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360 Mall SSH was assigned to lead the refurbishment of four different components in Kuwait’s 360 Mall by Tamdeen, the real estate company. Cinemas SSH was appointed to carry out the design development, construction supervision and project management services for the fit-out of 360 Mall’s Cinema Multiplex by Kuwait National Cinema Complex. Taking the already established high-quality brand, with its unique design intended to enhance the experience, the new concept features dark spaces creatively illuminated to establish the scene and pre-empt the customer’s expectations and experience. The concept serves a number of public and private function cinemas, VIP cinemas and an IMAX cinema. The public access and facilities are arranged in a tall linear form and finished with cool reflective surfaces to provide a stark contrast with the cinema screens.
6.5 Ring Road and East Extension
6.5 Ring Road and East Extension The existing 6th Ring Road is running at an unacceptable level of service between Sabah Al Nasser and South Khaytan areas during the three peak periods of the day. Inorder to alleviate this traffic congestion and the traffic conditions in the area, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), has recommended the implementation of a new 6.5 Ring Road which will run parallel to the 6th Ring Road.
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 Islands
Al Madina Al Shamaliya Islands Al Madina Al Shamaliya (AMAS) is a mixed-use development project creating a new urban town located on reclaimed land off the northern coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain. AMAS Islands 13 & 14 (East) is expected to deliver approximately 2000 housing units under an affordable-housing scheme by the Ministry of Housing.
Al Mouj Muscat
Al Mouj Muscat SSH was awarded the design of Zunairah Villas and Juman One residential block at Al Mouj Muscat (formally known as The Wave Muscat), a public-private venture between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and Majid Al Futtaim Properties (based in the UAE). SSH was appointed to design two villa prototypes to be used in the latest addition to Al Mouj Muscat community master plan; Zunairah, a limited collection of exclusive beachfront villas. Split into two zones, Z1 with a total built-up area of approximately 900 sqm, and Z2 with a 1800 sqm built-up area, the prototypes are designed to provide the ultimate in luxury, aiming to set a new benchmark for residential living in the Sultanate.
Al Salam Palace
Al Salam Palace The restoration of Al Salam Palace is a cause for great joy and celebration in Kuwait. The original landmark palace was built in the 1960s to accommodate visiting heads of state. In the 1990s the palace was severely damaged during the Iraqi invasion and thought by many to be beyond repair. Hopes of restoring the abandoned palace were unfulfilled for more than 30 years, but the Amiri Diwan's vision to restore the palace, its famous chandelier and its extensive grounds to their former beauty and splendour has now been realised.
Al-Shadadiya Industrial Zone Infrastructure Works
Al-Shadadiya Industrial Zone Infrastructure Works SSH is providing full design, engineering and value engineering services to Mushrif Trading and Contracting Company. The design and construction of all infrastructure for the Industrial Zone has been awarded on a design and build basis. The employer for the project is the Public Authority for Industry (PAI). The site has an area of 500 ha and the capital cost of the infrastructure works is USD 300M.
Algeria Gulf Bank Headquarters
Algeria Gulf Bank Headquarters SSH was awarded First Prize in the 2010 AGB international design competition. The building will be located on the El Biar district roundabout in Algeria’s capital city, Algiers. The project comprises two 16 storey twin towers rising from a shared base within the 29,514 sqm site. The towers are oriented towards the roundabout.
AMAR Orphans School
AMAR Orphans School SSH have designed the AMAR School for Orphans and an AMAR Office in Basra, Iraq. The school will comprise of 18 teaching and learning spaces for 500 students with additional facilities that include a function space, hall, science laboratories, library, offices and sports areas. It will present an attractive alternative to the standard government administered facilities both in terms of the quality of facilities and the educational standards achieved. It will offer an enhanced learning environment and opportunities for local children in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere conducive to learning. AMAR currently rents a small office in Basra City which will be replaced by an AMAR owned office built to the Basra Teams requirements. The office and school will share the site with common utilities and systems such as drainage, potable water and power wherever practicable.
Banyan Tree and Angsana Resort
Banyan Tree and Angsana Resort The luxury resort is located in the Al Sifah area of Oman where the Hajjar Mountains slope directly into the coastline of the Sultanate. SSH’s were commissioned to design 90 exclusive high end villas in the Bayan Tree Resort and 20 clusters (200 keys) in the Angsana Resort spanning over 400,000 sqm of the 6 million sqm tourist attraction. SSH were responsible for the design of the luxury villas and the technical aspect of the design provided by Architrace.
BMW Showroom This showroom is the largest of its kind in the Middle East. The 22,500 sqm site showcases BMW, Mini, Land Rover and Rolls-Royce. The mezzanine floor appears to hover above the showroom and houses the headquarters of Al-Ghanim.
CanalView Located on Dilmunia Island, off the north-eastern coast of Muharraq Island, Bahrain, CanalView offers canal-side living at its finest. The residences are set in beautifully landscaped gardens next to a sweeping canal-side promenade. Residents can also enjoy the benefits of an exclusive private club, incorporating a range of sporting and entertainment facilities. The spectacular 1.6 km canal with dual pedestrian access provides ideal spaces for retail and F&B amenities. CanalView residents will have access to a breathtaking public park via the canal footbridge next to the property. Other iconic installations include the waterfall footpath and fountain system. CanalView is a mixed-use residential and retail development comprising four elegant residential towers with a wraparound commercial podium, developed over 13,068 sqm. The luxurious property is walking distance from Dilmunia Mall, and is close to Bahrain’s main arterial roads, social infrastructure and Bahrain International Airport. The fundamental design approach is to create an urban environment that takes advantage of the marine waterfront of Dilmunia. The two-storey, stone-clad podium provides residents and visitors with a double-level public promenade and provides a solution to the gradient difference across the site. The recessed terrace level reduces the overall mass of the podium and creates a sense of human scale to the development.
Creek Horizon within the Island District of Dubai Creek Harbour
Creek Horizon within the Island District of Dubai Creek Harbour SSH are Lead Consultant for the Creek Horizon project within the Island District of Dubai Creek Harbour which is led by SSH Principal Architect, David Daniels. 'Living on the island’ has been a theme embraced by the design team to create a bold ‘destination living experience’. Creek Horizon will combine a residential site made up of two towers, which will be complimented by retail offerings and a parking structure. In addition to the apartment style living, there will also be individual townhouse opportunities that will help to define a vibrant atmosphere in the residential community. With heights of 34 and 40 storeys, the towers proposal encourages an integrated lifestyle development, offering island style living in Dubai. The development is integrated into the Creek Harbour District with landscape and place making to position the development as one of the most desirable in the area. The residential component of the development has been carefully considered to maximise the available views of the waterfront, harbour, central park and long distance vista opportunities including city skyline and Burj Khalifa views. The residential site is to be made up of the west waterfront harbour area and a central park area to the east, with more urban experiences on the north and south. The project will include facilities for residents including swimming pool, gym, and recreation areas.
Criminal Investigation Headquarters
Criminal Investigation Headquarters SSH has completed the design of the Criminal Investigation Building located within the South Surra Ministries Area. The complex is comprised of a main office block, an auditorium with dormitories and an interrogation building. Two levels of underground parking provide 850 cars parking spaces for employees. The architectural massing is dynamic and clean in form. The five storey office blocks are formed by two curved parts which are joined by an atrium.
Dhofar Beach Resort and Spa
Dhofar Beach Resort and Spa The project is located in an open area of Dhofar Beach on the east side with easy road access to the north-east.The southern side has access to an uninterrupted outlook offering spectacular views for residents and visitors over the Arabian Sea. The five-star beach resort in Salalah is a beachfront resort complex, consisting of several separate buildings – the main hotel (six + one floors), ballroom, main reception area and spa etc. – as well as a car park. It will accommodate 220 guest rooms, 66 luxury villas, two presidential suites, various restaurants, leisure facilities, meeting rooms, a business centre, retail outlets, supporting restaurants, all-day dinning, convention centre, exclusive spa, and associated back-of-house buildings. The total built-up area for the beach destination is 61,530 sqm with 32,850 sqm of hard and soft landscaped areas, including communal areas, water features and gardens that will provide a pleasant environment in which the private villas are to be located in family clusters. SSH is providing the main consultancy services for the construction supervision and is the Engineer under Red FIDIC contracts, with a general scope to administer the works contracts, enabling works, structural works, main works (FF&E) and power supply. SSH is also responsible for ensuring compliance with all design, specifications, standards and statutory requirements to secure quality of delivery.
Diyar Al Muharraq
Diyar Al Muharraq SSH was awarded the Secondary Infrastructure Works in Assets 13A, 23B and 24, on the north eastern coast of Muharraq Island, by Diyar al Muharraq. Muharraq Island is a reclaimed area that is planned as an eclectic mix of residential and commercial developments composed of residential villas, investment buildings, community retail centre, Mosque and public open spaces. The SSH scope of services includes design and supervision of roads, combined potable and firefighting, foul sewer, storm, treated sewage effluent, electrical, street lighting and telecommunications to three assets totalling over 1 million sqm in area.
Four Star Hotel in Hawally
Four Star Hotel in Hawally SSH has been appointed as the lead consultant for all the design phases and permitting, starting from data collection and concept design phase through to tender documents and services, for a new luxury 4-star hotel in the Governorate of Hawally, Kuwait.
Harbour Gate, Dubai Creek Harbour, UAE
Harbour 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 Resort
Junoot Eco Resort There is no better way to get back to nature than being at one with Earth. SSH is the design consultant for an URC’s eco-resort Junoot Project. A leading MENA real estate developer, URC is developing this project along the shores of Oman’s untouched southern beaches, approximately 320 KM north-east of Salalah. Inspired by the Iranian humanitarian architect Nader Khalili, via his brainchild Cal-Earth, URC commissioned Cal-Earth to create this prototype to set an example of the type of architecture that is most desirable to high-end, authentic-experience seeking, and adventurous tourists.
Khiran Roads SSH is working in joint venture with Dar Al Handasah for the Ministry of Public Works on the design of road improvements in Al Khiran Area. SSH has undertaken the design of Storm water, street lighting and relocations required for the utilities including P.T.T, Water Supply, TSE, Underground 132 KV and Sanitary. These will include plans and vertical profiles of utilities, coordination of crossings, carry out hydraulic calculations, liaise with MPW and KOC, coordination with Dar Al Handasah on issues related to surface drainage, utilities corridors, roads crossings, irrigation, attenuation of flows (if any). SSH is also responsible for flood mitigation study and flood risk hazard at the project area.
KIA VVIP Ceremonial Plaza
KIA VVIP Ceremonial Plaza The project scope was to construct a KD 1.2 million shaded ceremonial plaza for the VIP arrival area at Kuwait International Airport. The shade was needed to protect members of the National Guard and the National Musical Band who would be required to perform ceremonial duties in high temperatures, humidity, rain and wind.
KIPCO Tower SSH led the design of the 170 Million USD tower project featuring a distinctive 59 storey office and residential tower that instantly became a landmark building in Kuwait City’s commercial district, Sharq.
KOC Housing SSH is the lead architecture and infrastructure consultant for the Kuwait Oil Company New Houses in South Ahmadi. The scope of works for the infrastructure comprises roads and utilities including storm water, sanitary, telephone networks and roads. The project is built on a plot area of 122,000 sqm and comprises 159 villas. The construction value of the project amounts to 19 million KD.
KOC Marine KOC has awarded SSH the contract to perform consultancy services for its marine facilities upgrade, a challenging logistical marine based project which includes the construction of a breakwater and harbour, demolition, change of use, additional buildings for stores, workshops, worker amenity buildings and a dry dock which has carnage points and oil separators.
Kuwait Children's Hospital
Kuwait Children's Hospital SSH was appointed by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Works, in association with global architects HKS, to provide a study and design for the new Children’s Hospital on a design-award-construct basis. Kuwait’s newest tertiary children’s hospital will be the largest hospital of its kind in the world. It features a total of 792 beds that will suit all medical needs and methods of treatment. The 300,000 sqm hospital is located within the Al Sabah Specialty Medical Area, in Al-Shuwaikh. The unique design concept has been delivered with a futuristic hospital design theme, comprising innovative and functional design that incorporates state-of-the-art technology and energy conservation. The Kuwait Children’s Hospital will be built using the highest standards of construction, materials and equipment. The hospital will provide a welcoming, comfortable, stress-free and home-like environment for its patients and their respective families. The facility also includes diagnostic and treatment centres to complement all tertiary care services, along with other non-clinical support and public departments. Non-healthcare structures, functions and services are also part of the scope which includes 2,400 car parking spaces, a helipad to support emergency air transport services and a day care centre for infants, pre-toddlers and pre-schoolers, dedicated to children of staff working at the proposed facility. In addition, five shelters for civil defence were requested.
Kuwait Finance House Residential Tower Project
Kuwait Finance House Residential Tower Project SSH has been awarded the contract for Design and Construction Supervision Consultancy Services for the prestigious Kuwait Finance House ‘Residential Complex’ which has a prime location on Gulf Street in Kuwait City. The site covers an area of 6,638 sqm in the Sharq area, a prime waterfront location offering unrivalled views. The new complex will offer residents exceptional facilities and living standards that supersede many of Kuwait’s most desirable waterfront developments.
Kuwait Sanitary Master Plan
Kuwait Sanitary Master Plan The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) in Kuwait appointed Atkins in association with SSH in 2009 to provide consultancy services to undertake technical studies and to prepare a sanitary master plan for Kuwait.
Marassi Boulevard, Bahrain
Marassi Boulevard, Bahrain SSH proudly reveals its latest design project in Bahrain, the Marassi Boulevard development. Marassi Boulevard consists of four low-rise residential buildings of seven to ten floors, including more than 240 homes, from studios to three-bedroom apartments, and boasting 700 sqm of community retail. Marassi Boulevard features contemporary architecture that blends with the local climate and boasts views of the vibrant streetscape, combining community living with an urban feel. Bob Hope, CEO of SSH comments, “Marassi Boulevard is an exciting addition to the Marrassi Al Bahrain area and it has been an honour for SSH to be a part of making this vision a reality. With a strong focus on building communities, we see ourselves as the only regionally based architects and engineers, delivering international standards and are excited to have contributed to the growth of the already impressive Marassi Al Bahrain community.” SSH were awarded the full design contract for the project by Eagle Hills, a private real estate investment and development company, the residential mixed-use development is located within Marassi Al Bahrain, the region’s premiere urban waterfront project.
Marina Waterfront The Marina Waterfront Development is now a hugely popular destination in Kuwait featuring a shopping centre, marina, hotel and resort, seafront public park, cafes and restaurants.
NBK Children's Cancer Hospital
NBK Children's Cancer Hospital SSH was awarded the design of the new NBK Children’s Cancer Hospital in Kuwait. The SSH multi-disciplinary teams were responsible for the output in terms of healthcare architecture, medical planning and sustainable MEP. Services included conceptualising the design, followed by full documentation of the design whilst coordinating with other specialists.
NBK Headquarters SSH has recently been awarded the main consultancy services for the construction supervision of NBK’s 300 metres new Headquarters supported by Buro Happold. The new NBK headquarters tower will be built in Kuwait’s central business district in the heart of Kuwait city and is expected to become another landmark building of Kuwait’s skyline.
Oil Sector Complex
Oil Sector Complex The Oil Sector Complex is the headquarters of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and the Ministry of Oil situated on a five hectares waterfront site. Arthur Erickson Architectural Corporation of Canada was appointed to design this prestigious project in association with SSH.
Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre
Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre SSH was appointed by Oman as the Architect of Record in 2012. In that capacity, we have completed the design and construction documentation for the Rotunda containing an auditorium for 3,200 seats, a ballroom, food courts and accompanying back of house areas.
