first time,” said Danny Warde, Regional Director – KSA at SSH. “Saudi Arabia is a vibrant, growing market where SSH has already made many new collaborations and partnerships with prestigious companies in the kingdom. With our recent expansion into this market, we presented our expertise in delivering hospitality projects and aim to forge new ties with hotel developers and operators.”    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 PetroleumSSH 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 magazineSSH 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 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 DevelopmentSSH 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 boosts its World Architecture 100 ranking for 2019SSH boosts its World Architecture 100 ranking for 2019   SSH has achieved a new rank in the World Architecture 100 (WA100) 2019 list, climbing to rank 69 this year, from 72 in 2018. WA100 is Building Design’s (bdonline’s) survey of the world’s largest architecture and engineering consultancies by number of fee-earning architects, which contributes to its yearly report, regarded as one of the most respected annual publications in the industry. The elevated position in the list points to top-level architects across the MENA region choosing SSH as a desirable employer. “We’re very pleased with this year’s result,” said Matt Squires, CEO of SSH. “Our full-service offering of innovative building designs through to construction supervision validates and supports our vision to be the architectural and engineering consultant, strategic partner and employer of choice in the MENA region.” You can review the full list here.  SSH Calls for More Collaboration with Universities at Façades ConferenceSSH Calls for More Collaboration with Universities at Façades Conference Colm Dunphy, Principal Architect at SSH, took part in a panel discussion at the Kuwait edition of the world’s leading conference on façade design and engineering, Zak World of Façades, on 30 October at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait City. At the conference, Colm said architecture practices should work more closely with universities. Zak World of Façades is an international touring conference that focuses on façade design and engineering. The Kuwait edition, the 51st in the global series, discussed the latest innovations and challenges in building envelope design and showcased the latest technological solutions. Colm brought his expertise to the panel discussion ‘Innovations in Façade Construction for Modern Architecture’, which centred on the digital influences on façade construction, and state-of-the-art trends in Middle East façade design. The panellists also talked about safety, sustainability and materials used in contemporary façade design. Among these topics, Colm stressed on how practices and consultancies should collaborate with universities to introduce sustainable building design to students. While university tutors can teach students the philosophy of design, he said architecture practices can “bring reality” to how projects are constructed. “We as architects have the experience, so we should take steps to introduce ourselves to universities and collaborate with universities and tutors to establish an education programme,” Colm told the conference. “Not so much to teach students the details of energy efficiency, environmental architecture etc., but to sow that seed, then students can find out further information for themselves.” SSH Celebrate the opening of Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural CentreSSH 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-EVlRaxaNISSH Design for the Kuwait Children's Hospital revealedSSH 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 Designs Prestigious Mixed-use Hospitality Project in MoroccoSSH Designs Prestigious Mixed-use Hospitality Project in Morocco SSH was appointed Lead Design Consultant of a new mixed-use development covering an area of 750,000 sqm in Marrakech, Morocco. The new project features both five-star hospitality and unparalleled luxury residential properties, including golf-branded villas and apartments. Residents and visitors alike can experience this exclusive enclave surrounded by captivating mountain views.   The first phase of the project, which consists of a high-end 18-hole golf course set against the backdrop of a landmark mountain range, has been completed. The second phase comprises hospitality, residential, retail and landscape components, all creating a vibrant destination.   The hospitality component will include a luxurious St. Regis Resort Hotel, offering 60 guest rooms, 20 villas, a ballroom, conference centre, restaurants and other leisure facilities, as well as separate branded villas. The residential component will comprise standard as well as twin villas, whereas the retail element will include variously-sized apartment units, shops and a sports academy.    “We are very excited to have been appointed as the Lead Design Consultant on this prestigious project,” said Danny Warde, Marketing Director at SSH. “Our appointment to this development is not only a testament of our building design pedigree within the hospitality sector, but also confirms our commitment to Morocco’s architecture and engineering market.” Concept design was done in collaboration with Woods Bagot. SSH features in CID magazineSSH 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 Grades the Next Generation of ArchitectsSSH Grades the Next Generation of Architects SSH was invited by the Canadian University of Dubai (CUD) to be an external examiner for the final-year projects of its architecture degree students. Arif Mehmood, SSH’s Knowledge & Process Architect (pictured), was asked to be one of the judging panel who critiqued and marked student submissions for their final-year project coursework examinations. “I much enjoyed reviewing all the projects,” Arif said. “The students’ unique solutions within the programme and the culturally diverse response was amazing to see. Experience for an architect is perhaps the most important factor that determines their solutions. The general presentation of the projects in most cases was outstanding and I very much enjoyed seeing the students’ confidence in their work.” He added: “SSH is a great supporter of youth education and I’d like to thank the Canadian University of Dubai for creating this opportunity to meet and share the endeavours of the future generation of architects.”  SSH highlights youth development on International Youth Day SSH highlights youth development on International Youth Day   Young talent is crucial to the architecture and engineering sector, and nurturing youth development is key to attracting interns and graduates to the industry, SSH experts said on International Youth Day (IYD) today (12 August). An annual United Nations initiative, IYD draws attention to youth issues worldwide, from education to poverty and everything in between, and gives governments, companies, institutions or individuals the chance to highlight their support for young people in a variety of ways. The theme of this year’s IYD is Safe Spaces for Youth, which can mean, for example, safe from conflict, safe public spaces, or safe online interaction. SSH is always keen to help mentor and guide young talent across all its territories, and means the company is a safe place for youth to learn and to prosper.  “At SSH, we engage in work experience placements for school-age youth, full internships for university students looking to gain a foothold in the architecture and engineering sector, as well as provide training to graduate employees experiencing a real-world workplace for the first time,” said Bruce Ball, Chief HR Officer at SSH. “We help to give young people the tools, skills and confidence to become valuable assets and to feel valued themselves.” Nurturing young talent is a vital step in attracting future architects and engineers into the industry, believes Sadoon Al Essa, Executive Partner of SSH. “Young people bring energy and an open-minded approach, along with their creative instincts in the built environment,” he said. “We need to provide them with the right mentoring, exposure to the team environment and hands-on training, which would not only be a benefit to us at SSH, they can go on to create successful projects that will benefit the urban landscape, the environment or even the broader society.” If you are a student or graduate and would like to register your interest in gaining some industry experience as part of the SSH Family, please email us at talent@sshic.com. Please state either ‘Internship’ or ‘Graduate’ in the subject field, along with your discipline of interest and SSH office location of interest.SSH judge congratulates Design Middle East award-winnersSSH judge congratulates Design Middle East award-winners   David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH, applauded the winners of the inaugural Design Middle East Awards 2018 on 10 October as part of the judging panel. The event was held at Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Dubai. The Design Middle East Awards celebrated individual excellence, company strengths and project success, with the ceremony honouring leading companies, individuals and projects from across the region’s creative design industry. David’s impartial consideration, along with those of his co-judges, helped to make the awards ceremony a success for all who attended. “The Design Middle East Awards have turned out a high standard of entrants and it was my pleasure to have taken part in the judging process,” David said of the event. “The quality of submissions was tremendous. Congratulations to all the winners and well done to everyone who took part. What a great start to what I’m sure will become a regular fixture on the regional awards circuit.”  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 Lead Consultant for Winter Camp Al Wadi in AlUlaSSH Lead Consultant for Winter Camp Al Wadi in AlUla SSH was appointed as Lead Consultant by the Royal Commission of Al Ula on an ultra-fast-track, four-month design-and-build programme for the new Winter Camp Al Wadi development in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia. The camp acted as a venue for the Winter at Tantora festival, which ran from 20 December 2018 to 9 February 2019.   SSH provided full master planning, infrastructure and site-based design services while working in close collaboration with MACE and the Royal Commission to successfully complete the project’s first phase within the set time frame.   The first phase of the Winter Camp development comprises a luxury tented resort and festival area set within a 14sq km site, nestled among the spectacular rock formations and semi-arid desert setting of Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula region. The resort has been designed to sympathetically work with the area’s outstanding topography to achieve the client’s vision within the construction timeframe.  The site features 14 km of new access road and infrastructure to access the main resort, which has been built across a natural valleyed Wadi in the mountains of Al Ula. The resort itself contains a 500-seat mirrored concert venue, complemented by five VVIP villas, 30 winter tent buildings, restaurants and a spa, along with a 500-person staff camp.   “SSH has delivered landmark hospitality projects through our integrated design approach,” said Danny Warde, Resident Director – Saudi Arabia, at SSH. “We are, therefore, committed to ensuring the Al Ula Winter Camp brings even more uniqueness to the exceptional location set out for it.”  SSH Leads WA100’s Middle East Top 10 for Second Year SSH Leads WA100’s Middle East Top 10 for Second Year SSH has been ranked the number one Middle East practice for the second year in a row in World Architecture 100’s (WA100) 2019 list.   WA100 is Building Design’s (bdonline’s) survey of the world’s largest architecture and engineering consultancies by number of fee-earning architects. Results from this survey contribute to the WA100 report, which is regarded as one of the most respected annual publications in the industry.   Following news of its elevated position in the WA100 2019 list to rank 69 from 72nd position in 2018, an expansion of activities, as well as winning new and repeat business across the MENA region, has meant SSH retains its crown as the Middle East’s leading practice, according to the WA100 survey.  SSH also places in the Top 10 Market Sector lists for both Culture and Heritage, coming in at rank nine for each, ranked higher in fifth position for the Infrastructure market sector, and has placed seventh under the Top 10 Construction Management Specialism list.   “For the WA100 to rank SSH as the leading architecture and engineering consultancy in the Middle East for a second year is a great achievement,”said Matt Squires, CEO of SSH. “This not only confirms our value as a trusted partner, but also to the calibre of people that make up the SSH Family in all our key markets.” He added: “Our experienced and talented teams working intimately and collaboratively with our clients results in innovative solutions that recognise our architectural pedigree.” Review the WA100 list here.  SSH Leaps 10 Places in ENR’s Annual Ranking of International Design FirmsSSH Leaps 10 Places in ENR’s Annual Ranking of International Design Firms SSH has jumped 10 places in this year’s ENR Magazine’s Top 225 International Design Firms ranking. For the 2019 listing, SSH now comes in at rank 81 among the leading international design-oriented companies within the construction industry. This is an impressive shift from 2018, where SSH was ranked at 91. ENR’s annual ‘Top 225’ ranks companies according to revenue for design-related services performed during 2018 on projects outside their home countries. This provides a measure of their presence in international commerce. Mirroring the general sentiment of a sluggish market from the 2018 ranking, ENR’s editorial analysis of the industry for 2019 states that there is “growing concern that geopolitical tensions and increasing economic nationalisation are making clients nervous, leading to sagging confidence that conditions will continue to thrive”. There is also a perception among clients that this year is a “buyer’s market”, with onerous contracts causing difficulties for major design firms. Matt Squires, CEO of SSH, was quoted in ENR’s market analysis as saying that such contracts have “resulted in the landscape becoming far more competitive to the point where risk is high” in the Middle East, with many firms choosing to reduce their footprint in the GCC as a result. These and other factors have led to an uncertain market overall. However, despite such signs of insecurity, large international design firms are generally enjoying a steady position, if not seeing outright signs of a slow recovery. SSH’s large climb in rank certainly reflects its increase in revenue-generating project work in such a climate and is proof of the company’s firm footing as a leading architectural and engineering consultancy across the MENA region. Access ENR’s full market analysis here, and the full ENR 2019 Top 225 International Design Firm ranking here.  SSH Makes an Impact at ENCON2 ExhibitionSSH Makes an Impact at ENCON2 Exhibition SSH took part in the Nouf EXPO Second Consulting Services for the Development Plan Forum (ENCON2) on 30 April-2 May 2019 in Kuwait, under the patronage of Abdul Aziz Dakheel Al Dakheel, Chief of Bureau of Financial Controllers of the State of Kuwait. At the opening ceremony, delegates were treated to a brief speech by SSH Chairman Omran Hayat about the role of the consultant and its importance in Kuwait. Also present at the ceremony were Sadoon Al Essa, SSH’s Executive Partner, and Khalil Alonaizi, Resident Director – Kuwait, among fellow SSH staff who visited the company’s stand to show support and congratulate our delegate team on its efforts. SSH presented a new-look stand at this year’s event, which displayed a mix of award-winning projects along with the unique model of the upcoming Kuwait Children’s Hospital. The stand also featured an interactive HoloLens demonstration, which showcased some of our projects. This cutting-edge display attracted the attention of many delegates eager to experience the latest augmented reality technology as a new way to view architectural plans.  SSH Oman offers conference delegates Basic Revit trainingSSH Oman offers conference delegates Basic Revit training   Saleh Al Maawali, Graduate Architect at SSH Oman, held a training workshop on the basics of building information modelling (BIM) software Autodesk Revit at the recent Building Construction Symposium event, at the Crown Plaza Salalah, in Oman. Saleh hosted a presentation on the journey from traditional computer-aided design (CAD) processes to present-day BIM authoring. This was followed by the workshop covering the basic operation of Revit and how to use the advance application to develop construction models.  SSH presents JACC as leading edge of cultural building innovation at KISR ConcourseSSH 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 Regional Case for Affordable HousingSSH Presents Regional Case for Affordable Housing   AbdelMonem Refaat, Principal Architect at SSH, presented to delegates attending The Big 5 Talks series of events as part of the Dubai edition of The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show, being held on 26-29 November 2018. The Big 5 is a touring conference and exhibition that gathers global construction expertise into one place for four days of product research, discovery and business. The event enables industry professionals to network and meet experts with detailed knowledge of all aspects of the construction sector. The Big 5 Talks series covers design, building information modelling (BIM), project management and architecture. AbdelMonem’s talk entitled ‘Architectural Dimension on the Rising Demand for Modest, Sustainable Housing’, presented the case for affordable housing in the GCC and how the architecture and engineering community could meet the incrementally growing demand for more modest homes across the region With more than 16 years of international experience, AbdelMonem specialises in creating commercial, hospitality and residential projects, and master planned developments. As Principal Architect at SSH, he has taken the lead on landmark projects for some of the region’s top-tier developers, which enables him to share his extensive knowledge to delegates at the event. “It was a fantastic experience to be able to speak at The Big 5,” said AbdelMonem of the event. “Key stakeholders need to consider a more sustainable model for housing in the region. This event is a great platform to put forward SSH’s view on this issue.” The Big 5 2018 is open daily from 11:00am to 7:00pm and runs until 29 November 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.  SSH Ranks Seventh in Top 20 MEP Consultancies in RegionSSH Ranks Seventh in Top 20 MEP Consultancies in Region MEP Middle East magazine’s Top 20 MEP Consultants 2019 list has ranked SSH within its top 10 companies.  The annual listing surveys firms that offer mechanical, electrical and plumbing services across the region based on a range of parameters to rank consultancy companies in a top 20 ‘power list’ for the Middle East. Ranking at seventh place, SSH’s MEP services has been engaged in landmark projects within the GCC and wider MENA region, from cultural, educational and healthcare developments, to mixed-use, residential and hospitality schemes. “We have an amazing team of top-level MEP specialists at SSH,” said Hamish Raeburn, the company’s Discipline Lead – MEP. “As we push to further extend our market reach across the MENA region though our work on upcoming projects, our capabilities within the MEP sector will become more and more in demand. This ranking validates the great work we’ve done so far, and acts as a spark for us to continue providing the best in MEP service delivery for our clients and stakeholders.” Read the full list on MEP Middle East’s website here.   SSH Reaches Major Milestone with Emaar’s Creek Horizon Towers, Dubai SSH Reaches Major Milestone with Emaar’s Creek Horizon Towers, Dubai Thursday, 27 June 2019, marks a milestone in the delivery of a brand-new development that is set to become one of Dubai Creek Harbour’s destinations of choice. With its two towers standing respectively 40 and 37 storeys tall, SSH is delighted to announce the official structural completion of Emaar’s Creek Horizon project.   During the official topping out ceremony, which took place on the 40th (rooftop) level of Tower 1, all stakeholders involved took turns to add a final touch to the structural completion of the project by each adding a scoop of fresh concrete to the last structural element. Following this traditional and symbolic ritual, SSH (as Lead Consultant for the project) and Emaar were presented gold plated trowels by contractor Al Futtaim Construction (AFC) as a token of appreciation, signifying successful collaboration between all parties involved and commemoration of the event.  Creek Horizon forms part of Dubai Creek Harbour, a new master plan development from Emaar in joint venture with Dubai Holding, which is focused on building urban island residences onto the contours of the creek. The architectural forms create a destination within the new district and responds to the views of the Dubai skyline, waterfront, central park and creek beyond.  “Creek Horizon is a project very close to our heart, being the first completed structure that was both designed and supervised by SSH, with Emaar Properties as a client,” said Nikolina Nedialkova, Chief Resident Engineer – UAE, at SSH. “Although we have reached this milestone, the Project team realises that there is still a lot of work ahead; and we are fully committed toward completing the project safely, thereby delivering to our client’s expectations with pride and honour.”SSH Returned to RAK for AHIC 2019SSH Returned to RAK for AHIC 2019   The SSH team, led by CEO Matt Squires, and the SSH Mini Studio returned to the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), held at the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah. Running from 9-11 April 2019, delegates focused on insights shared by world-class speakers, improved existing relationships and discovered new business opportunities. This year’s AHIC promised to be bigger and better that 2018’s event, and for SSH it certainly delivered. SSH’s Mini Studio with its unique ‘glass wall’ allowed our architects to sketch live designs, while demonstrating how sketches can be made tangible by transforming them using 3D printing technology. This tools greatly enhances architects’ ability to quickly produce scale representations of projects and enables practical experimentation with design ideas. The hi-tech demonstration created a buzz around our exhibition stand, allowing delegates to experience part of SSH’s design process first hand. Our Studio also received a royal seal of approval, as both Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and Oman’s Sheikh Salem Al Ghazali, Chairman of the Golden Group of Companies, stopped by to visit, speaking with Danny Warde, SSH’s Chief Marketing Officer. Away from the Studio, onto the  main stage, Director of Architecture, David Daniels, presented as part of Day One’s AHIC Day of Disruption. He encouraged thinking out of the box in terms of hospitality design and development in his talk, Designing the Future Hotel – Every Hotel Can and Should be a Design Hotel. David also served double-duty, as he moderated a separate panel discussion on Day Two, which examined sustainable architectural methods and materials, and discussed the long-term costs of projects from an investor viewpoint. You can visit AHIC’s website for more post-conference content.   