Opening Ceremony for the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
Opening Ceremony for the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Kuwait has created a cultural centre for ceremony, celebration and artistic expression which places the country on the world map for cultural projects. SSH are ranked Number One for Culture Architectural Design and Number Two for Heritage Architectural Design by Building Design World Architecture 100. The SSH-designed, 236 Million KD, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (SJAAC) opened on the 31st October with a performance by legendary tenor singer Andrea Boccelli. The opening ceremony also featured three of the most famous singers in the Middle East, Abdullah Al Rouwaished, Nabil Shoeil and Nawal, in addition to a number of Kuwaiti performances presenting Kuwait’s most famous artists. The Centre will host various cultural events including music, theatre, film, workshops and spoken word. The four jewel-styled buildings are set to be the centrepieces of the new cultural district at the heart of Kuwait, close to Kuwait’s historic Flag Square. The buildings will create a new architectural reference for the Middle East. Its technical and multi-functional theatres will also make it one of the state of the art performing venues in the world.
PAAET SSH has been awarded of the design and construction supervision of the Technology, Business, Healthcare and Education complex project located at the south of Al-Oyoon area in the Jahra Governorate, Kuwait, by the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). Starting in April 2015 in a 230,000 sqm build up area, it will consist of four educational clusters and administration buildings.
Panorama Residence and Suites, Abraj Quarter Tower and Townhouses
Panorama Residence and Suites, Abraj Quarter Tower and Townhouses First Qatar Real Estate Development Co. have commissioned SSH to lead the construction management and supervision of a multiuse complex comprising luxury serviced apartments, townhouses, signature restaurants, cafés, modern amenities and all related services in the Abraj Quarter, Qatar, with a built-up area of approx. 110,000 sqm. The Panorama Residence and Suites, Abraj Quarter Tower and Townhouses are located on The Pearl Qatar. It is a 42 storey mixed use tower comprising of approx. 400 luxury serviced hotel apartments and townhouses operated by Hilton World Wide. The luxurious residential facilities will also be complemented with signature restaurants, cafes with modern amenities and all related services including dedicated underground car parking. Spacious apartment suites are located from the 6th to the 38th level of various sizes ranging from studios to 2 bedrooms apartments each furnished to Hilton’s high class worldwide standards. The accommodation also includes two townhouses blocks with apartments ranging from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms.
Ras Al Barr Resort
Ras Al Barr Resort SSH was awarded the new Ras Al Barr Resort in Bahrain, following a tendering process after competing against national and international firms for PK Development Company W.L.L.
Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City – Phase A4-A5 Sewage Treatment Plant
Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City – Phase A4-A5 Sewage Treatment Plant SSH was appointed the engineering consultancy services for the design of a Sewage Treatment Plant located in the prestigious Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City development situated in Khiran, in the south of Kuwait by developer La’ala Kuwait. SSH will undertake Concept, Preliminary and Detailed Design as part of their services to be provided, having engaged the highly-regarded process engineering company, P2MBerlin, as their preferred sub-consultant for the specialist elements of the project.
Sabah Al Salem University City (Kuwait University)
Sabah Al Salem University City (Kuwait University) Kuwait University's Sabah Al-Salem New KD 500 million University City Campus is established on a built up area of 3.7 million sqm. In 2005 Kuwait University engaged the Canadian Consortium Architects (CCA) and Buro Happold in association with SSH to undertake the planning and development of a Master Plan for the new university city. CCA/SSH were then appointed to provide full design and construction supervision of the infrastructure works in the main campus area.
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre 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 Highway
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Highway SSH Bahrain in partnership with Hyder Consulting, has recently been awarded the engineering consultancy services for the design of the road and bridges as part of the widening and upgrading of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah (SJAS) Highway by the Ministry of Works Municipalities and Urban Planning.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (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 Causeway
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah causeway is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be constructed in the GCC region with an estimated construction value of approximately USD 3 billion. The project owner is Kuwait Ministry of Public Works (MPW). The causeway project provides new strategic highway routes to facilitate planned development to the north of Kuwait City and comprises two discrete elements.
Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Centre for Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord
Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Centre for Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord SSH has been awarded the design for the Stem Cell facility in Kuwait that will be constructed on a site area of approximately 12,000 sqm. The Healthcare team will conceptualise the design, produce the drawings and coordinate the information from the various disciplines for all the design phases of the facility. In addition, the SSH team is responsible for the output of the following documentation: architecture, structural, mechanical, electrical engineering, plumbing, quantity surveying, medical planning, equipment test fit and interior design.
Specialist Clinical Centre for Dentistry, Dermatology and Diabetes
Specialist Clinical Centre for Dentistry, Dermatology and Diabetes SSH is providing the multi-disciplinary design and supervision services contract for the proposed new Specialist Clinical Centre for Dental, Dermatology and Diabetes Services, by Ashghal, the Public Works Authority of the State of Qatar, leading the development of the design from concept on behalf of Hamad Medical Corporation. The 61,000 sqm project will have six interconnected buildings consisting of a shared three level basement and a ground floor with four upper levels. The aim is to provide a perfect platform for the development of a new “super-clinic” care facility. The project will deliver specialty outpatient and ancillary services, as well as education and research facilities.
The Fifth Ring Road
The Fifth Ring Road In association with Atkins, SSH was selected by the Ministry of Public Works to design and supervise the construction of the west section of the Fifth Ring Motorway. The project comprised upgrading approximately 5.4 km to dual four lane motorway standard.
The First Ring Road
The First Ring Road The Mirqab Approach Roads Project forms an integral part of the Kuwait Motorway and Expressway System of some 340 km which was implemented by the Ministry of Public Works.
Universal Printing Press
Universal Printing Press SSH created an inspirational design for this iconic industrial building which showcases the printing process. The 8 Million USD building has also boosted the image of the Subhan district of Kuwait City.
9th Abu Dhabi Energy, Industry and Infrastructure conference
9th Abu Dhabi Energy, Industry and Infrastructure conference SSH’s UAE Resident Director, Michael Byron, attended the 9th Abu Dhabi Energy, Industry and Infrastructure Conference from the 7-9th December at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi Corniche Hotel. The event presentations about the future plans, progresses and visions of the Emirate across general urban development, energy, industrial and infrastructure sectors.
ABB LEAF Awards success for Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre
ABB LEAF Awards success for Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre The upcoming Kuwaiti museum complex, the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC), has been named Public Building of the Year at the prestigious ABB LEAF Awards 2017. The annual LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) Awards bring together more than 100 leading senior figures from the world’s elite architectural design community to celebrate, discuss and honour some of the best new international projects. All shortlisted and winning projects are recognised as setting the benchmark for the future of the industry. A joint delegation from the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait and SSH collected the international accolade for the complex at a gala ceremony, hosted at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, in London, on 21 September. Due to be completed by the end of this year, the centre not only celebrates mankind’s scientific and cultural achievements, but also honours Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. Together, with the award-winning Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) and the nearly restored and refurbished Al Salam Palace, the museum complex will form part of a new national cultural district for the city of Kuwait. The project will consist of six main buildings: A Natural History Museum; Science Museum; Museum of Islamic History; Space Museum; Fine Arts Centre; and a Theatre. Each museum building will contain an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits, installations and artworks. Walking beneath the canopy of the complex’s street is a journey full of surprises, with stunning views deep into the heart of the museums where visitors will see framed vistas of priceless exhibits. Kuwaiti architecture is represented by the main ‘street’, which meanders and echoes the traditional ‘Ferej’. This creates exciting spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, mirroring the experience of walking down a traditional, busy Kuwaiti street. The museum buildings and the circulation between them are shaded and partially climatically controlled using a solar shade canopy, which is 200 m long with cantilevers of 30 m. The inverted structure allowed the installation of 2,000 LED-lit shingles, which were parametrically designed and DMX controller-linked to provide evening light shows and daytime shade. The material chosen by SSH for the exterior cladding and roof paving of the complex was also carefully selected. The approved stone, named Skyline, is a true marble from Turkey with a clearly defined vein orientation in the quarry strata. Skyline has all the technical and aesthetic characteristics to meet the stringent requirements of the project. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex.
AHIC SSH exhibited at this year’s Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, with Head of Interior Design Sebaa Orabi moderating the ‘Getting Under the Skin of Refurbishments and Conversions’ panel, where fellow panellist included James Marsh, Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group, Munir Ahmed, Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding and Simon Enders, Project Director, Faithful + Gould. The event was a success as global hoteliers flew in to Dubai to network and discuss upcoming plans for development.
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 2018
ASCC 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.
Autodesk: Future of Building Things 2016
Autodesk: Future of Building Things 2016 On May 26th, 2016, SSH Change and IT Director, Sean Dewhurst represented SSH on a panel with moderator Gavin Davids to discuss " How do industries tend to respond to the Future of Building Things?" The event takes place at the Annex, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. The prestigious event, hosted by Autodesk Middle East, explored the disruptive technology trends that shape the future of how the nation is designed and built, how governments, engineers and contractors can plan ahead for these changes, and some present-day examples of projects already leveraging best-in-class technologies to deliver higher quality, on-time and lower-cost projects. Autodesk: Future of Building Things 2016 Read more
Barry Landrum talks about Middle East Healthcare in Construction Business News magazine
Barry Landrum talks about Middle East Healthcare in Construction Business News magazine Barry Landrum, Associate Director in Design Management, discusses Middle East healthcare and highlights the role SSH plays in leading innovation and design of new hospital buildings across the region in an article for the February issue of Construction Business News. “Recent developments in the Middle East suggest that countries are enhancing their capacity, making the GCC a hub for healthcare,” Barry writes. “SSH hold a growing portfolio of prestigious healthcare projects and is currently working on the largest specialist paediatrics hospital in the world.” Referring to the Kuwait Children’s Hospital, the model of care for the hospital has resulted in 792 beds with diagnostic and treatment facilities capable of treating patients from across the region. Evidence Based Design is employed by SSH in healthcare projects, which incorporates empirical evidence, including artwork, entertainment and nature, to better design healthcare environments. This enables designers to improve patient healing, reduce stress for patients and staff and ultimately results in positive patient outcomes. Barry summarises that our ultimate goal is to “lead healthcare design into a new digital age of gold-standard healthcare facilities”. Read more
Bespoke Magazine Explores SSH’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
Bespoke Magazine Explores SSH’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Bespoke magazine recently highlighted the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, which will showcase performing arts and create a world class theatre quarter in a spacious parkland setting. Together with Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre, it will form Kuwait’s new national cultural district. Read more
Big 5 Kuwait
Big 5 Kuwait SSH’s Health, Safety and Environmental Manager Stewart Cripps recently gave a ‘Health and Safety in Construction’ masterclass in a CPD-certified seminar that took place at Kuwait International Fairduring this year’s Big 5 exhibition. The Health and Safety veteran was able to share innovative ways to tackle some of the most prominent issues in the industry to a large audience keen to see a positive change. Read more.
Bushra Anwar to Speak at MEP UAE Conference 2016 in Dubai
Bushra Anwar to Speak at MEP UAE Conference 2016 in Dubai SSH Principal Electrical Engineer Bushra Anwar will participate in a panel discussion titled “Panel Debate: Women in MEP" which will explore the role of women in the MEP industry in the Middle East, how women add value in design and construction firms, why women’s unique perspectives and skillsets add financial muscle in management decision-making, how gender bias hurts performance and how to design policies that signal a firm’s sustainable commitment to diversity. The MEP UAE Conference brings together the cream of the region’s MEP and HVAC community. Attendees will hear from the leaders of the MEP industry as they address the issues and opportunities surrounding the UAE’s MEP sector. MEP Middle East: UAE Conference Tuesday 31 May 2016 Conrad Hotel, Dubai UAE Read more
Cityscape Abu Dhabi
Cityscape Abu Dhabi SSH UAE attended Cityscape Abu Dhabi, one of the most prominent real estate events in the emirate. UAE Resident Director Michael Byron, Business Development Officer Evgueni Hope and Business Development Officer Assem Tfayli were in attendance representing SSH UAE.
Cityscape Global SSH was once again present at the Cityscape Global Summit, where we exhibited our capabilities as well as our projects around the MENA region. The yearly event is a Mecca for the biggest real estate development companies in the region, drawing in thousands of visitors on the daily basis, including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who paid a brief visit to our stand.
Clinton Bull makes panel appearance at Hotelier Summit
Clinton Bull makes panel appearance at Hotelier Summit Clinton Bull, Director of Hospitality at SSH, took part in a panel discussion at the 11th edition of the Hotelier Summit Middle East, which was held in Doha, Qatar. Under the topic ‘Affordable Luxury – Is It The New Normal?’, Clinton and his fellow panellists discussed whether increasing numbers of travellers who prefer affordable stays that offer flexibility, choice, technology and value for money will drive an acceleration in growth for the mid-market travel segment. The session also explored how hotel owners and operators intend to navigate this increasing trend in the near future. “It was a very insightful discussion of the major role owners and operators will play in the mid-market segment, and how the GCC will benefit from new travellers following familiar hospitality brands as they make new headway into the Middle East through their mid-market offerings,” Clinton said of the session. “Technology will play an increasing role in the growth of this trend, such as being able to book stays and check in using your mobile phone, among other facilities,” he added. This falls in line with the decree by Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to encourage the use of smart technologies in various sectors, including Dubai’s hospitality sector. It is hoped this will drive up tourism numbers. SSH has made headway competing for master planning, building design, infrastructure and construction supervision awards on hospitality schemes across the region. The company’s expertise in leading such developments has become more recognised, and now SSH holds a growing number of hospitality projects within its portfolio.
Consolidated Zoning Code and Zoning Regulations and Urban Planning Standards Manual
Consolidated Zoning Code and Zoning Regulations and Urban Planning Standards Manual We are pleased to announce that SSH, in association with Dar Al Handasah have been awarded the “Preparation of a Consolidated Zoning Code and Zoning Regulations and Urban Planning Standards Manual” for Kuwait Municipality. The study reviewed and consolidated existing land use plans, zoning regulations, standards and building regulations and created administrative systems for reviewing and controlling site-level development. SSH has extensive experience in carrying out all of the early project stages including pre-development studies, zoning and feasibility studies, master planning and urban design. Over 5 decades, SSH has been involved in or led the planning of many significant construction projects such as Kuwait’s third Master Plan Review, Kuwait International Airport Development Plan, Western and Southern sub regions Master Plans as well as the ongoing project of Kuwait University’s Sabah Al Salem new Campus.
Construction Leadership Summit
Construction Leadership Summit SSH exhibited at the Construction Leadership Summit event, which took place in May in Dubai.
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.
Construction Supervision of NBK’s new Headquarters
Construction Supervision of NBK’s new Headquarters SSH was awarded the main consultancy services for the construction supervision of NBK’s 300m tall new Headquarters (supported by Buro Happold). The new NBK Headquarters tower will be built in Kuwait City's central business district in the heart of Kuwait city and is expected to become another landmark building of Kuwait’s skyline. The tower design concept is originated from a pearl shell, an object highly symbolic of Kuwait’s history and heritage, culture and economy. NBK appointed Foster+Partners in joint venture with Buro Happold as the international consultant for the design.
David Daniels Ranks 10th in Design Middle East’s Creative 30 List
David 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 speaks on Middle East Stone conference panel
David Daniels speaks on Middle East Stone conference panel David Daniels, Design Principal – Studio at SSH, took part in a panel discussion at the Middle East Stone conference, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The conference is the only event in the MENA region dedicated to the stone, marble and ceramics industries, and brings architects, contractors and designers together to discuss the latest in stone, marble and ceramic products, services and technologies. In a session entitled ‘Outlook for Gulf Construction: forecasting the future challenges and opportunities for the industry over the next 12-18 months’, David and other panellists talked about the new economic realities of the Gulf construction market. The impact of lower oil prices and the economic downturn on the sector and the opportunities presented to the stone industry by Expo 2020 and FIFA 2022 were also discussed. “I think the outlook for over the next 12-18 months is encouraging and exciting for the design and construction industry in the region,” David said of the discussion. “I don’t see any major challenges going forward, except for what will be the next evolution or big-ticket item after 2020.”
David Daniels to Judge on Design Middle East Awards
David 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 Centre
designMENA features the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre The SSH designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait has been featured in designMENA. The design and construction of the USD775 million project was completed in only 22 months, set as the centrpiece of the new cultural district in central Kuwait, close to historic Flag Square. It is made up of four angular buildings with perforated arabesque patterns, with an aim to host an array of cultural events. designMENA.com is the Middle East’s premier website for architecture and interior design, with daily news on all aspects of the industry, including new project and product launches. Read more
Dhofar Beach Resort construction supervised by SSH
Dhofar Beach Resort construction supervised by SSH SSH is providing construction supervision services for the planned Dhofar Beach Resort development in Salalah, Oman, for client Taameer Investment, one of the sultanate’s leading investment companies with investments across various sectors, including real estate. Taameer’s hotel project is a five-star beachfront resort complex with a total built-up area of approximately 80,000 sqm. The resort hotel itself will feature 130 rooms, where guests can have access to signature restaurants, food and beverage outlets, leisure and water sports facilities, meeting rooms, business centre, retail outlets, a health club and spa, as well as a ballroom as part of their vacation experience. The resort will also provide a residential component with an additional 85 state-of-the-art hotel apartments and 85 exclusive VIP villas. SSH, working together in collaboration with Taameer Investment, aims to change the hospitality and residential complex landscape with the Salalah offering and SSH is very proud to be involved with such a prestigious mixed-use development.
Discover integrated design with our Design Director at AHIC 2018
Discover integrated design with our Design Director at AHIC 2018 Visit the SSH stand at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2018 and meet our Design Director, Simon Dennison, who will happily explain how our discipline teams work seamless together to guide our clients towards their ideal hospitality vision. See our integrated design philosophy in action in our mini ‘studio’, which shows how our specialist teams – from architecture and MEP to structural, interior design and landscaping –work as one to deliver the perfect hotel property, from sketch to signature destination. Simon will be available at Stand G18 at AHIC, which runs from 17-19 April at the beachfront AHIC Village, the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah.
Doors Open for Second SSH Student Lecture
Doors 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 District
Emaar 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.”
Emir of Kuwait attends inauguration of Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre
Emir of Kuwait attends inauguration of Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, and representatives of the Amiri Diwan, were treated to a private inauguration of the country’s latest cultural showcase, the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC), on 5 February. The complex was recently named Public Building of the Year at the prestigious ABB LEAF Awards 2017. The award-winning ASCC development will create a new world-class museum district within Kuwait City. Together with the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), it will form Kuwait’s new national cultural district. ASCC is not only a celebration of the scientific and cultural achievements of mankind, but also of Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history, and the scale, shapes and shades of the centre’s buildings are designed to convey a sense of wonder and awe. His Highness Sheikh Sabah experienced an opening preformance showcasing the complex’s six main buildings: A Natural History Museum; Science Museum; Museum of Islamic History; Space Museum; Fine Arts Centre; and a Theatre. Each building will contain an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits and artworks. “The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre is a fitting and spectacular addition to Kuwait’s cultural heritage, and sets out to embrace the rich diversity of the world’s finest achievements,” said George Abi-Hanna, Managing Director of SSH Kuwait. “As the largest museums project of its kind in the world, SSH is proud and honoured to have been involved helping His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and the Amiri Diwan to fulfil their cultural aspirations for Kuwait and the region.” Kuwaiti architecture is represented by the main ‘street’, which meanders echoing the traditional ‘Ferej’. This creates exciting spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, mirroring the experience of walking down a traditional, busy Kuwaiti street. The Emir’s visit celebrates the completion of the cultural development. ASCC is expected to be opened to the public soon. SSH was appointed by Al Ghanim International as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. Working collaboratively with world-leading museum specialists, SSH was able to deliver the ASCC project for the Amiri Diwan to the stringent standards required of world-class public cultural buildings.
Experts from SSH to attend The Leading Middle East Architects Forum in Abu-Dhabi
Experts from SSH to attend The Leading Middle East Architects Forum in Abu-Dhabi Iain Vitty, Principal Architect and Acting General Manager for SSH Abu Dhabi, and Ashfaq Ahmed, Senior Specifications Writer, will participate in the Leading Middle East Architects Forum in Abu Dhabi from 5-8th February, 2016. The event brings together regional architects and international suppliers in one-to-one meetings or forums about global architecture and interior design. Find us
Final day at AHIC an SSH success
Final day at AHIC an SSH success SSH’s appearance at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) received positive feedback from delegates as the event wraps up on its third and final day. Our ‘mini design studio’ attracted many attendees, who could establish new relationships or reconnect with our team of architectural and engineering experts, who demonstrated how SSH’s collaborative philosophy comes together to produce major projects across the MENA region. It’s been a great AHIC for all involved at SSH and we look forward to exhibiting again.
Foundations Being Set for Emaar’s Harbour Gate Project
Foundations 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 Kuwait
Founder continues tour of SSH offices with visit to Kuwait SSH Founder Sabah Abi-Hanna, stayed true to his word after saying he’d like the chance to visit the company’s other offices after his trip to SSH London in July. This month, Sabah jetted to the Al Hamra office in Kuwait to see the Design, HR, Finance and top Management teams in action there. Sabah also had a familial connection, as Managing Director of Kuwait and nephew, George Abi-Hanna, updated Sabah on the company’s latest Kuwaiti developments with the help of Colm Dunphy, Principal Architect – Building Design, at the Al Hamra office’s Design Studio. Al Hamra is one of three SSH offices in Kuwait. The other two are the Qortuba office and the office at Sabhan, which has the honour of being the original company office in the country.
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.
George Abi-Hana shares his view on the Kuwaiti construction sector
George Abi-Hana shares his view on the Kuwaiti construction sector George Abi Hana, Senior Partner and Resident Director at SSH, recently discussed his view on the current scenario of the Kuwaiti construction sector with Construction Week magazine. In response to the recent announcement from Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Centre (CIC), that Kuwait’s construction sector will hit USD 15.6Billion (KWD4.7Billion) in 2020, George commented “Kuwait has courageously committed to continue with its national development plan and all the key projects it informs, including social and infrastructure projects, new rail links and upgrades of its roads, seaports and airports, construction is set to surge over the coming years”. Read more
George Abi-Hanna discusses SSH's Marine Projects in latest Construction Week Magazine
George Abi-Hanna discusses SSH's Marine Projects in latest Construction Week Magazine George Abi-Hanna, SSH Kuwait Resident Director, discussed the upgrade of the Kuwait Oil Company marine facilities in the latest issue of Construction Week Online. Read the full article from page 41 onwards here
Harper’s Bazaar Interiors magazine features SSH-designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
Harper’s Bazaar Interiors magazine features SSH-designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre The landmark SSH-designed Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) in Kuwait has featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Interiors magazine. Ray Phillips, Design Director, CSO and Senior Partner at SSH, and Lead Designer of the JACC, spoke with Harper’s Bazaar Interiors about the design of the complex being inspired by Islamic architecture, which resulted in “complex geometric shapes interpreted in a modern way with a 2.5 m titanium and glass skin”. He describes the centre as “a series of gems within jewels”. “Internally, the jewels became the theatres,” Ray said. “Light is used to magical effect inside to illuminate each building, with shafts of natural light that flood through the huge walls.” He added that the complex is a “world-class building for ceremony, celebration and artistic expression”.
How SSH healthcare consultants are supporting the growth of medical tourism in the Middle East?
How SSH healthcare consultants are supporting the growth of medical tourism in the Middle East? Middle East Consultant magazine spotlights SSH Principal Health Planner Krishnee Govender. With expertise encompassing the design medical tourism health centres and compact hospitals, she discusses the role that healthcare consultants play in the development of medical tourism in the Middle East and the requirements of medical tourism facilities. Read more (p.13)
Industry Leaders Convene at PPP Investment Forum Morocco
Industry Leaders Convene at PPP Investment Forum Morocco From 23-25 May, 2016, Danny Warde, SSH Resident Director of Oman, Khaled El Khoury, SSH Director of Construction Services and Jean Luc Debar, SSH Associate Director of Practice Management for Morocco, will join other experts from the MENA region at the PPP Investment Forum Morocco under the patronage of the Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics to discuss the of use of Private Public Partnerships (PPP) to fund infrastructure development in Morocco. The three day-long exchange will cover topics including navigation through the new legislation, discussion on building capacity within the government and private sector to structure and execute PPP projects successfully. The forum will serve as a platform for all the stakeholders to establish relationships that will facilitate greater investment in the country’s public sector infrastructure projects. 23-25 May 2016 Main Conference Days (24-25 May): 8:00am – 3.30pm Workshop (23 May): registration at 8:30am Sofitel Jardin des Roses Souissi, Rabat 10000, Rabat, Morocco Read more
Intelligent CIO Magazine speaks to Sean Dewhurst, Change and IT Director
Intelligent CIO Magazine speaks to Sean Dewhurst, Change and IT Director Sean discusses SSHs collaboration with niche IT infrastructure providers and the adoption of cloud technologies that support our inter office cooperation, customer service and cost control capabilities. He describes how we are working to enable our clients and partners through the adoption of cloud technologies that support and promote collaboration across SSHs offices internationally, they provide ease of access, the protection of intellectual property and ensure that all colleagues have the tools they need to deliver a high quality professional service. Intelligent CIO is a technology intelligence platform aimed at the enterprise IT sector to provide targeted updates and research driven data. Read more
Interior design uncovered by our Associate Director – Interior Design at AHIC 2018
Interior 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.
Interior structures revealed by our Principal Interior Architect at AHIC 2018
Interior structures revealed by our Principal Interior Architect at AHIC 2018 Visit the SSH stand at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2018 and meet our Principal Interior Architect, Marlaine Collins, who will explain how we guide our clients through interior structural and design stages to help them achieve their ideal hospitality vision. Witness how our integrated design philosophy enables our specialist teams – from architecture and MEP to structural, interior design and landscaping – to work seamlessly to deliver the quintessential hotel property, both inside and out. Meet Marlaine at Stand G18 at AHIC, which runs from 17-19 April at the beachfront AHIC Village, the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah.
ISO Accreditation Update and ISO 14001
ISO Accreditation Update and ISO 14001 SSH is proud to announce the award of ISO 14001 Environmental Standard Certification and the recertification of ISO 9001 by NQA, a UKAS accredited certification body. SSH is the first Kuwait Headquartered Architectural and Engineering Services provider to achieve ISO 14001 certification and benchmarks our leading position amongst our regional industry peers. "For SSH setting high-performance goals in our quality-process includes a responsible approach to environmental practice. This is true in terms of both our own business activities and through the delivery of our design product.” said Bob Hope the CEO of SSH. “We have maintained our ISO 9001:2008 standing, with certification now awarded by NQA a UKAS an accredited auditing body, and we are proud to announce the achievement of ISO 14001 certification for environmental protection.” Bob added that, “ISO 14001 sets out a process for better environmental management control, our operating within the framework of this standard will not only help us reduce the environmental impact of our activities, but also stamps our commitment to improvements in performance across our business and service offering. This underpins SSH’s commitment to adopt the highest level of international best practice as we position our business to develop further across the MENA marketplace.” Finally, Bob noted that, “The adaptation of ISO 14001 demonstrates our innovative and forward thinking approach to not only our customers and prospective partners, but importantly to our employees throughout the SSH Family.”
JACC named Cultural & Heritage Project of the Year at MEED Projects Awards
JACC 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.
Junoot Eco Resort awarded Best Leisure-Led Development
Junoot Eco Resort awarded Best Leisure-Led Development Junoot Eco Resort Project received the Best Leisure-Led Development Award at the 2012 World Architecture Festival.
Junoot Eco Resort receives Judges Special Recognition award
Junoot Eco Resort receives Judges Special Recognition award The Junoot Project received Special Recognition Award during the 11th Annial MIPIM Architecture Review Future Projects Awards in Cannes. The award was received by the project’s developer.
Kuwait Launches $775M Cultural Centre
Kuwait Launches $775M Cultural Centre SSH features in Construction Business News ME Kuwait has inaugerated the $775mn Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, the stunning centre piece of a new cultural district in central Kuwait City, close to historic Flag Square. SSH was lead architecture and engineering designer and worked with reknowned specialists in lighting, accoustices, theatre engineering and archives on the project which includes performing arts centre, music centre, conference centre, historical documents centre as well as libraries, parks and fountains. To read more, Construction Business News ME
Kuwait New Maternity Hospital (KNMH)
Kuwait New Maternity Hospital (KNMH) SSH, in joint-venture with Studio Altieri, signed the main design consultancy agreement for the design of the Kuwait New Maternity Hospital (KNMH) with design and build contractor Impresa Pizzarotti & C SpA. As part of a national hospital regeneration programme, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is implementing a major healthcare investment into specialist healthcare services through the delivery of a new dedicated national maternity facility. The Kuwait New Maternity Hospital (KNMH), to be located to the west of Kuwait City within the Al Sabah Specialty Medical Area, is planned by the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) in association with MOH as the end user, to be a state-of-the-art, world-class, specialist maternity hospital to service the growing healthcare needs of Kuwait and the GCC region on an international scale. The new facility will bring together all aspects of maternity care into a single complex to form a specialist hospital for Kuwait. For a total contract value of USD 817 Million, the design and build team will deliver the project over 54 months. Site work started in January 2017. The project comprises the following buildings and components: Main Hospital Building – Basement + Ground + Podium of 6 levels + In-patient accommodation of 11 levels Annex Building – Includes Outpatient clinics, an Auditorium and Administrative facilities Multi-storey Car Park – Basement of 2 levels + Ground + 5 typical levels + Shaded Roof Parking Central Utility Plant – Allocated on a separate plot and includes an underground service tunnel The project includes the supply of all medical equipment and interior furnishing, as well as providing operational maintenance for the specialist facility following hand-over. The KNMH is to feature 27 operating rooms and will accommodate 780 in-patients, the car park will hold up to 1,300 vehicles. The hospital will stand 18 storeys tall when completed. The consultant team will fully utilise Revit building information modelling (BIM) software throughout the design development, including the use of BIM during the construction phase of the project. The efforts of the Joint-Venture Consultant team in collaboration with Impresa Pizzarotti as the design/build contractor, will bring to fruition the vision that the MPW and MOH have for an international specialist maternity hospital for Kuwait to service the needs of local, regional and international communities.
Kuwaiti causeway project wins infrastructure award
Kuwaiti 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 status
Latest 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.
Leaders in Construction UAE
Leaders in Construction UAE Matthew Squires, Chief Operating Officer spoke about SSH's tremendous growth over the past two years and how we attract the region's most talented leaders in the field at yesterday's Leader in Construction Summit UAE. He was exclusively invited to participate in the panel discussion 'Attracting accomplished leaders to drive expansion and maximise board governance' following SSH's achievements.
Liezl De Jager talking about Healthcare Architecture
Liezl De Jager talking about Healthcare Architecture Liezl De Jager, SSH’s Associate Director for Healthcare based in South Africa, discusses how ‘Design can help to heal’ with by Middle East Architect. Read more.
Marina Waterfront awarded Best Mixed-Use Development
Marina Waterfront awarded Best Mixed-Use Development Marina Waterfront development, designed by SSH and developed by URC, won the best Mixed-Use Development for Kuwait Award at the 2013 - 2014 Arabian Property Awards.