SSH Sessions Talks a Success at Dubai Design WeekSSH Sessions Talks a Success at Dubai Design Week   SSH’s free series of architectural talks, which were part of the annual Dubai Design Week, this year held on 12-17 November, proved to be very popular with the public and were successful across the board. The series, called SSH Sessions, ran from 12-14 November and gave members of the public, from students to architecture professionals, the chance to here SSH experts present talks on a range of subjects. Our first talk, ‘Women in Architecture’, discussed the promotion of women within the engineering sector. ‘From Sketch to Digital to Reality’, exposed the stages of design, and delved into the processes that produce signature building designs. The final talk, Small to Tall – What Next? offered a peak into the future of building tall and how the architecture and engineering industry should continue to innovate and adapt to the challenges of reaching for the sky. “SSH Sessions was very well received. It was a pleasure for everyone in the SSH Sessions team to engage with the public and feed their interest in architecture, engineering and building design,” said David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH. “Taking part in events such as Dubai Design Week meant we had an excellent platform to bring architecture to a wider audience.”SSH Showcase at the Design Pavilion by d3 @ GIESSSH 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 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 supports AIAS Design Expo in Kuwait SSH supports AIAS Design Expo in Kuwait The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) invited SSH to take part in its annual Tefaseel Design Expo held in Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait. This year’s theme was about Transparency, which each student or group of students interpreted in the form of Architecture or Art. SSH showed its support by hosting the event’s opening and closing ceremonies. It was at the closing ceremony that Principal Architect Colm Dunphy and Resident Director – Kuwait Khalil Alonaizi each gave speeches and announced the two-best works at the expo and revealed a special prize. Colm’s team named the winning two designs as being the best interpretations of event’s theme of Transparency and awarded each the student designer a three-month Internship at SSH. During his speech, Khalil Alonaizi emphasised the importance of helping and investing in youth by offering them such opportunities, which will help grow their future careers. SSH Supports Young Girls for South Africa’s National Women’s DaySSH Supports Young Girls for South Africa’s National Women’s Day   As author John Holmes once said: “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” This epitomises the actions of our SSH Cape Town office, as it decided to give back to the immediate community in celebration of this year’s National Women’s Day in South Africa on 9 August. Ons Plek, located in the suburb of Mowbray, Cape Town, is currently the only housing child and youth care centre in the city that specialises in developmental and therapeutic intake services for girls who have lived, worked or begged on the streets. This worthy organisation was chosen as the focus of SSH’s charity drive. On 8 August, a generous donation of much-needed items collected over the previous week in the Cape Town office was presented to the residents of Ons Plek. Nicky Joshua and Andiswa Majwede (Head Assistant and Children Caregiver, respectively) welcomed the SSH team with open arms as they delivered toiletries, sanitary ware and various dried goods in abundance. Physical abuse, neglect, or being sent away by families who cannot support them are just some of the reasons girls become homeless. Each year, almost 150 girls between the ages of six and 18 years are forced to fend for themselves on the streets of Cape Town. Due to the deterioration of socioeconomic conditions in South Africa, this number increases yearly. Statistically, female street children are the poorest of the poor and as a minority group (12 per cent of street children are girls) are seldom catered for by projects set up to help them. The programme at Ons Plek is designed to empower the girls to cope with life. While adjusting to a structured environment, a social worker and child care staff members investigate the girls’ home circumstances. For 70 per cent of them, there is a supervised return to their families, who are assisted in resolving their difficulties. Of those remaining, 75 per cent return to school. “Since our doors opened in 1989, we have helped more than 2,000 girls. From a yearly average of 100 girls on the streets, it is now generally under seven girls,” says Nicky Joshua, Head Assistant at the centre. “Most girls attend school, with support from the homework tutor. Creative educational workshops also help girls build important learning skills.” Ons Plek aims to empower all the girls by instilling a sense of responsibility for themselves. Each girl must participate in household duties, including cooking and grocery shopping. Household decisions and rules are made by girls and staff members together. Thank you to every member of the SSH Family who added to the successful outcome of this charity drive. Ons Plek, Mowbray, currently houses 16 young girls. Other branches are in Woodstock, Cape Town, and the small town of Philippi, in the Cape region. Visit Ons Plek 's website at www.onsplek.org.za to find out more about how this cause helps young women. If you would also like to help, the website has a donations section, so you too can make a difference.SSH to Deliver New Mixed-use Development in OmanSSH to Deliver New Mixed-use Development in Oman The Omani Civil Service Employees Pension Fund appointed SSH to deliver Design and Construction Supervision services for a new mixed-use project in the Ghala Heights area of Muscat. Conveniently located 5 km from Muscat International Airport, this new development will offer guests a four-star deluxe hotel with 282 guest rooms and 58 serviced apartments. Three luxury residential apartment blocks accommodate a total of 144 apartments that are located over a four-storey podium, with three floors of office space and a high-ground floor retail zone. Basement parking reaching over three levels provide for 1,200 car parking spaces as well as operational management facilities, including security, maintenance, refuse and delivery. “Through industry experience and quality service delivery, SSH will strive to make the Ghala Heights development an iconic destination of choice for both Omani nationals and expatriate communities, adding yet another landmark to Muscat’s city skyline” said Omar Nuri, General Manager – Oman, at SSH. Once complete, the development will cover 146,000 sqm of built-up area within a site of 21,480 sqm. Enabling works commenced in January 2019, followed by the Main Works on 24th June 2019 which includes 1-month mobilization.         SSH to Exhibit at SHIC 2019SSH to Exhibit at SHIC 2019 SSH is proud to announce it will be exhibiting at the second Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference (SHIC), being held on 22-23 January 2019 in Riyadh at the Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter. SHIC 2019 is a two-day event where investors, developers, hotel brands, government officials, and advisors come together to witness keynotes, panel debates and masterclass sessions to gain valuable insights into the ever-changing landscape of the Saudi hospitality sector. Since the inaugural event last year, SSH’s team of experts have been making progressive steps into the Saudi market and are looking forward to showcasing their extensive hospitality experience to this year’s attendees. Stop by our stand in the exhibition area and say hello.SSH to lead infrastructure and master plan Marsa Al Seef mixed-use projectSSH 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 to Revamp Oman’s Oldest Port into World-Class Waterfront DestinationSSH to Revamp Oman’s Oldest Port into World-Class Waterfront Destination DAMAC International and SSH are bringing new life into Oman’s existing Sultan Qaboos sea terminal, regenerating it into one of the largest coastal tourist and lifestyle havens in the MENA region. DAMAC was chosen by the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) to develop Port Sultan Qaboos into a world-class, mixed-use waterfront destination and to establish the port as an integral new tourism hub for Oman. The Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Regeneration Project development will include two main zones, namely tourist port regeneration areas, as well as other project sites, such as Shotayfi Village, Al Rabia hilltop parcels and Hay Al Mina. SSH was subsequently awarded the scope of detailing the master plan and completing the infrastructure of the new waterfront destination. In addition, SSH is carrying out design consultancy services for the buildings and components of Zone 1 – Bab Al Mina. The Bab Al Mina zone covers a built-up area of approximately 150,000 sqm and includes a four-star hotel, residential blocks comprising 430 units and several retail and entertainment offerings. "SSH is very happy to be working collaboratively with respected companies such as Omran and DAMAC on a project of this calibre," said Omar Nuri, General Manager – Oman, at SSH. "We look forward to delivering an outstanding development that will have a positive social as well as economic impact on Oman. The ultimate vision is that the regeneration of the Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront area will contribute to the sultanate becoming a leading tourism destination in the MENA region." Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront is based in the 200-year-old historical centre of commerce in Muscat, which is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Oman.SSH wins CanalView construction supervision services contractSSH 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-designed Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre turns a year oldSSH-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 Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord Centre InauguratedSSH-designed Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord Centre Inaugurated The Late Salwa Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord Centre, designed by SSH, was inaugurated on 18 June 2019 in Kuwait, under the patronage of Kuwait’s Minister of Health Sheikh Dr Basel Humoud Al Sabah. The 12,000 sqm centre includes an outpatient unit for healthy adult stem cell collection, a fully self-sufficient cryolab, which stores adult and cord blood stem cells, as well as stem cell research facilities. The operational organisation of the building was planned jointly by SSH’s medical planning team and specialist advisers, resulting in the development of a unique building that caters to the clients’ specific functional needs. The location of departments within the facility is governed by convenient access points and an efficient circulation system that minimises the travel distances of staff, donors, patients, visitors and blood samples. “This state-of-the-art facility is set to increase capacity for stem cell services, improve turnaround times for processing, as well as offer the potential for research-related activities all while ensuring that any cell products are produced in accordance with the strictest international accreditation standards,” said Khalil Alonaizi, Resident Director – Kuwait, at SSH. “SSH is grateful for the client’s trust and confidence in our ability to deliver a project of this stature and we look forward to maintaining a strong business relationship with them in the future.” Apart from delivering supervision consultancy services, SSH oversaw the output of all architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, plumbing, quantity surveying, medical planning and medical equipment spatial planning, as well as interior design documentation for the project.SSH’s ASCC Appears in ME Architect and DesignMENA.comSSH’s ASCC Appears in ME Architect and DesignMENA.com   Simon Dennison, Design Director at SSH, talks about the inspiration and influences behind the company’s recently opened Kuwaiti culture and heritage project, the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) in the April edition of Middle East Architect magazine. The article also appears on the DesignMENA website. Simon explained the core inspiration for the complex is the central ‘street’ that forms ASCC’s main focal point. “Islamic geometric patterns have been merged with a contemporary aesthetic to produce a design that evokes the traditional with the futuristic,” Simon said. “The concept of the central street also imparts a sense of cultural heritage, but the complex’s design reimagines and presents that heritage using 21st century materials.” He added: “Traditional architecture diverts the breeze and creates shade to cool the spaces below, while modern technology enabled the creation of the cultural centre’s canopy to do the same.” Read the full online article here.  SSH’s Boris Fabinski discusses Biophilia at The Design Forum 2018SSH’s Boris Fabinski discusses Biophilia at The Design Forum 2018   Boris Fabinski, Principal Landscape Architect at SSH, brought his considerable expertise to a panel discussion on biophilic design at Design Middle East’s inaugural The Design Forum 2018 event on 15 March at W Hotel, Al Habtoor City, in Dubai. The debut event aimed to provide networking opportunities for designers and suppliers, while showcasing presentations from industry leaders and presenting exciting sector-relevant panel discussions. Main themes covered the influence of 3D printing on the design industry, how educational institutions focus enhancing the environment, and Biophilic design. Biophilia, also known as biotecture, is a building design philosophy of integrating nature, from natural light and vegetation, to materials and natural views, into modern buildings with the aim of creating a pleasant habitat for the people within. Boris and his co-panellists in the first session of the event, Biophilia in Design, spoke about how biophilia challenges conventional architectural and engineering practices by promoting the beneficial experience of nature in the built environment. “Biotecture and well-planned landscape design has been proved to improve people’s health and sense of wellbeing, from office buildings to healthcare facilities,” said Boris about his participation in the session. “People have an intrinsic connection to nature, and there is an increasing demand to integrate it more and more into our urban environments using vegetation, natural materials, and integrating natural elements, such as sunlight and water.”  