Matt Squires achieves first-time rank in CBN Power Hour list
Matt 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 debuts in Construction Week Power 100
Matt Squires debuts in Construction Week Power 100 Matt Squires, CEO of SSH, has made his first appearance in Construction Week’s annual ranking of the Middle East’s powerful construction industry leaders, which was announced on 30 June. The publication’s Power 100 list, in its ninth edition, ranks the most influential individuals in the region’s construction industry. According to Construction Week, the past 12 months have been a challenge for the construction sector, with leaders in the industry having to adapt to widespread changes affecting the industry. “Construction leaders have had to devise more efficient and intelligent way of delivering their products and services,” the publication said in its introductory commentary. “All members of this year’s Power 100 are unified not only by their determination to succeed, but by a business acumen that makes them stand out from the crowd in a competitive market,” it added. As a newcomer to the list, Matt has cemented a good foundation within his first year in SSH’s leadership position, as well as a good first half of 2018 for the company. Revenue is projected to reach $122.50m at the close of the fiscal year, up on the 108m recorded for 2017. Matt was only appointed as CEO of the company in September 2017. Read the Power 100’s overview of SSH and the full list here.
Matt Squires speaks to MEED.com
Matt Squires speaks to MEED.com Matt Squires, CEO of SSH, has been featured in an interview on MEED.com. Matt speaks about the company’s success in creating award-winning designs, spotlightling both the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad and Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem cultural centres, which have won several awards between them and make up part of Kuwait’s new national cultural district. He also outlined our basic strategy for future business. “Since 2012, SSH has had a clear strategy and vision to become the architectural and engineering consultant, strategic partner and employer of choice in the Mena region,” Matt said. “Moving forward, our strategic vision will fundamentally remain unchanged, but there will be subtle implementation differences compared with the past five years, which has been mainly focused on growth, to now having greater focus on operational excellence.” Read the full interview here.
ME Road & Bridge Forum
ME Road & Bridge Forum SSH’s Infrastructure Director Mark Jamieson presents at Middle East Road and Bridge Forum in Dubai The Middle East Road and Bridge Forum played host to a case study presentation by SSH’s Infrastructure Director, Mark Jamieson. Mark was among speakers at the two-day event in Dubai, held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif AlNuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, in partnership with The Ministry of Infrastructure Development. The well-attended forum explored various new advancements in road and bridge design, construction and execution, as well as asset management, maintenance and safety. Mark presented a case study of SSH-led road infrastructure project, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Highway Upgrade in Bahrain. He outlined the challenges SSH faced working on such infrastructure upgrade projects, especially within an urban as opposed to a rural environment, and the design solutions SSH created to proceed smoothly with the scheme. On his presentation of SSH's project the Middle East Road and Bridge Forum, Mark said: “It was a pleasure to attend this prestigious event and to have the opportunity to showcase the work of SSH and the innovative solutions that we have been able to develop for our client on this critical and complex highway project.”
MENA Rail and Metro
MENA Rail and Metro Haitham Saleh, SSH KSA Resident Director, attended MENA’s Rail and Metro Summit in Dubai. The leading industry event drawn in industry experts in the Rail and Metro industry from the GCC and North Africa year-on-year.
Michael Byron is interviewed by Construction Week Magazine at Dubai Cityscape 2016
Michael Byron is interviewed by Construction Week Magazine at Dubai Cityscape 2016 Design and Build Contracts Michael Byron, Resident Director in Dubai, is interviewed by Construction Week Magazine at Cityscape 2016. “The early stages of the design and build (D&B) process is about creating the design and adapting the method of construction to meet the demands of the supply chain. In order to do this successfully, the contractor and their team need to understand the client's ambitions and requirements, and that's the key to delivering it successfully". One of the most important criteria a contractor must consider to secure the success of any design and build (D&B) contract is the appointment of the consultant. They need to have the technical expertise, experience and capacity for major fast track D&B delivery. In addition they should command a deep knowledge of the local regulations and approvals processes, critical if delays in the process are to be avoided. SSH believe that it’s false economy to look for the cheapest design quote, it can be a high risk strategy. Contractors should consider the design consultant as a partner in the D&B process and wherever possible look to adopt a collaborative approach. This enables best practice to be shared, 'learning from each other' and repeat business secures better returns for each subsequent project. http://meconstructionnews.com/17665/me-consultant-october-2016
Michael Byron Speaks about Safety Design
Michael Byron Speaks about Safety Design On Wednesday, May 25th, SSH Resident Director Michael Byron will present at the Dubai & Northern Emirates CPD Training series organised by the Charted Institute of Buildings (CIOB). Michael will speak about safety design in buildings, the latest requirements for designers and share best practice. CIOB are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. Championing conservation and improvement of the built environment, CIOB seeks to enhance and promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society since 1834. CIOB Dubai & Northern Emirates Presents: CPD Training 25 May 2016 The Address Montgomery – Dubai 7.00 pm– 9.00 pm Read more
Middle East Health, Safety and Environment Summit
Middle East Health, Safety and Environment Summit Tony Males, Site Operations Director, Adam Dillon, Site Operations Manager, and Health and Safety Manager, Stewart Cripps, attended this years’ Middle East Health, Safety and Environment Summit and Exhibition in Oman’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Muscat, to network with fellow advocates and support HSE improvement in the region.
Minister of Public Works visits Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Causeway site
Minister of Public Works visits Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Causeway site Minister of Public Works Mr. Abdulaziz Al Ibrahim visited Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Causeway Project site in Shuwaikh Port along with the employer’s representative team from Dar Al Handasah and SSH in addition to the project’s contractors, Hyundai Engineering and Combined Group Contracting. The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be constructed in the GCC region with a construction value of approximately USD 3 billion. The 36 km causeway provides new strategic highway routes to facilitate planned development to the north of Kuwait City. The importance of the project resides in its aim to substantially reduce travelling time and bridge the maritime link between Kuwait and Subiyah city which will help create a new residential area for up to 500,000 inhabitants in the north side of the country. SSH infrastructure director Mark Jamieson said: “The Subiyah Causeway project is a key project for SSH Infrastructure division. It not only comprises of the main bridge itself but also includes the construction of 2 artificial islands, 26 separate building structures and substantial changes to the existing infrastructure networks. This project highlights SSH’s ability to manage and supervise large-scale infrastructure projects as a leading consultant who is committed to the sustainable development of Kuwait.”
Monitoring visit to AMAR School & Office Work Site
Monitoring visit to AMAR School & Office Work Site SSH have designed the AMAR School for Orphans and an AMAR Office in Basra, Iraq. The school will comprise of 18 teaching and learning spaces for 500 students with additional facilities that include a function space, hall, science laboratories, library, offices and sports areas. It will present an attractive alternative to the standard government administered facilities both in terms of the quality of facilities and the educational standards achieved. It will offer an enhanced learning environment and opportunities for local children in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere conducive to learning. AMAR currently rents a small office in Basra City which will be replaced by an AMAR owned office built to the Basra Teams requirements. The office and school will share the site with common utilities and systems such as drainage, potable water and power wherever practicable. A series of initial concepts, representations and images were commissioned by the Basra Team who subsequently worked with a small SSH studio team to design both the school and the AMAR office. The design team started by creating a range of inspirational designs that delivered the learning and administrative spaces required and introduced a high level of flexibility in the potential use of spaces so that they may be used for charity functions and wider community use out of school hours. AMAR were not only focussed on potential costs associated with the development but also the simplicity of construction using readily available materials and with a minimum design life of 25 years capable of operating independently of locally supplied utilities (power and water). SSH are proud to be part of the unique opportunity to design and create educational facilities for the future and delighted to offer our specialist assistance to deliver the best possible facilities to support teaching and learning in the region.
Navigating the Unique Complexities of Designing Healthcare Facilities
Navigating the Unique Complexities of Designing Healthcare Facilities SSH’s healthcare specialist, Dr. Angela Burke, presented at this year’s Big 5 construction exhibition in Kuwait. Informed by her experience as a medical planner, she spoke to an international audience as to how design team members can navigate the unique complexities associated with designing contemporary healthcare facilities. She explained the extent to which healthcare design projects vary in speciality and scale. New healthcare facilities can range between an 800 bed facility, such as, SSH’s current Kuwait Children’s Hospital project, to a 7,000 sqm unique stem cell and umbilical cord facility which is currently under construction in the Al-Sabah region of Kuwait. She advised that, regardless of scale or type, a number of key considerations must be addressed and implemented. While similar to other architectural projects, she outlined the extent to which the industry needs to be aware that healthcare design schemes require additional services including health planning, medical planning, medical equipment spatial planning as well as specialist expertise that might include radiation protection and infection control services. Angela recommended establishing an organised management team to co-ordinate the work of large and knowledgeable design teams. Introduced during her presentation was the field of study that emphasises the importance of credible evidence to influence healthcare design is Evidence-Based Design (EBD). This use of knowledge improves patient and staff well-being by minimising patients, family and staff stress. One design strategy described was the introduction of positive distractions (artwork, entertainment and nature) to improve patient healing, stress reduction and better safety. Angela also stressed the need for specialist interior design in medical environments stating that infection control is a major consideration in healthcare environments as well as issues of materiality. Typical items he advised for consideration included slip-resistant and static free flooring, wall protection, chair materiality and strength of structure, and easily cleaned sanitary arrangements positioned in appropriate locations that support EBD and the occupants of the building. In summary Dr. Angela Burke stated that healthcare outcomes continue to benefit greatly from lessons learned as a consequence of recent developments in international healthcare design and the importance of regulation and standards in assisting navigation through the unique complexities of designing for improved healthcare.
New NBK Children’s Hospital is featured in the latest Gulf construction issue
New NBK Children’s Hospital is featured in the latest Gulf construction issue Technical Director and Partner Adriaan Vorster gives an insight into the new NBK Children’s Hospital, in Kuwait, where SSH services included architecture, medical planning and SMEP. The new building consists of an outpatient department (clinics), day-care facilities (infusion and treatment areas), a bone marrow transplant unit (specialist in-patient unit), specialist laboratories (haematology / oncology testing), pharmacy, administration and educational areas, case conference and lobby services. Read more here
Oil Sector Complex received Award of Excellence
Oil Sector Complex received Award of Excellence The American Concrete Institute presented the Award of Excellence to SSH for the Oil Sector Headquarters Complex as a Modern Landmark Building with Creative Use of Concrete in Kuwait.
Oman Projects Danny Warde, SSH Oman Resident Director, and Omar Nuri, Senior Project Manager, attended MEED’s Oman Projects Forum, the largest gathering of decision makers from across the infrastructure and energy sectors including government representatives, developers, contractors and consultants in the Sultanate.
Overview of Project Management in the Middle East
Overview of Project Management in the Middle East Khaled El Khoury, Construction Supervision Director, and Adam Dillon, Oman Operations Manager for Construction Services and Resident Engineer recently discussed the challenges in Project Management in the GCC with Construction Week Magazine. The duo referred to the skill shortage in the Middle East, but highlighted the benefits of Project Management to the client, concluding that it lowers costs, brings greater efficiencies, improves customer and stakeholder satisfaction, and therefore delivers greater competitive advantage. Read more
PAAET, design and supervision win for SSH
PAAET, design and supervision win for SSH SSH is pleased to announce the award of the design and construction supervision of the Technology, Business, Healthcare and Education complex project located at the south of Al-Oyoon area in the Jahra Governorate, Kuwait, by the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). SSH Kuwait Resident Director, George Abi Hanna said “SSH is very proud to be appointed by PAAET on an educational project, which contributes to the social development of Kuwait. This project is very much in line with our vision and mission, reinforcing SSH’s strategic partnerships and consultant of choice objective.” SSH’s joint venture is in conjunction with Perkins Eastman and Soor Engineering Bureau, as the local strategic partner.
Qatar Contractors Forum and Awards
Qatar Contractors Forum and Awards Maher Chatila, SSH Qatar General Manager, was present at this years’ Qatar Contractors Forum and Awards, which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doha. The yearly event gathers the biggest contacting companies in the country and region to discuss pressing issues.
Realise your vision with our Director of Hospitality at AHIC 2018
Realise your vision with our Director of Hospitality at AHIC 2018 Visit the SSH stand and meet our Director of Hospitality, Clinton Bull, who will personally show you how collaborating with us will help to realise your ideal hotel property at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2018. Our integrated design philosophy enables our discipline teams – from architecture and MEP to structural and interior design – to work seamlessly together to deliver the ideal signature destination. Clinton will be available during the AHIC event from 17-19 April at Stand G18 at the beachfront AHIC Village, the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah.
Sean Dewhurst talks building design tech in Business Review ME
Sean Dewhurst talks building design tech in Business Review ME Business Review Middle East’s interview with SSH’s Change and IT Director Sean Dewhurst features in the July edition of the publication. Sean talks about SSH’s collaboration with leading figures within the technology industry, the innovations it has achieved through the implementation of cloud services and the adoption of the latest trends in building design tools, such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality technology. By using technology, and tying up with technology partners, SSH has experienced an increase in the efficiency of its service offering, resulting in a boost in business growth. “You need to build efficiency into everything,” Sean said. “We try to pick up the innovations that are out there and bring them together to bring advantages to what we do. That’s where we have to be, especially in the technology space.” Read the full feature on page 28 of Business Review Middle East here.
See design in action with our Director of Architecture at AHIC 2018
See design in action with our Director of Architecture at AHIC 2018 Meet SSH’s Director of Architecture, David Daniels, at our stand and gain insight into how our discipline teams work collaboratively to fully realise your hospitality dreams at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2018. From our mini ‘studio’, David will guide you on how our discipline teams work seamlessly – from architecture and structural to MEP, interior design and landscaping – to deliver the perfect hotel property, demonstrating how our integrated design philosophy truly works. Find David on Stand G18 at AHIC, from 17-19 April at the beachfront AHIC Village, the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah.
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre shortlisted for ABB LEAF Awards 2017
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre shortlisted for ABB LEAF Awards 2017 The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait has been shortlisted as a finalist for Public Building of the Year for the upcoming ABB LEAF Awards 2017. All shortlisted projects will be represented at a gala awards ceremony on 21 September at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, in London. The complex, a new museum district for the city of Kuwait, is a celebration of mankind’s scientific and cultural achievements. The museums celebrate Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. They will also embrace and showcase the rich diversity of the world’s finest cultural achievements. The project is due to be completed by the end of this year and will consist of six main buildings: A Natural History Museum; Science Museum; Museum of Islamic History; Space Museum; Fine Arts Centre; and a Theatre. Each museum building will contain an array of permanent and temporary world-class exhibits and artworks. Walking through the cultural district beneath the canopy of the street is a journey full of surprises, with stunning views deep into the heart of the museums where visitors will see framed vistas of priceless exhibits. Kuwaiti architecture is represented by the main ‘street’, which meanders and echoes the traditional ‘Ferej’. This creates exciting spaces, Islamic patterns, corners and walkways, mirroring the experience of walking down a traditional, busy Kuwaiti street. The museum buildings and the circulation between them are shaded and partially climatically controlled using a solar shade canopy, which is 200 m long with cantilevers of 30 m. The structure was inverted to allow the installation of 2,000 LED-lit shingles, which were parametrically designed and DMX controller-linked to provide evening light shows and daytime shade. The material chosen by SSH for the exterior cladding and roof paving of the complex was also carefully selected. The approved stone, named Skyline, is a true marble from Turkey with a clearly defined vein orientation in the quarry strata. Skyline has all the technical and aesthetic characteristics to meet the stringent requirements of the project. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. The annual LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) Awards brings together an audience of more than 100 leading senior figures from the world’s elite architectural design community. They will convene to celebrate, discuss and honour some of the best new international architectural projects, according to their specific criteria. The LEAF Awards has been running for more than 16 years and all shortlisted and winning projects are recognised as setting the benchmark for the future of the industry.
Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre shortlisted for CID Awards
Sheikh 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 Awards
Sheikh 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 magazine
Sheikh 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 Opening
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Opening SSH is proud to announce the opening of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait. The cultural centre will showcase performing arts and create a world class theatre district. The multidisciplinary public space, aims to entertain, educate and inspire the people of Kuwait. It will offer music, film, theatre and workshops to the Kuwaiti people and will act as a cultural focal point for the GCC as a whole. http://www.jacc-kw.com/
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre shortlisted for MEP Middle East Awards 2017
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre shortlisted for MEP Middle East Awards 2017 The award-winning Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) has been shortlisted twice, this time for its behind-the-scenes innovations, at the MEP Middle East Awards 2017. Showcasing the best in mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), the annual MEP Middle East Awards highlight the excellence in MEP design and installation underpinning the iconic projects that contribute to the evolving and rapidly maturing construction landscape across the region. JACC has been shortlisted for both the Electrical Project of the Year and the GCC Project of the Year awards for its state-of-the-art installations. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. The MEP Middle East Awards ceremony takes place on 8 November at the Rixos Premium Dubai. Find out more about the awards here.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins at CID Awards
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins at CID Awards The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), in Kuwait, has collected another accolade, winning Interior Design of the Year, Public Sector, at the Commercial Interior Design (CID) Awards gala ceremony on 13 September 2017. The CID Awards pay tribute to the projects, interior design firms and designers making their mark on the region’s interior design industry, and herald work that displays original thinking, creative breadth and a willingness to stray from tried and tested formulas. The award judges “appreciated this modern twist on Arab architecture, with its graphite colouring and the use of symbolic patterns and poetry in a contemporary and artistic way. The project was particularly praised for the way it plays with light and shadow.” Winning its category at this year’s CID Awards event follows the success of the JACC complex also being celebrated as Best Public Service Architecture and Public Service Interior at the Africa & Arabia Property Awards, and winning the Award of Merit at ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards. Since opening in November 2016, the complex has played host to performing arts, local performances and international acts. The facility is the centrepiece of a world-class theatre quarter. The JACC complex’s key buildings are the Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents. Complex geometric shapes, inspired by Islamic architecture, form the richly textured outer skin of the four buildings that make up JACC, which sit like jewels within a large national Park for Kuwait. The wonders continue inside each building, with visitors discovering jewels within jewels, as they explore the beautifully designed interiors. A major interior feature at the complex is a monolithic signature chandelier that illuminates the entrance foyer to the National Theatre and spans between the outer walls of the National Theatre and Drama Theatre. Drawing an analogy between glass and water, the fixture presents itself in a tiered array of falling glass to evoke the impression of a giant indoor waterfall that visitors can walk around, pass under or walk behind at balcony levels. Another talking point is decorative calligraphy, spread over 8,000 sqm across the four building’s pavilions and designed into the cladding of the theatres, concert halls and libraries. Seven stanzas taken from the Kuwaiti Amir’s own sayings promoting culture and development were selected by the Amiri Diwan for each calligraphic installation. SSH was appointed as lead architecture, interior design and engineering designer on the complex. Find out more about CID Awards here and here.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins Award of Merit at ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins Award of Merit at ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) has been recognised with the Award of Merit at ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards. The complex will be honoured at a gala ceremony on 23 October, at the Sheraton hotel, Times Square, New York. Since its grand opening in November 2016, the complex has showcased performing arts, local performances and international acts. The facility is the centrepiece of a world-class theatre quarter set in spacious parkland. Complex geometric shapes, inspired by Islamic architecture, form the richly textured outer skin of the four buildings that make up JACC, which sit like jewels in a larger public park. Luxurious world-class buildings below the outer skin exude character, drama and a heightened sense of expectation. The wonders continue inside each building, as visitors find jewels within jewels, as they explore the beautifully designed interiors. The key buildings that form the JACC complex are the Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents, all set within a national Park for Kuwait. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. The ENR (Engineering News Record) Global Best Projects Awards focus on the challenges, risks and rewards of designing and constructing in other countries. Find out more about the awards here.
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins Index Architecture & Design Award
Sheikh 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 Awards
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre wins two Africa & Arabia Property Awards The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), in Kuwait, has been recognised as winner of both the Best Public Service Architecture and Best Public Service Interior accolades by the Africa & Arabia Property Awards. The centre will be honoured at a ceremony at The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, on 7 September 2017. The project will now go on to compete with other category winners for the chance to become a finalist in the International Property Awards, which takes place in December at a gala awards ceremony in London. Since its grand opening in November 2016, the complex has showcased performing arts, local performances and international acts. The facility is the centrepiece of a world-class theatre quarter set in spacious parkland. Complex geometric shapes, inspired by Islamic architecture, form the richly textured outer skin of the four buildings that make up JACC, which sit like jewels in a larger public park. Luxurious world-class buildings below the outer skin exude character, drama and a heightened sense of expectation. The wonders continue inside each building, as visitors find jewels within jewels, as they explore the beautifully designed interiors. The key buildings that form the JACC complex are the Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents, all set within a national Park for Kuwait. SSH was appointed as lead architecture and engineering designer on the complex. The Africa & Arabia Property Awards, now in their 26th year, are judged by an independent panel of 70 industry experts. Judging focuses on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability. The awards are the largest, most prestigious, and widely recognised programme of its kind in the Africa and Arabia regions. Find out more about the awards here.
Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Center for Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord
Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Center for Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord SSH has been awarded the design and supervision of the “Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Stem Cell & Umbilical Cord Centre” for Masharee Al-Khair Charity Organisation. Located in the Shuwaikh Medical Area, Kuwait on a site area of approximately 12,000 sqm, the facility will house an Outpatient centre for adult stem cell collection, a fully self-sufficient cryolab for freezing and long term storage of stem and cord blood cells as well as a research facility.
SSH Again Awarded #1 World Architectural Practice for Cultural projects in 2016
SSH Again Awarded #1 World Architectural Practice for Cultural projects in 2016 SSH is ranked #1 for Culture Architectural Design, #2 for Heritage Architectural Design, #3 for Infrastructure and #4 for Construction Management in Building Design World Architecture 100. Listed #3 amongst the ‘Top 10 Regional Practices’, the accolades reinforce our regional presence and celebrate our position as the architectural and engineering consultant, strategic partner and employer of choice in the MENA region. Read more
SSH announces extended Saudi presence at AHIC KSA
SSH 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 Petroleum
SSH attend Open Day at the College of Engineering and Petroleum SSH participated as a gold sponsor, in the annual Open day event at the College of Engineering and Petroleum, organised by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is always a pleasure talking to Kuwaiti students about how SSH always offers opportunities to support them in pursuing successful careers in architecture and engineering.
SSH award-winners appear in CID magazine
SSH award-winners appear in CID magazine Following the success of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) winning Interior Design of the Year, Public Sector at the CID Awards, the SSH team behind that success has now appeared in CID magazine’s recent issue. SSH’s Prashantha Pais, Project Architect, and Wassim Ghandour, Senior Interior Designer – Building Design, represented the company’s Interior Design Team at the event and are pictured holding the award. “We are very happy and this was a very challenging project. No words can describe our emotions and feelings,” they said, adding that the four separate buildings that make up the centre made JACC a “one of a kind” project to work on. The award judges “appreciated this modern twist on Arab architecture, with its graphite colouring and the use of symbolic patterns and poetry in a contemporary and artistic way. The project was particularly praised for the way it plays with light and shadow.”
SSH awarded Al Khiran Pearl Mixed Use Complex project in Kuwait
SSH awarded Al Khiran Pearl Mixed Use Complex project in Kuwait SSH has been awarded the Khiran Pearl Mixed Use Complex by Tamdeen Shopping Centers Company. SSH (and RTKL), will complete the design of the new resort-style recreational and residential space in Kuwait’s southern region. Located at the heart of Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City, the environmentally-friendly recreational waterfront development, adjoining a 900 berth luxury marina, will be the downtown to a community of approximately 200,000 people. Al Khiran will feature a 75,000 sqm “outlet centre ”fitting perfectly into the picturesque waterfront with an array of tempting restaurants, high quality entertainment appealing to all, two residential towers, one furnished apartments tower, and a 5-star hotel, defining Al Khiran as the largest multi-purpose destination in Kuwait complete with Riviera-like lifestyle and boardwalk concepts. At the heart of this world-class marina will be Al Khiran Park, an urban retreat with manmade landforms that lends itself seamlessly to open air family attractions and performance spaces. The innovative design of Al Khiran starts include a powerful arrival experience at its landscaped car parks, covered walkways along the marina and monumental palm promenades, all of which are purposefully crafted to provide sustainable integration with the surrounding environment.
SSH Awarded First Prize in the AGB International Design Competition
SSH Awarded First Prize in the AGB International Design Competition SSH was awarded First Prize in the AGB international design competition for the design of the Algeria Gulf Bank (AGB) headquarters in Algiers and is now providing construction supervision services on the KD 16 million project. The twin towers rise from a 29,514 sqm site. SSH followed a sustainable design philosophy and incorporated energy savings and the use of environmental friendly materials. The structure features a steel skeleton with composite slabs and the building is provided with a full range of services, including special security systems required for banks.
SSH awarded Hessah Al Mubarak design packages
SSH awarded Hessah Al Mubarak design packages SSH has recently signed the contract for the design of three packages for six plots at the Hessah Al Mubarak development in Kuwait City. SSH will provide consultancy services for each of the packages, including architectural, interior design, landscape, structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering design, quantity surveying, tender documentation, permitting and tendering services for the development of five residential towers with associated parking facilities, and low-rise townhouses. Plot 52 is a luxury 1,830 sqm residential tower with 74 apartments distributed over 26 floors. Plots 50 and 51 comprise luxury waterfront residential twin towers with a total area of 5,506 sqm, with 212 apartments distributed over 42 floors, including a mechanical floor. Plot 160 consists of residential twin towers with a total area of 5,509 sqm and features 210 apartments distributed over 42 floors, also including a mechanical floor. Plots 158 and 159 comprise 12 low-rise buildings, made up of townhouse duplexes. The buildings are spread on both sides of the project’s spine along the plots and contain 48 units in each compound. Both plots will feature 96 townhouse duplexes overall. SSH has additionally completed the design and supervision of infrastructure works, which were constructed by Al Ahmadiah Contracting and Trading Company. The Hessah Al Mubarak Development includes 82 plots for residential buildings (high-, medium- and low-rise apartment buildings and duplexes); serviced apartments; offices; clinics; health clubs; commercial activities; retail; food and beverage (F&B) outlets, a mosque and a multistorey car park building. The land allocation for the project spans 227,066 sqm of which close to 50 per cent is dedicated to public services and amenities. This includes gardens, open public spaces, urban plazas, streets and multistorey public parking and utilities. Gardens and green areas across the project have been allocated 23,400 sqm.
SSH awarded infrastructure contract for Hasabi Waterfront Development
SSH awarded infrastructure contract for Hasabi Waterfront Development SSH has been appointed by Manara Developments BSC to provide design and construction supervision of infrastructure for the Hasabi Waterfront Development in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The mixed-use Hasabi development was designed in line with the most advanced aesthetic and construction design standards. The project homes three- and four-bedroom residential villas, each with a private jetty, as well as commercial developments for sea-view restaurants and coffee shops to serve the daily needs of residents, in addition to beach facilities and residential buildings three and four floors high. The SSH scope of services comprise the design and construction supervision of infrastructure works for the project, which includes the design of all road and utility networks; the work is being undertaken in close coordination with the master planning consultant appointed by the client. “We are proud to have been awarded the contract to undertake the design and construction supervision of the infrastructure work for this major project in Bahrain,” said Mark Jamieson, Infrastructure Director for SSH. “The Hasabi Waterfront Development is an exciting project for SSH. Our specialist experience on similar schemes, combined with our extensive knowledge of the Bahraini infrastructure project market, will enable fast and efficient delivery of the infrastructure works, with our services specifically tailored to meet our client’s requirements.”
SSH Bahrain wins Ras Al Barr Resort project
SSH Bahrain wins Ras Al Barr Resort project SSH Bahrain has been awarded the prestigious Ras Al Barr Resort, by PK Development Company W.L.L. SSH won the contract to provide master planning, architecture and engineering consultancy services in the new 1.5 million sqm reclamation development located in the south of the country.SSH’s Design Director, Ray Phillips, and Architecture Director, Simon Dennison, will lead the design team located in our Bahrain office. SSH Bahrain General Manager, Andrew Barwick said: “We are delighted and proud to be working on one of Bahrain’s most anticipated developments located on the prestigious Ras Al Barr peninsular. SSH remains fully committed to delivering design quality and successful projects for our esteemed clients and for the Kingdom of Bahrain’’.
SSH boosts its World Architecture 100 ranking for 2019
SSH 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 brings integrated design to AHIC 2018
SSH brings integrated design to AHIC 2018 SSH is proud to announce it will be exhibiting at the UAE edition of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2018, running from 17-19 April at the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah. Join the SSH family and see true integrated design in motion at Stand G18 at the beachfront AHIC Village.
SSH Calls for More Collaboration with Universities at Façades Conference
SSH 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 Cape Town
SSH Cape Town Since its establishment in 2013, SSH Cape Town has evolved into a key office for healthcare and design delivery within SSH. From its initial offering, which focussed on healthcare architecture and medical planning, this centre of excellence has since become one of SSH’s largest offices. The multi-disciplinary office’s service offering now includes Healthcare and General Architecture, Engineering, as well as Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Bidding and Proposal support. In less than four years, SSH Cape Town’s headcount has expanded from seven to more than 250 employees, necessitating a relocation to a more suitable premises in 2016. The 2,500 sqm office space reflects SSH’s corporate branding and is conveniently located in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant Central Business District, providing easy access for staff and international visitors. To celebrate the achievements of the past years, SSH Cape Town had the honour of welcoming the Senior Executive group, who officially opened the office on 23 November 2016. Omran Hayat (Chairman of the SSH Board), Sadoon Al Essa (Executive Partner), Robert Hope, Matthew Squires, Ray Phillips and Danny Warde attended the event, with the Chairman leading the official opening. In his key note message to the SSH Cape Town staff, Chairman, Omran Hayat, expressed how his first impressions of the office was that of vibrancy and positive energy, while CEO, Bob Hope, emphasised the “pivotal role” SSH Cape Town fulfils. Resident Director, Adriaan Vorster, commented on the positive impact of SSH projects on South African staff in terms of development. Not only was this occasion a unique opportunity for staff members to interface directly with the Executives, but it simultaneously strengthened the ties between the South African office and the broader consultancy.
SSH Cape Town’s winning Soccer Superheroes
SSH Cape Town’s winning Soccer Superheroes SSH’s Cape Town office participated in a Mixed Corporate Soccer Tournament in celebration of National Women’s Month in South Africa in the first half of August. The superhero-themed event was aimed at empowering and motivating female football players with a heavy dose of fun. Teams comprised eight members who competed in 12-minute tournament matches, with rules stipulating that each team must have two female players on the field at all times. The fleet-footed SSH team competed in five matches and received a prize for being the overall winner of their category. Congratulations to our SSH Cape Town Soccer Superheroes, who are (as seen in their team photo): Back (from left): Denton Walters; Petula Purdon; Candice Hendricks; Danielle Scheepers; and Lize-Mari Erasmus. Front (from left): Ghaarith Steyn; Faseeg Roos; and Jose Storm. The next Mixed Corporate Soccer Tournament will take place in mid-September.