SSH’s David Daniels discusses value engineering on AHIC panelSSH’s David Daniels discusses value engineering on AHIC panel David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH, discussed how hotel owners and developers must be mindful of building value and return on investment into new hospitality projects in a panel session on Day Three of the UAE edition of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC). AHIC UAE, which ran from 17-19 April 2018 and was held for the first time in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, took place in a beachfront ‘AHIC Village’ at the Waldorf Astoria. Attendees from across the region and beyond, gathered to gain expert insight from speakers, and discovered opportunities within the hospitality and hotel development sector. David and co-panellists, in the session entitled Focus on Value Engineering, spoke on how the hospitality sector in the GCC has matured, leading to owners and developers having to change their hotel models to adapt, with better returns on investment playing a much bigger role in the construction of new projects. “Adding value is crucial to modern hotel development,” said David of the panel discussion. “To have a forum such as AHIC to exchange ideas and opinions on how owners, developers and consultants such as SSH can work towards building added value into the design and engineering phases of future projects is superb.”SSH’s David Daniels Speaks Ahead of Cityscape Global AppearanceSSH’s David Daniels Speaks Ahead of Cityscape Global Appearance     David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH, gives a taste of what you can expect from his appearance as a panellist at the Cityscape Global Conference on 1 October 2018, at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City. The conference takes place ahead of the Cityscape Global Exhibition, which will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre on 2-4 October 2018. Cityscape came to SSH Dubai’s offices to ask David his opinion on trending architectural topics in person. Watch the video to find out what David had to say… https://vimeo.com/289460927    SSH’s David Daniels to make panel appearance at AHIC UAE. SSH’s David Daniels to make panel appearance at AHIC UAE. David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH, will take part in a panel discussion focusing on building value into the development of hospitality projects across the region at the upcoming UAE edition of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), running from 17-19 April 2018. AHIC UAE, which will be held for the first time in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, promises to be unlike all previous editions of the event, as it will take place in a beachfront “AHIC Village” at the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah. Attendees can, however, still expect the best in world-class speakers, focus and discuss their insights with industry colleagues and experts, as well as discover opportunities to drive business relations forward within the hospitality and hotel development sector. In the session entitled Focus on Value Engineering, David and his co-panellists will discuss how the hotel model in the GCC has changed forever and, as a maturing market, how that means owners and investors in the region must adapt and develop projects with value and return on investment in mind. See David give his expert opinion on Day Three of AHIC from 12:30pm on 19 April 2018, and get the opportunity to catch up with him one-on-one throughout the event at Stand G18 at the AHIC Village.  SSH’s Kuwait Children’s Hospital article appears in Landscape ME magazineSSH’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 Matt Squires Climbs 11 Places in the 2019 Construction Week Power 100SSH’s Matt Squires Climbs 11 Places in the 2019 Construction Week Power 100 The results are in for the 2019 edition of Construction Week’s annual Power 100 list, and SSH is proud to see its CEO, Matt Squires, climb 11 places since his debut entry in the 2018 list. The Construction Week Power 100 ranks the Middle East’s 100 most influential leaders working in the construction sector today, and 2019 marks 10 years since the ranking was first established. Celebrating the individuals shaping the future of the region’s cities, the Power 100 endeavours “to identify promote and appreciate the region’s superlative construction leaders”, according to Construction Week’s Power 100 editorial commentary. Matt now ranks at 58 in the list for 2019, up from a debut rank of 69 in 2018. In the close to two years since his appointment as CEO of SSH, Matt has been focused on leveraging the platforms SSH possesses in each of its regional markets to improve growth and convert potential opportunities across the company’s overall footprint. “I’m very pleased with our new ranking in this year’s Power 100 list,” Matt said. “This result is not only proof of our agile and focused approach to navigating current market challenges, but also of our contribution to the architecture and engineering sector for our clients and the community in general in our chosen markets.”  SSH’s Sebaa Orabi speaks at Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan UniversitySSH’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.  Sunset Cluster Pushes Ahead at Emaar’s Creek Beach DistrictSunset Cluster Pushes Ahead at Emaar’s Creek Beach District   The second cluster of residential lifestyle homes at Emaar’s Creek Beach District, known as Sunset, is pushing ahead, with SSH acting as lead consultant on the development. Sunset follows the first residential cluster launched to market within Creek Beach District called Breeze. Sunset is a new collection of waterfront homes at Creek Beach 'Where the City Meets the Beach', and comprises limited-edition one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments nearest to the beach than any other building in the district. Residents will be able to own a state-of-the-art home in a pedestrian-friendly community with private gardens, waterfront views and resort-style amenities. SSH’s scope on this prestigious master plan is as lead consultant, architectural partner and structural engineer, and providing building services. The wider Creek Beach District will be an urban city set to provide a lifestyle experience unlike anywhere else in Dubai. Flanked by the Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary, this waterfront development with spectacular views towards the Dubai skyline, will act as an integral link between the Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower & Plaza, and Creek Island Dubai developments within the Dubai Creek Harbour master plan. The district will be built in two phases covering a total GFA of approximately 343,700 sqm.Tefaseel Exhibition Winners Start Their Prize Internship at SSHTefaseel Exhibition Winners Start Their Prize Internship at SSH Two students started their prize awards of a three-month internship at SSH following their success at the American Institute of Architecture Students’ (AIAS) annual Tefaseel Exhibition in April. Yasmeen Shehadah and Mariam Mohammad’s designs were selected by Colm Dunphy, Principal Architect at SSH, and his team, who judged their interpretation of this year’s theme Transparency to be the best of the exhibition. The two interns have eagerly dived into their first assignments, assisting the team with various project work being carried out at SSH. “Yasmeen and Mariam showed much of their potential at Tefaseel and clearly stood out as worthy winners of our prize internship programme,” said Colm of the two students. “We are more than happy to host them with our team at SSH, where we aim to help them gain valuable real-world experience to take forward in their careers.”  The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway Link Inauguration The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway Link Inauguration The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway Link was inaugurated on 1 May 2019 under the patronage of Kuwait’s Emir his Excellency Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and South Korea’s Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon. SSH is honoured to have been appointed local infrastructure and construction supervision consultant by lead consultant Dar Al Handasah on the full Causeway scheme. The causeway is one of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken in the GCC region and is built as a strategic highway by Kuwait’s Public Authority for Roads & Transportation (PART), which is also the project owner, to connect planned areas for development north of Kuwait City. The 48km Causeway Link is predominately a marine bridge that crosses the south of Kuwait Bay linking it to the future Kuwaiti financial hub, Silk City and comprises two distinct elements: The Main Causeway across Kuwait Bay links the Shuwaikh Port area on the south side of the bay to the Subiyah New Town area to the north. The total length of the Main Causeway is 36km, of which 27km is a marine bridge structure. The Main Causeway total length enables it to become one of the longest sea bridges in the world. The Doha Link crosses the south of Kuwait Bay linking Shuwaikh Port with the Doha motorway. The Doha Link is 13km long and predominantly comprises a marine bridge structure. Construction procurement for the project was on a design-and-build basis. Dar Al Handasah, supported by SSH as its local consultant, was appointed undertake a review of the contractor’s design and site supervision services. The consultancy agreement was signed by Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works (MPW) on 18 November 2013 with the duration of the services spanning 60-month construction and 12-month maintenance periods. Construction of the Doha Link portion of Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Causeway was completed in January 2019.  Veterans of SSH celebrate 50 years with the companyVeterans 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.

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Abbas Mayahi Abbas Mayahi Senior Resident Engineer   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 DillonAdam 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.   Ahmad Al AhmadAhmad Al Ahmad Senior Project Manager - Infrastructure   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 EssawiAhmed 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 YoungAlistair Young General Manager - Bahrain   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 BarwickAndrew Barwick Director - Bahrain and KSA     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 BurkeAngela Burke Director of Health Design Dr Angela Burke joined SSH in 2014 as a Senior Medical Planner with extensive experience at all design stages of medical planning and healthcare projects, specifically in the Middle East and the UK. Her project expertise ranged from large acute hospitals to small and medium-sized specialist hospital projects designed to British and FGI standards. Since joining SSH, her expertise has been broadened extensively by working on prestigious projects such as the world’s largest paediatric and maternity hospitals in Kuwait. 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. In addition to her diploma and degree from Trinity University and DIT, Dublin, Angela holds Master of Art (Architecture), Master of Research and PhD (Architecture) degrees from the University of East London, London. Antonio CanteroAntonio Cantero Senior Project Manager - Infrastructure 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. Bassam HamadyBassam Hamady Site Operations Director 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 MahmoudBassam Mahmoud Principal Engineer - Infrastructure     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 ZahreddineBassam 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). Ben Cogswell Ben Cogswell Senior Project Manager - Infrastructure   Ben joined SSH in December 2018 as a Senior Project Manager involved in managing and supervising SSH’s major infrastructure projects. Ben has 12 years of experience in the sector, which includes leading the design of major elements of infrastructure and roads projects from highways, surface water drainage and street lighting, to managing sewerage, potable water, irrigation networks, electrical design and telecoms. He has overseen all aspects of infrastructure networks from feasibility studies to construction supervision, with experience spanning work in the Middle East and the UK. Before joining SSH, Ben led the Highways team at AECOM Bahrain on high-profile projects such as Diyar Al Muharraq, Madinat Salman (formerly Al Madina Al Shamalia), and the North Manama Causeway and Busaiteen Link. In addition, he acted as the Stakeholder Liaison for Bahrain Roads Design Manual 2019, writing and agreeing key parts of the design manual with authorities. Prior to this, Ben worked at several leading UK firms on award winning projects such as London Gateway Port Access Road and Bridge (as Highway Lead) and Hitchin Flyover (as Lead Modeller), as well as various local authority projects and the South Hook LNG Terminal, among others. Ben has been a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) and the Engineering Council since 2010. He obtained a Master of Science Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Glamorgan and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from Swansea University. He sits on ICE Bahrain’s ICE Committee, the ICE Proceedings Committee and is an ICE Professional Reviewer. Boris FabinskiBoris 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 BullClinton Bull Principle Architect   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). Craig RiedellCraig Riedell General Manager – Dubai Craig joined SSH as the General Manager of the Dubai office in January 2018 to help facilitate the continuing growth of the business. He will provide ongoing support to the project delivery teams while assisting with developing the strategic direction of the business within the UAE. He brings to the business more than a decade of in-country experience in commercial and project management and a strong corporate governance focus from his previous Director roles. He has successfully grown engineering project management and multidisciplinary consultant businesses in the UAE buildings and infrastructure sectors, and is experienced in the delivery of complex high-profile projects, particularly embracing areas of emerging technology. Craig holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Australia, a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from RMIT University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Danny WardeDanny 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 DanielsDavid 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 HuttonDavid 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.    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 PagayFederico 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 ShalabiGasser 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-HannaGeorge Abi-Hanna Group Commercial Director 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 NoujaimGeorges 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.   