SSH Celebrate the opening of Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
SSH Celebrate the opening of Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Executive Partner, Sadoon Al Essa is interviewed by Kuwait TV During a TV interview with SSH’s Executive Partner Sadoon Al Essa and Engineer, Niyaz Khajah, Assistant Undersecretary at the Amiri Diwan, Sadoon said, “It was a challenge for us to complete the design and construction of a project of this size and complexity in 22 months. This achievement was made possible by the Amiri Diwan’s intervention in expediting the project and overcoming obstacles.” SSH was proud to be invited to join the opening ceremony of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (SJAACC) in Kuwait. SSH was the lead architecture and engineering designer working with the world’s renowned specialists in lighting, acoustics, theatre engineering and historical archives. To watch the interview; https://youtu.be/C-EVlRaxaNI
SSH Continues to Support Kuwaiti Talent
SSH Continues to Support Kuwaiti Talent Sadoon El-Essa, Executive Partner and Board Member of SSH, honoured the winners of the Engineering Design Exhibition organised by Kuwait University at the SSH Al-Hamra office. The winners of the Best Project Category were Samah Hassaneiah, Aisha Al-Dewli, Maysa Al-Moussawi, Reema Al-Enezi with their “Plastic Roads” project. Their research paper and presentation revealed that the use of plastic in the asphalt mix used to build roads, improved it’s durability, resilience to water damage and performance. SSH was a proud sponsor of this project as part of its continuous support to local talent and commitment to the improvement of the construction sector in the Middle East.
SSH Design for the Kuwait Children's Hospital revealed
SSH Design for the Kuwait Children's Hospital revealed SSH was appointed by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Works to provide a study and design for a new children’s hospital on a design-award-construct basis. The design was revealed by the Ministry of Public Works for the first time during the Arab Health Conference. The project is being undertaken by SSH in association with global architects HKS and engineering firm WSP. Representatives of SSH's Architecture and Healthcare Team attended the conference, a gathering of healthcare and trade professionals from throughout the MENA region were also in attendance at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. There has been a growth in demand for healthcare construction in the Middle East region and SSH, with its extensive experience in the sector across the globe, is well placed to contribute to the development of this sector. Our rich talent pool of shared professional expertise and knowledge is invaluable in a sector where design integrity matters, and facilitates collaboration with clients to create buildings that assist with the healing process. SSH continues to produce world-class architecture that facilitates faster recovery, improving the standard of care offered by the hospital’s operators. With the growth of the healthcare sector in terms of hospitals and the growing specialised healthcare workforce, alongside the technological developments, SSH is well placed to lead healthcare design into a new ‘gold standard’ generation of healthcare.
SSH discusses winning at façade design
SSH discusses winning at façade design David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH, shared his design expertise as part of a panel at the Cityscape Global Conference on 1 October 2018, at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City. At the conference under the panel topic ‘The War of Façades: what it takes to be a winner’, David and his fellow panellists discussed what architectural trends, challenges and developments are happening in the façades design sector. They also debated on whether facades create functional architecture, talked about the innovations taking place in the industry and deliberated on how such innovations evolve how facades are used. The conference took place yesterday ahead of the Cityscape Global Exhibition, which is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre today on 2 October 2018 to 4 October 2018, and where you can meet SSH’s Business Development team.
SSH exhibited at the Dubai Design District’s (d3) Event
SSH exhibited at the Dubai Design District’s (d3) Event SSH exhibited at the Dubai Design District’s (d3) Discover d3 @d3dubai event at d3 on 14-16 March 2017. Discover d3 is a regular showcase event that invites the public to get to know companies that call the design-oriented complex home. SSH’s contribution to the event was a stand in the main entrance of its Dubai offices exhibiting the company’s completed project, the iconic Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC) in Kuwait. Complex geometric forms inspired by Islamic architecture form the richly textured outer skin of JACC’s four buildings, which sit like jewels within a large public park. This results in a landmark design from SSH that exudes character, drama and heightens expectations. View video
SSH exhibits at ENCON1 event
SSH exhibits at ENCON1 event SSH exhibited at the 1st Consulting Services for Governmental Projects Forum (ENCON1) on 17-19 September 2017. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, and inaugurated by His Excellency Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, and the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, in co-ordination with the Consultant Selection Committee and the Federation of Kuwaiti Engineering Offices & Consultant Houses, ENCON1 is the first event of its kind in Kuwait. Created to foster greater partnership between the public and private sectors, the forum brought together engineering firms and consultancies with the aim of driving provision of services for government-backed projects for the State of Kuwait, in particular Kuwait’s 2035 strategic development plan. The SSH delegation, led by Executive Partner Sadoon Al Essa, featured key specialists to help showcase the company’s architectural and engineering pedigree for such projects. General Manager – Kuwait Khalil Alonaizi, among others, was also on hand to guide attendees through SSH’s more than 55 years of master planning, infrastructure, building design and construction supervision experience in the MENA region. Sadoon himself additionally gave his expert opinion in a panel discussion entitled ‘Registration, Qualification, Classification, Issuance and Evaluation of Consulting Services in Government Projects’. The efforts of SSH’s marketing team helped to make the company’s participation in the forum a success. ENCON1 was held at the Al Baraka Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Kuwait hotel. Find out more by visiting the website here.
SSH features in CID magazine
SSH features in CID magazine Commercial Interior Design magazine’s (CID) first issue of 2018 features David Daniels, Director of Architecture at SSH, as part of a panel at the designMENA Summit late last year in Dubai. In a session entitled 'Battling for Quality and Design Integrity', David, along with fellow panellists, discussed balancing quality with speed on project delivery, encouraging early and continuous input from clients, and how implementing value engineering early should help to keep material costs low without affecting the original design. "Value engineering tends to happen at the end of the project, but it should start on day one," David said. Of the event, David commented: "It was another amazing summit attended by some of the region's best people in the architecture and design industry. There was some great commentary from all speakers and panellists towards today's issues." Read coverage of the designMENA Summit 2017 here.
SSH founder visits London Interior Design and Landscape Architecture teams
SSH founder visits London Interior Design and Landscape Architecture teams SSH’s founding father Sabah Abi-Hanna (pictured in white blazer) paid a nostalgic visit to the company’s offices in London. Accompanied by Simon Dennison, Architecture Director for SSH (fourth from right), Sabah toured the site and met the London Interior Design and Landscape Architecture teams, led respectively by Design Principal – Interior Design Neville Smith (far right) and Principal Landscape Architect Dieter Wellmann (far left). Sabah said he was very excited to see SSH with a UK office once again. “I felt so much at home,” he said. “It brought back to me memories from the 1970s, when our relationship with the UK professional community started, culminating with SSC … in the mid-1980s.” SSH’s original UK satellite opened in 1979 under the name SSC, in the city of Bristol. The start-up not only provided much-needed design services for parent firm SSH, it also became a nexus for assimilating new skills and technology, such as early computer-aided design (CAD) programs. The current London stronghold of SSH has been in operation since 2014. “I wish SSH continuing success and growth” Sabah said of his legacy. “I hope to have the chance of visiting more of its offices around the world.”
SSH Grades the Next Generation of Architects
SSH 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 email@example.com. Please state either ‘Internship’ or ‘Graduate’ in the subject field, along with your discipline of interest and SSH office location of interest.
SSH Honoured for Health and Safety Commitments
SSH Honoured for Health and Safety Commitments SSH has recently been recognised for our continuous Health and Safety commitments to Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway project. Abhilash Sudhanandan, SSH’s Safety Inspector, was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for his dedication to the project, by the Ministry of Public Works Project Director, Engineer Mai Al Mesad. The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah causeway is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the GCC region. The causeway project provides new strategic highway routes to facilitate planned development to the north of Kuwait City and comprises two discrete elements; a main causeway linking Shuwaikh Port to Subiyah New Town and the Doha Link which crosses the south of Kuwait Bay linking Shuwaikh Port with the Doha motorway. SSH is committed to ensure the safety of its workforce and the welfare of the general public through its efficient health and safety team and policies. The company recently attained internationally-renowned OHSAS 18001 certificate in all our markets of operation, inclusive of Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. This complements our previous awards of ISO 14001 Environmental Standard Certification and the recertification of ISO 9001 by NQA, a UKAS accredited certification body. Robert Hope, Chief Executive Officer, said ‘this is another acknowledgement that SSH adheres to the highest international standards for our work and the protection of our environment, employees, customers and the wider community we operate in’. Read more
SSH in Top 100 world architectural practices for the 6th year
SSH in Top 100 world architectural practices for the 6th year In the 2016 edition of the WA100, Building Design World Architecture 100 survey has recognised SSH’s leadership across all categories. With a top-ten ranking in all four primary criteria— Culture, Heritage, Infrastructure and Construction Management, SSH took third place overall among other Middle East practices and was ranked 72nd globally. SSH ranked first in the Culture and third in the Infrastructure categories for the second consecutive year. This reinforces our strong regional presence and continues to demonstrate an inspired commitment to Architecture. SSH earned the second place rank in the Heritage and fourth in the Construction Management categories, which celebrates our leading role in shaping the built environment and infrastructure of the modern Middle East. The annual World Architecture 100 compendium is administered by Building Design who surveys the world's biggest architecture practices to create a report that is one of the most respected annual publications in the industry. This year, world’s practices were ranked not only by their design portfolio but also by the number of fee earning architects they employ. SSH was selected in the Top 100 list ahead of 1278 other global architecture companies. Read more
SSH is making an impact in the media
SSH is making an impact in the media SSH continues its press story streak, with appearances in Design Middle East, The Big 5 Hub, Cityscape Global, Middle East Architect and Commercial Interior Design (CID) magazines among others during September. The news of Matt Squires becoming our new CEO is still in the public eye, with just one example being reported in the September edition of Design Middle East. SSH’s Design Principal – Studio David Daniels’ involvement in an advisory board meeting for the upcoming designMENA summit received coverage in both CID and Middle East Architect magazines for September. Dubai’s design market has become “a lot savvier”, David said. “It’s not about iconography anymore. It’s about quality. There’s a lot more intelligence on the side of developers and clients,” he added. Meanwhile, at the recent Big 5 Outdoor Design & Build Show, September’s edition of The Big 5 Hub featured a splash interview with SSH’s Principal Landscape Architect Boris Fabinski, where he explains how cities in the Middle East are evolving from being car-dominated to becoming more liveable spaces. SSH has received increased media attention of late, so expect to see more of us in the coming months.
SSH judge congratulates Design Middle East award-winners
SSH 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 launches its Qatar office announcing two new projects in the country
SSH launches its Qatar office announcing two new projects in the country SSH has launched its Qatar office and revealed designs of its recently awarded projects along with clients, strategic and media partners during a dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Doha. SSH COO and Qatar Resident Director, Matthew Squires has also revealed the designs of the first awarded projects in the country; Specialist Clinical Centre for Dental, Dermatology and Diabetes Services in Hamad Medical City and Wakrah Mall. Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) awarded SSH the design development contract for the new Specialist Clinical Centre for Dental, Dermatology and Diabetes Services. The project has six interconnected buildings consisting of a shared three level basement totalling 64,000 sqm and ground floor plus four upper levels totalling 61,000 sqm, to deliver a “super-clinic” care facility. Wakrah Mall, by E’EMAR Development & Real Estate Investment, will include retail shopping, a hypermarket, restaurants and sports and recreational activities. SSH scope of services includes multidisciplinary design services for the new mall, with a built up area of approximately 50,000 sqm. CEO Bob Hope explains that ‘it’s an exciting time for SSH. Our business strategy of blending international talent with local and regional expertise is exceeding our expectations. We are privileged to be welcomed in Qatar, and to be able to contribute to the fulfilment of the National 2030 Vision, supported by our clients and strategic partners.’ COO and Qatar Resident Director, Matthew Squires added, ‘We successfully gained our A-grade MMUP license whilst in parallel executed a focused marketing plan resulting in the award of these two prestigious projects within a short space of time after entering in market’.
SSH 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 Makes an Impact at ENCON2 Exhibition
SSH 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 moves up in ENR’s Top International Design Firms 2018 Ranking
SSH moves up in ENR’s Top International Design Firms 2018 Ranking SSH has seen a positive shift in position in ENR Magazine’s annual Top International Design Firm ranking for 2018. This year’s list ranks SSH at 91 out of a total of 225 international design companies, a jump of four places from its ranking of 95 for 2017’s results. The ENR listing ranks companies based on total revenue achieved for design-oriented services delivered beyond their home markets over the course of 2017. In the respected industry publication’s editorial overview accompanying the ranking, ENR states the global design market is sluggish, but that local politics and a potential trade war could stall any recovery. Despite this bleak outlook, ENR quotes Matt Squires, CEO of SSH, as saying SSH is facing the market well. “Even though our rapid growth indicates otherwise, during this past period we have found the GCC markets to be soft with an extremely competitive environment,” Matt is quoted as saying in ENR’s overview. “We have positioned ourselves well, making our offering and value proposition attractive to withstand these market pressures.” Read what else Matt had to say in ENR’s 2018 Top 225 story Political Headwinds Worry International Design Firms, and see the full ranking online here.
SSH Oman offers conference delegates Basic Revit training
SSH 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 Oman wins Consultant of the Year award
SSH Oman wins Consultant of the Year award SSH Oman was awarded Consultant of the Year 2015 at the Construction Week Oman Awards Dinner that took place at the Grand Hyatt Muscat. SSH’s investment in Oman reflects the shareholders interests and commitment to the Sultanate. This commitment has resulted in us working on key projects such as the Royal Opera House Galleria, Oman’s Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Word Architecture Festival award-winning Junoot Eco Resort. Alistair Young, SSH’s Associate Director received the award on behalf of SSH Oman’s Resident Director Danny Warde. Alistair stated that, ‘It’s a great honour for SSH to be recognised for our hard work in Oman. Over the past 5 years we have successfully established ourselves as the “Consultant of Choice” in the market and also gained the trust of many significant clients and strategic partners who are equally committed to facilitating the fulfilment of the Sultanate’s vision to ‘reflect the historic, cultural and natural heritage and ethos of traditional hospitality’.
SSH Open Office as part of Dubai Design Week
SSH Open Office as part of Dubai Design Week David Daniels, Principal Architect at SSH commented on the event, ‘We are delighted to be a part of Dubai Design Week, which is a fantastic week of design and innovation at d3. We truly feel a part of the d3 community and felt it was only fair to open up our ‘shop’ to young eager design graduates, the media and any interested parties that want to see the cutting edge work we are undertaking and accomplishing at SSH. We are continuing to grow our hugely talented team at SSH and this represents a commitment to build on the success our team has accomplished, in Dubai and across the region.”
SSH participate in ‘Common Factors for Women Success Conference 2016’ in Kuwait
SSH participate in ‘Common Factors for Women Success Conference 2016’ in Kuwait SSH participated in the ‘Common Factors for Women Success Conference 2016’ as a silver sponsor. The Conference was arranged by Kuwait's first corporate social responsibility organization, Safira CSR. Under the patronage of her Excellency, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Mrs. Hind Al Subaih and the attendance of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth, Sheikha Al Zain Al Sabah and other esteemed guests. The event was attended by Kuwait's General Manager, Khalil Alonaizi and Head of Interior Design, Sebaa Al Orabi. Hala Tfayli, SSH's Head of Marketing and Communications, received the award on behalf of SSH. Khalil Alonaizi said of the event, "We always look to give back to society by supporting talented people and providing the best environment for development and growth. Our support for this event comes from our belief in the immense value women bring to our business, whether working for SSH or amongst our clients". "Our participation is testament to SSHs commitment to promoting a performance-based culture. Performance is a fundamental requirement for professional development and growth at SSH, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or gender" said CEO Bob Hope. In the same spirit, SSH has launched ‘Women in SSH (WISSH)’, a group dedicated to working towards educating and empowering women within our firm to enable them to play a greater role within the business.
SSH Participate in Dubai Design Week
SSH Participate in Dubai Design Week Open Studio Thursday 27 October,guided tours will take place at 1.15pm and 2.45pm. Building 6, Office 201-203A Dubai Design District (d3) Coinciding with the one year anniversary of opening our Dubai office, SSH will open our doors to the public for the first time for an Open Office event where representatives of SSH will be providing insights into how SSH is shaping the built environment and infrastructure of the modern Middle East. About Dubai Design Week Dubai Design Week is one of the world’s youngest and most ambitious international design weeks, created to shine a spotlight on Dubai as a leading design hub, and share the UAE’s thriving design scene with the world at large. Dubai Design Week was established in 2015 by Art Dubai Group in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), and is held under the dedicated patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Dubai Design Week is also supported by Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. In Dubai’s collaborative spirit, and as a reflection of the city’s global outlook, its design week is both regional and international in scope, encompasses public and private spheres, culture, education and entertainment, and spans multiple disciplines, ranging from graphic and product design to architecture and industrial design. Panels, keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops all contribute to the greater discussion of what design means for the region and the world. From 24 to 29 October 2016, the citywide celebration of design enthrals Dubai with design, engaging the local community and visitors alike. www.dubaidesignweek.ae
SSH partners with University of Salford to offer summer internship
SSH partners with University of Salford to offer summer internship SSH’s inaugural summer internship programme was successfully launched this year. Want to know what it’s like to intern at one of the MENA regions’ leading architecture and engineering consultancies? Meet 22 year old Tamara Karim, a student at the University of Salford, UK, currently studying Architecture Design and Technology. Having previously worked as a junior architect for Architect CT, focusing on interior design and architectural work, Tamara applied for the summer internship after seeing an advert calling for ambitious architecture students keen to relocate to the Middle East for an intense summer programme. After fierce competition and two rigorous interviews, her passion and dedication stood out and an offer was made. During her time at SSH, where she was Kuwait-based, Tamara experienced working for a company that has been adding to GCC cityscapes for decades, working side-by-side with our architectural studio team, learning more about the architectural business. Tamara’s duties included architectural sketching, research to create mood boards, turning them into conceptual ideas and drafting clients’ presentations for proposals and competitions. She also attended team meetings, discussing how to take the clients’ requirements and put them into concept. Working on a diverse range of projects that included two mixed-use towers in Downtown Dubai and Ras Al Bar Resort in addition to a master planning project in Bahrain, and the Kuwait Oil Company Housing project, she was able to improve her craft. She learned and practised her work using IT packages such as In-Design, Photoshop, AutoCAD and Rhino. With these skills, international experience, and a range of large-scale projects in her portfolio, Tamara has made a positive impact on her future, she feels ‘more independent and with a clearer view of her career path’. Particularly inspired by two strong female leaders at SSH, Business Development Director Karen Mort and Head of Interior Design Sebaa Orabi. ‘The office has an amazing atmosphere, with great experts that were there to help and teach throughout my whole journey. I’ve learnt a lot and made a lot of new friends’, highlights Tamara, who has also learnt a very important skill: networking. Whilst in Kuwait, Tamara had the opportunity to attend an Alumni Network event hosted by the University of Salford, where she connected with experts in diversified fields, received expert advice and was able to get some impressive contacts which she plans to put to good use once she graduates. Karen Mort, SSH’s Business Development Director stated that ‘SSH is pleased to have provided the opportunity for a talented young professional. We are always pleased to hear from ambitious students from our strategic partners, the University of Salford, either undergraduates looking to boost their skills and experience in a summer internship, or graduates who are looking for a career opportunity in the Middle East’.
SSH presents case for cloud-based sharing platforms
SSH presents case for cloud-based sharing platforms Eoin Nield, SSH’s BIM Manager, presented a case study to delegates at the Autodesk Futures’ Forum, an event that explores future technologies and their application by design professionals working across the architecture, consulting and contracting sectors. The forum was held at IMG Worlds of Adventure, in Dubai. Entitled ‘From Paper to Vapour – Demystifying Design in the Cloud’, Eoin’s presentation outlined SSH’s shift to cloud-based sharing platforms and the subsequent benefits this has for multi-regional design teams. “By adopting cloud-based sharing methodologies, SSH has optimised data-transfer processes between regional teams to increase collaboration and develop streamlined design review and document control processes,” Eoin said. Since utilising cloud-oriented processes, SSH has increased its efficiencies as an architecture and engineering consultancy and improved inter-departmental communications across its design teams stationed around the Middle East region and beyond.
SSH presents JACC as leading edge of cultural building innovation at KISR Concourse
SSH presents JACC as leading edge of cultural building innovation at KISR Concourse Delegates at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research’s (KISR’s) Innovation Concourse received a special presentation explaining the creative and practical considerations underpinning the design of the country’s latest cultural complex, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre (JACC), by architecture and engineering consultancy SSH. The event was held on Wednesday 22 February 2017, at the KISR Shuwaikh Campus in the capital city. The KISR Innovation Concourse aims to highlight various aspects of innovative approaches to design, from the initial inspiration, through practical invention and application, to the commercialisation of such projects. The event culminated in a spotlight presentation that showcased an accomplishment made in one of these areas. The SSH developed JACC is Kuwait’s latest contribution to the country’s cultural landscape. Cultural buildings are some of the most important focal points of a city. They act as a nexus for creativity, encouraging cultural interaction, celebrating international and local talent, being a primer for education and helping to inspire new, fresh perspectives within the artistic community. To mirror this artistic ethos, cultural centres must be architecturally dynamic, awe-inspiring structures. Contemporary and aesthetically pleasing design must blend seamlessly with practical and flexible functionality, utilising cutting-edge building techniques, materials, technologies and practices. This is of increased importance in the harsher climates of the Middle East, where such institutions must be capable of withstanding environmental extremes without compromising their primary function. This need to adapt to the region’s climate often leads to new public buildings becoming a showcase for structural and environmental innovation. The JACC development, which opened to the public late last year, epitomises these ideals and is the centrepiece of a wider national cultural district, also master planned by SSH. Ray Phillips, Design Director, CSO and Senior Partner at SSH, and Lead Designer of the JACC, described to delegates how, by working closely with the client, an initial design brief had been developed outlining the scope and ultimate vision for the scheme. The guidelines, for four core structures encompassing the different practical aspects and site considerations for the development, led to the ‘four jewels’ concept for the centre. The main buildings are encased in an Islamic-inspired geometric titanium envelope, which are designed to interact with light and shadow and are set like jewels within extensive landscaped grounds. The highly textured outer skin has resulted in a dramatic external aesthetic against the surrounding public spaces that sees the JACC stand out as a major focal point of the Kuwait City skyline. This outer casing also acts as temperature regulation and a protective watertight weather shield for the core structures beneath, with their creative functions – a Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and National Library for Historical Documents – becoming the creative “jewels within jewels” of the development. Inside, the core structures highly flexible spaces have been designed, with aspects, including the Conference Centre, able to physically transform to accommodate the practical public needs of the complex. The interior public areas are beautifully designed, but also practical, carrying the external canopies’ Islamic-inspired design language into the interior spaces via further geometric forms and Islamic calligraphy. “Working together with the client, SSH embarked on a design journey to realise a series of dramatic yet flexible buildings. Careful planning enabled us to fulfil the client’s ultimate vision for a cultural space that will be a new centrepiece for creativity, not only for Kuwait, but also the wider Middle East,” said SSH’s Ray Phillips at the concourse event.
SSH presents outline of BIM compliance at ‘BIM: A Roadmap for Kuwait’ Conference
SSH presents outline of BIM compliance at ‘BIM: A Roadmap for Kuwait’ Conference Kuwait University’s College of Architecture hosted a conference to discuss the development of a roadmap for BIM adoption in Kuwait. The conference, entitled ‘BIM: A Roadmap for Kuwait’, took place on Monday 27th March 2017 in Kuwait and was attended by several key building industry professionals from Kuwait Municipality, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), Amiri Diwan and many others. As an example of BIM compliance, Eoin Nield, BIM Manager at SSH, presented an outline of the recent BIM mandates introduced by the Dubai Municipality (DM) and the subsequent challenges facing consultants, authorities, contractors and supply chains. Drawing on this experience, Eoin recommended that the MPW should consider establishing a steering committee for BIM in Kuwait to “…draw together government legislators, building industry professionals and end users to develop a robust BIM protocol for government projects”. Eoin was particularly supportive of the MPW’s intention to introduce a BIM mandate. “In considering BIM mandates, the MPW is embracing the value-added proposition of BIM methodologies and how they can aid in increased inter-disciplinary communication and collaboration to minimise construction risks and costs,” he said.
SSH Presents Regional Case for Affordable Housing
SSH 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 ranked #8th place amongst GCC’s Top 25 MEP consultants
SSH ranked #8th place amongst GCC’s Top 25 MEP consultants SSH placed #8 in the Middle East’s Top 25 MEP Consultants, by a leading publication, MEP Middle East. Read the full article here.
SSH ranked #92 in the Top 225 International Design Firms
SSH ranked #92 in the Top 225 International Design Firms SSH ranked #92 in the Top 225 International Design Firms, by world-renowned ENR, a continuous upward climb from previous years.
SSH ranks amongst the world’s best architectural practices for 2015
SSH ranks amongst the world’s best architectural practices for 2015 SSH is proud to announce we rank amongst the Top 100 Architecture companies in the world for the 5th year in a row. Ranked by World Architecture 100. Now in its 22nd year running, BD Online World Architecture 100 survey gathered data from over 1,400 practices to compile this year’s top 100 firms worldwide, making it a definite guide into today’s leaders in the industry. SSH’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Hope, said "this is a phenomenal achievement for the whole SSH family who work so hard towards SSH’s continuous success. It’s also reassuring to our clients and international partners who increasingly place their trust in us to know that they are in safe hands with one of the best firms in the industry". Click here to see the World Architecture100 2015 survey results.
SSH ranks amongst Top 20 MEP Consultants in the Middle East
SSH ranks amongst Top 20 MEP Consultants in the Middle East SSH’s growing MEP Team have been ranked #7 amongst the Top 20 MEP Consultants by for MEP Middle East Magazine in the 2016 edition. The publication’s survey has recognised SSH’s leadership across the region’s MEP consulting community, our top-ten ranking for two years in a row. The team is primarily based out of SSH’s Dubai office, but flexible and mobile to work on our regional projects. Always striving for greatness, SSH is an advocate for improvement in MEP delivery across the region, using BIM and Revit in all our projects, providing extensive training internally, and striving to support higher expectations from clients. The annual power list is administered by MEP Middle East who surveys the regions’ largest MEP consultants based on revenues achieved in 2015 and forecast for 2016. Consequently, the team size of our operation, the number of MEP and BIM engineers based in the region, as well as number of GCC nationals and women working at SSH were taken into consideration. Read more
SSH ranks in ENR’s Top International Design Firms
SSH ranks in ENR’s Top International Design Firms SSH has increased its rank in ENR Magazine’s annual Top International Design Firms list for 2017. ENR’s list sees SSH achieve a rank of 95 out of the 225 total international design companies that appear in this year’s results. For the Top International Design Firms for 2017, ENR ranked companies based on total revenue achieved for design services delivered outside their home countries during 2016. The full listing can be found online here.
SSH Ranks Seventh in Top 20 MEP Consultancies in Region
SSH 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 receives Special Performance Award
SSH receives Special Performance Award The Ministry of Public Works presented the Special Performance Award to SSH in recognition of our utmost cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works and the contractor for the construction supervision of the Outer Bypass Project which was completed on time, within budget and to the complete satisfaction of the Ministry in Kuwait.
SSH recognised as #1 for Cultural Architecture in the Middle East 2015
SSH recognised as #1 for Cultural Architecture in the Middle East 2015 SSH was announced as the top Cultural Architectural Global Practice by the World Architecture 100 and #8 for Heritage Architecture. Read more here.
SSH Returned to RAK for AHIC 2019
SSH 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 reveals designs for the prestigious Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre
SSH reveals designs for the prestigious Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre SSH unveiled its innovative designs for Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, a 214,000 sqm development which will become the epicentre of the Kuwait City’s cultural life. The multi-faceted parkland complex will celebrate Kuwaiti, Islamic and Arab culture and history. It will also showcase the diversity of the world’s finest cultural achievements. SSH’s Design Director, Ray Phillips, said, “Our designs reflect the scale and international vision of the Cultural Centre. Whether viewing the structures from the outside or the inside, visitors will see an inspiring and constantly changing juxtaposition of geometric shapes and materials. This celebrates the diversity of cultural expression and we are confident it will attract the world’s leading performers, musicians, business leaders and academics.” The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre is a project led by Amiri Diwan on behalf of the government of Kuwait.
SSH Sessions Continue – 2: From Sketch to Digital to Reality
SSH Sessions Continue – 2: From Sketch to Digital to Reality As part of Dubai Design Week 2018, SSH Sessions is a series of three architectural talks that will give students, graduate architects, keen building design enthusiasts or even industry personnel the chance to gain an invaluable taste of architectural and engineering consultancy expertise. At 10am-11am on 13 Nov, SSH Sessions 2, ‘From Sketch to Digital to Reality’ – introduced by Director of Architecture David Daniels, and presented by Principle Architect Abdelmonem Refaat – exposes the design processes that produce landmark buildings. Posing the question ‘Do architects still sketch?’, this session explains how the ability to sketch out that spark of an idea is only the beginning of this process. With only 12 places per session, attendees must reserve their space for this exclusive opportunity. Registration and attendance is free and on a first come, first served, basis. To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject field, please state your Name, SSH Sessions, then the title of the session you wish to attend. You can also find us on the Dubai Design Week website, www.dubaidesignweek.ae. Dubai Design Week runs from 12-17 November 2018.
SSH Sessions Deliver – 3: Small to Tall – What Next?
SSH Sessions Deliver – 3: Small to Tall – What Next? As part of Dubai Design Week 2018, SSH Sessions is a series of three architectural talks that will give students, graduate architects, keen building design enthusiasts or even industry personnel the chance to gain an invaluable taste of architectural and engineering consultancy expertise. At 10am-11am on 14 Nov, SSH Sessions 3, ‘Small to Tall – What Next?’, offers a peak into the future of building tall and how the architecture and engineering industry must continue to innovate and adapt to the challenges of reaching for the sky. And as we move into a new era of social, economic and climatic change, the session will question how these bastions of architecture will evolve and adapt. With only 12 places per session, attendees must reserve their space for this exclusive opportunity. Registration and attendance is free and on a first come, first served, basis. To book your place, please email email@example.com. In the subject field, please state your Name, SSH Sessions, then the title of the session you wish to attend. You can also find us on the Dubai Design Week website, www.dubaidesignweek.ae. Dubai Design Week runs from 12-17 November 2018.
SSH Sessions kick off – 1: Women in Architecture
SSH Sessions kick off – 1: Women in Architecture As part of Dubai Design Week 2018, SSH Sessions is a series of three architectural talks that will give students, graduate architects, keen building design enthusiasts or even industry personnel the chance to gain an invaluable taste of architectural and engineering consultancy expertise. At 10am-11am on 12 Nov, SSH Sessions 1, ‘Women in Architecture’ – introduced by Director of Architecture David Daniels, and presented by Senior Architect Crystal Botma, Project Architect Nikoleta Stefanaki, and Architect Zanche Visser – will cover what kind of academic and career progression women entering the industry can expect, as well as examine societal expectations, before celebrating the leading achievements of women in architecture, among other interesting points. With only 12 places per session, attendees must reserve their space for this exclusive opportunity. Registration and attendance is free and on a first come, first served, basis. To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject field, please state your Name, SSH Sessions, then the title of the session you wish to attend. You can also find us on the Dubai Design Week website, www.dubaidesignweek.ae. Dubai Design Week runs from 12-17 November 2018.