Jamal AbdullaJamal Abdulla Project Director - Infrastructure 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. John MakhloutaJohn Makhlouta Senior Resident Engineer   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 HillKeith 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 KhouryKhaled El Khoury Managing Director, Business Improvements 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. khaled.elkhoury@sshic.comKhaled InaimKhaled 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 AlonaiziKhalil Alonaizi Resident Director - 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 Kuwait and the region. As SSH’s Resident Director for Kuwait, Khalil leads on client engagement, design and project management, construction supervision as well as high-level business development through 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 high-profile projects he has been involved in within Kuwait and the MENA region include commercial, leisure, residential, industrial, hospitality and healthcare developments. Khalil holds a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Tennessee State University and is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers. Majed SabbaghMajed Sabbagh Senior Resident Engineer   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.   Matthew SquiresMatthew 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 ByronMichael 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 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 Abed LabounMohamad Abed Laboun Senior Project Manager - Infrastructure Mohamad joined SSH in 2019 as Senior Project Manager responsible for leading the delivery of Kuwait infrastructure projects, focusing on delivering the best service for clients with regard to technical content, quality, time, cost and safety. He manages, motivates and mentors the design team with the objectives of streamlining/improving processes and enhancing productivity while maintaining compliance with SSH’s policies. Mohamad is also responsible for supporting SSH’s Management on business development initiatives, landing potential market opportunities and expanding the business’ footprint. With more than 18 years of experience, Mohamad has proven himself to be a highly realising chartered senior professional who has successfully delivered significant civil infrastructure, environmental, as well as building design projects in Canada, the GCC, Syria and the UK, serving government, private, and oil and gas sectors. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Damascus University in Syria, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. mohamad.laboun@sshic.comMohamad ShiblyMohamad Shibly Sites Operations Manager - Kuwait 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 IqbalMohammad 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 SiddiqueNasir 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 ForbessNick Forbess Head of Project Management - Kuwait Nick joined SSH in December 2013 as Programme Director for the Amiri Diwan Projects and is now Head of Project Management. In his current role, Nick oversees the performance and compliance of Kuwait’s portfolio of projects and project managers with SSH’s integrated management system and project management procedures for bidding, project delivery and resource management.   Before joining SSH, Nick worked with Cambridge Seven Associates in Boston, USA for 17 years and NBBJ for seven 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 NuriOmar 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 RobertsPaul 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. Rio YandriRio 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. Sadoon Al EssaSadoon 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. Santosh A PonnanSantosh A Ponnan Senior Design Manager   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 MarwahSatinder Marwah 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 DewhurstSean Dewhurst Change, IMS & 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. sean.dewhurst@sshic.comSebaa OrabiSebaa Orabi Discipline Lead - 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 and residential, to educational, hospitality and retail. Sebaa is now heads the Interior Design Discipline at SSH leading all interior design work at the company.   Sebaa is a passionate designer with more than 15 years of experience in interior architecture, designing interior spaces and FF&E. Her design ability combined with technical, managerial and leadership skills allow her to deliver quality project work, on time, for major prestigious projects at SSH. These include the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC), the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) and Al Salam Palace. Sebaa obtained her undergraduate degree in interior architecture and finished with a Master’s Degree (Hons) in Architectural Management and Design. She was selected as the number one student in a rigorous programme that bridged design and management from I.E. University in Spain in collaboration with The Royal College of Art in London.   Shenbagavalli Subbiah 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 GeorgeSiby George 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 DennisonSimon 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. simon.dennison@sshic.comSteve HarrisonSteve 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 MalesTony Males PCMS 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. tony.males@sshic.comToral DesaiToral Desai Principal Infrastructure Engineer Toral joined SSH, Infrastructure Division in August 2014 as Senior Engineer and is now Principal Infrastructure Engineer leading the Wet Utility team both in Kuwait and Bahrain. She is responsible for supervising and guiding the design team for effective delivery of the projects while ensuring project specific design criteria and quality control procedures are achieved. Toral has more than 21 years of experience in public health engineering, environmental projects covering the areas of water, Industrial wastewater and its treatment, sewerage and its treatment and storm water. She has led and contributed to the delivery of a wide range of solutions to infrastructure challenges and gained an understanding for the need to provide a co-ordinated design approach on a variety of both large and small-scale domestic and international projects. She has experience within the India, UK, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and UAE markets. Toral has been in GCC since 2009 and has contributed to successful designing of infrastructure for Al Ula Winter Camp, Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Highway Upgrade, Bahrain, Al Shadadiya Industrial Area, Kuwait, Phase A4-A5 Sewage Treatment Plant, Kuwait, Sheikh Jabber Al – Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway Project, Kuwait, KOC Housing Project, Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre to name a few. Prior to moving to GCC, Toral worked for with Mott MacDonald for ten years in their various offices in India and United Kingdom. She has gained valuable experience in project planning and execution and hydraulic designing of wet utilities. Toral is a gold medallist graduate in Environmental Engineering from L D College of Engineering, India, 1995 followed by a master’s degree in Water and Wastewater Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1997. toral.desai@sshic.com

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About SSHAbout 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 DesignBuilding 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 CareersCareers CareersCareers CollectCollect Company ValuesCompany 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 SupervisionConstruction 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.Contact UsContact Us HomeHome InfrastructureInfrastructure 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. 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Pre-development Studies Zoning & Feasibility Studies Master Planning Urban Design NewsNews PeoplePeople ProfileProfile ProjectsProjects ServicesServices 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. 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