SSH Sessions Talks a Success at Dubai Design Week
SSH 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 shortlisted for LinkedIn Talent Awards MENA
SSH shortlisted for LinkedIn Talent Awards MENA Global business and employment social media platform LinkedIn has selected SSH’s Talent Acquisition Team as a finalist in its annual LinkedIn Talent Awards for 2018. Split into three regional awards – Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, Africa and Turkey – SSH was shortlisted within the LinkedIn Talent Awards MENA region for the Best Talent Acquisition Team – Kuwait category. By using its powerful analytics tools, LinkedIn scrutinises the performance, results and impact of more than 1,000 companies headquartered in each participating country that utilise its LinkedIn Solutions service. Coupled with specific criteria to help shortlist candidates, LinkedIn can then impartially select the winners for each category. For the Best Talent Acquisition Team Middle East & North Africa category, the criteria are: Proficiency in Recruiter usage – average team LinkedIn Recruiter Index (LRI) Influenced hires Job Slot utilisation “We are delighted to be nominated for this award,” said Irfan Dean, Talent Acquisition Manager at SSH. “In this digital age, partnering with LinkedIn has enabled us to reach more candidates than ever before. This nomination validates the efforts of our Talent Acquisition team, who work incredibly hard to seek the best candidates, meet their needs, as well as promote awareness of our opportunities and why SSH is an attractive place to work.” Winners for the awards will be announced between October and December 2018. In recent years, SSH has experienced huge growth, with its projects pipeline increasing and the company expanding to match capacity. The past five years have seen staff numbers grow from approximately 300 to around 1,400 today.
SSH Showcase at the Design Pavilion by d3 @ GIES
SSH Showcase at the Design Pavilion by d3 @ GIES SSH were delighted to take part in the Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES), the region’s premier forum on the Islamic economy as part of Dubai Design Week. GIES brought together world-class experts across different industry sectors to directly address the greatest challenges and opportunities in the Islamic economy. SSH were selected to display images of building designs that illustrate how some of our architectural projects have been inspired by classical Islamic design. It was curated by Cyril Zammit, Fair Director of Design Days Dubai and Director of Dubai Design Week. The d3 Design Pavilion brought together a selection of photography, and physical design pieces that showcase Islamic design and architecture across the Middle East. The display received extremely positive reviews and feedback from all delegates, and was itself visited by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
SSH showcases at AHIC Event
SSH showcases at AHIC Event SSH will be exhibiting at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on 25-27 April 2017. As the only architecture and engineering consultant at the event, SSH will showcase its experience in delivering hospitality projects across the MENA region. SSH experts will be making an appearance at the event, with Design Principal, Studio, David G. Daniels presenting a talk about Hotels of the Future. CEO Bob Hope, CSO Ray Phillips and Associate Director, Hospitality, Clinton Bull will also be in attendance.
SSH speaks at Kuwait Health, Safety & Security Forum
SSH speaks at Kuwait Health, Safety & Security Forum Stewart Cripps, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager at SSH, was invited to be part of a panel at the first Kuwait Health, Safety & Security Forum 2018, held on 24-25 September at the JW Marriott in Kuwait. The inaugural event was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Basel Hamoud Hamad Al Sabah, from the Ministry of Health, Kuwait. The Health, Safety & Security Forum Kuwait 2018 highlighted the best practices, process improvements, technological advancements and innovative applications to enhance HSE performance in Kuwait, and was attended by industry representatives from the private and public sector. Moderated by Dr. Ivan D. Ivanov of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Stewart and fellow panellist, Dr. Sajed Al Abdali of Equate Petrochemical Company, discussed the topic ‘Respect the Unexpected – Think Through Your Risks’ and responded to queries from forum attendees. The forum was a welcome success, according to Stewart. “Forums like these are important so that all agencies in Kuwait can get an understanding of what is required to improve their safety culture,” he added after the event.
SSH speaks at Outdoor Design and Build Show 2017
SSH speaks at Outdoor Design and Build Show 2017 SSH’s Boris Fabinski, Principal Landscape Architect, hosted a presentation at the recent Outdoor Design and Build Show 2017. In his session entitled, ‘Designing in the Existing Public Realm of Dubai’, Boris outlined the challenges, opportunities and solutions involved with creating outdoor spaces and integrating them with the surrounding urban city environment. Citing a case study of where urban landscape design could greatly improve parts of Dubai, Boris then showed delegates what urban city life could be like for habitants in the future. “I gained lots of positive feedback,” said Boris of his presentation. “Dubai is a city that realises that well-designed urban areas, that utilise smart technologies and are more physically integrated, will help it become an even more attractive and liveable place for its citizens and visitors alike.”
SSH specialists honoured by Kuwait Fire Department (KFD)
SSH specialists honoured by Kuwait Fire Department (KFD) In a ceremony at SSH’s Kuwait offices on 29 January 2018, the Kuwait Fire Department (KFD) honoured a specialist team from SSH for developing material and delivering training sessions on smoke ventilation design in buildings for KFD trainee HVAC engineers. The SSH-led training sessions, held from 14-18 January 2018, were hosted by Mohammed Tanveer Taj, Principal Mechanical Engineer and Makram Kataya, Project Mechanical Engineer, with the workshops being organised by Statutory Authority Co-ordinator Reza Aghili. The scope included the theory and principles of smoke ventilation design and system objectives. The workshops also made use of some SSH projects as case studies to demonstrate the particular issues associated with the design of systems in large underground car parks, high-rise buildings and atria. The workshops were so well received that senior KFD personnel also attended the training sessions. In appreciation of SSH’s collaboration with the KFD, leading KFD officials representing various governorates of Kuwait held a ceremony for Tanveer, Makram and Reza, presenting them with certificates of appreciation, and presenting Sadoon Al Essa, Executive Partner at SSH, with a plaque for their efforts. Also in attendance were key SSH personnel: George Abi-Hanna, Managing Director, Kuwait; Khalil Alonaizi, General Manager, Kuwait; Paul Crayford, Engineering Director – Building Design; Jacquelyn Portman, Associate Director – Building Services; and Ahmed Essawi, Statutory Authority Manager. The success of this first raft of workshops has led to further discussions of collaboration between SSH and the KFD, with advanced regulatory training sessions on the agenda.
SSH sponsored the 11th Hospital Design and Infrastructure 2014 conference in Dubai
SSH sponsored the 11th Hospital Design and Infrastructure 2014 conference in Dubai SSH sponsored the 11th Hospital Design and Infrastructure 2014 conference in Dubai where SSH’s healthcare specialists, Dr. Angela Burke and Architect Zaki Tork, were guest speakers. They gave a presentation on the use of intelligent software technologies and their benefits for delivering future MENA region healthcare projects. SSH incorporate the use of intelligent software technologies in all our designs to increase efficiency and improve hospital project delivery. They spoke with practical experince of designing hospitals throughout the MENA region.
SSH Strengthens its Healthcare Team
SSH Strengthens its Healthcare Team SSH made three key appointments to ensure its Healthcare team offers world class consultancy services on medical projects in the MENA region. Adriaan Vorster leads the team which has 35 years combined healthcare project experience. Their proven track record includes the planning, design and collaboration on more than 100 large-scale healthcare facilities in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Adriaan has extensive experience of working to the highest international standards and leading the design and delivery process of complex, large scale state-of-the art medical facilities. Alongside Adriaan, Lennie Joubert brings extensive international experience and he will provide specialist architectural and project management input. Liezl De Jager specialises in Medical Planning and works with facility staff to prepare a detailed schedule of accommodation leading to further detailed medical design development. Adriaan said “We are all delighted to be joining SSH and bringing our complementary skills together to benefit SSH clients. He added “Our team is well versed in delivering state-of-the-art facilities and in protecting the design integrity of each project throughout the complex and sometimes protracted value engineering process.
SSH stresses the importance of simplified PPP projects
SSH stresses the importance of simplified PPP projects Michael Brown, Senior Bid Manager at SSH, delivered a presentation at the 8th annual PPP and Project Financing conference, in Dubai. The event explored the regulatory framework underpinning public-private partnerships (PPP) and alternative finance mechanisms in the MENA region, and how best to utilise the various project finance models available on the market. Michael stressed the need to simplify PPP projects, streamline procurement processes and for the project finance sector to be more selective over which schemes the PPP model should be applied.
SSH 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 Day
SSH 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 takes part in ME Smart Landscape Summit panel
SSH takes part in ME Smart Landscape Summit panel Boris Fabinski, Principal Landscape Architect at SSH, took part in a panel discussion at the fifth annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2017, held in Dubai. The summit aimed to promote the Middle East’s commitment to the sustainable growth of green spaces, outline innovative approaches towards green transformation, and encourage investment in green infrastructure. Boris, with other panellists from the urban design, real estate development and landscape design sectors, discussed Dubai’s Plan 2021, the government’s mandate to deliver urban environments – both natural and built – to improve the emirate’s liveability for its citizens and visitors. They also focused on how designers can facilitate better connectivity between the city’s green spaces through public transport infrastructure, pedestrian access, and increased cycle-path networks.
SSH team attend Arabian World Construction Summit in Abu Dhabi
SSH team attend Arabian World Construction Summit in Abu Dhabi SSH sponsored a key award and exhibited at MEED Arabian World Construction Summit in Abu Dhabi. SSH is currently working in Abu Dhabi on the interior design of the Presidential Palace along with Xavier Cartron. We are proud to be part of this eminent landmark project which reinforces Abu Dhabi’s leadership within the UAE and GCC.
SSH to Exhibit at SHIC 2019
SSH 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 follow planned leadership transition from 1 September 2017
SSH to follow planned leadership transition from 1 September 2017 SSH today announces that, after five years at the helm, CEO Bob Hope will be stepping down from his position and will be handing over to Matt Squires, SSH’s current COO, as part of the group’s ongoing succession strategy. Bob will remain in a supporting advisory capacity for the remainder of the calendar year and will also continue to provide ongoing consultancy support to the group Chairman. SSH Chairman Omran Hayat stated: “On behalf of myself and the Board of SSH, we would like to thank Bob for five years of outstanding service to SSH and in leading the transformation of the group from being a highly respected local design consultancy into a leading multidisciplinary design consultancy group across the MENA region. Bob has developed a solid leadership team at SSH and, as part of this team, Matt has been developed as his successor. This news demonstrates both our commitment to internal staff development and the success of our succession strategy. I'm sure that Matt will now build on the foundation established to date and take SSH to even greater future success, and I congratulate him on his promotion.” Bob Hope stated: 'I would like to thank the Chairman and the SSH Board, along with all the wonderfully talented people we have throughout SSH, for their hard work and support to me over the past five years. We have built upon SSH's proud 50-year local legacy and transformed the group into a regional industry leader delivering world-class projects to high-calibre clients as their consultant of choice. Now is the right time for me to step aside and let the new SSH leadership take the organisation forward for the future. I'm really pleased to be handing over to Matt who will, I’m sure, be an excellent CEO for the SSH group.” Matt Squires stated: “Following five years of meteoric growth and increased brand awareness across the MENA region, SSH has created a great platform in our selected markets to strengthen our position as a trusted partner to our clients and strategic partners. I have greatly enjoyed working with Bob in transitioning the business over the past five years in my role as Chief Operating Officer. I am excited to work with Omran, the Board and the entire SSH family to continue to strengthen SSH’s standing, and support our talented staff to realise their individual potential within a challenging, fun environment.” Matt will be leading the SSH delegation to the Cityscape Global real estate event in Dubai as CEO in early September and will make himself available for interviews and further comment at this time. Please contact Tanya Lowe at Tanya.Lowe@sshic.com for appointment slots.
SSH to lead infrastructure and master plan Marsa Al Seef mixed-use project
SSH to lead infrastructure and master plan Marsa Al Seef mixed-use project SSH has been appointed by Marsa Al Seef Real Estate Investment Company to provide the design of Primary Infrastructure and updating of Master Planning services for the Marsa Al Seef mixed-use development, located on the northern coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain. SSH’s services cover the initial 122-hectare site forming the first phase of what will ultimately be a 235-hectare project. The Marsa Al Seef development will be a self-contained waterfront city with extensive residential and leisure components, and complementary commercial opportunities set off-shore from the historic traditional fishing villages of Bahrain. SSH is a leading provider of infrastructure, master planning, building design, and construction supervision services in the region, with more than 130 projects in the team’s collective portfolio. The project will be designed and managed by the team at the SSH Bahrain office.
SSH was recognised as #3 amongst the Top Ten Architecture Practices 2015 in the Middle East
SSH was recognised as #3 amongst the Top Ten Architecture Practices 2015 in the Middle East SSH was recognised as #3 amongst the Top Ten Architecture Practices in the Middle East, whilst on a global scale we were #3 in Infrastructure and Construction Management, by world-renowned World Architecture 100. Read more here.
SSH wins CanalView construction supervision services contract
SSH wins CanalView construction supervision services contract SSH has commenced the construction supervision consultancy services of Naseej BSC’s CanalView mixed-use development, in Dilmunia, Bahrain. This follows the successful execution of lead design consultancy services by SSH. Piling has now started on the project, with a groundbreaking ceremony taking place in late October attended by key officials from Naseej and SSH, among other strategic partners. CanalView is a mixed-use residential and retail development comprising four elegant residential towers with a two-level retail and F&B podium, developed over 13,068 sqm. The luxurious property is within walking distance of Dilmunia Mall, and is close to Bahrain’s main arterial roads, social infrastructure and Bahrain International Airport. The fundamental design approach is to create an urban environment that takes full advantage of the development’s prime waterfront location within Dilmunia Island. The CanalView development offers canal-side living at its finest. The residences are set in beautifully landscaped gardens next to a sweeping canal-side promenade. Residents can also enjoy the benefits of an exclusive private club, incorporating a range of sporting and entertainment facilities. “As lead design consultant on CanalView, we are now excited to be taking this exceptional mixed-use development through its construction phase,” said Andrew Barwick, SSH Resident Director. “Our appointment as construction supervision consultant on this project demonstrates our commitment to Naseej as a client, but also the opportunity to ensure the construction meets the developer’s expectations through successful timely and quality completion.”
SSH wins Construction Supervision contract for the Expansion of Al Adan Hospital
SSH wins Construction Supervision contract for the Expansion of Al Adan Hospital SSH has been appointed to provide construction supervision services for the expansion of the Al Adan Hospital. The new facility consists of a total of 635 beds with a total built up area of around 500,000 sqm. The project was awarded on a design, construction, equipping, furnishing, operation and maintenance basis by the Ministry of Health and is expected to be completed within a 42 months programme. The hospital is a multi-facility development, conceived to complement existing medical facilities within AL ADAN medical district site as part of the government national healthcare expansion plan. SSH has become a leading provider for healthcare planning, architecture and engineering services in the region. Our healthcare specialists are currently working on Kuwait Children’s Hospital, Sheikha Salwa Al-Sabah Centre for Stem Cells & Umbilical Cord, the NBK Children’s Cancer Centre in Kuwait as well as completed the design of the Specialist Clinical Centre for Dentistry, Dermatology and Diabetes Hospital in Qatar.
SSH wins Kuwait Finance House Residential Tower Project
SSH wins Kuwait Finance House Residential Tower Project SSH was awarded the contract for Design and Construction Supervision Consultancy Services for the prestigious Kuwait Finance House ‘Residential Complex’, on Gulf Street in Kuwait City. The site covers an area of 6,638 sqm in the Sharq Area, a prime waterfront location offering unrivalled views. The new complex will offer residents exceptional facilities and living standards that supersede many of Kuwait’s most desirable waterfront developments.
SSH Works On Al Mouj Muscat
SSH Works On Al Mouj Muscat SSH was awarded the design of Zunairah Villas and Juman One residential block at Al Mouj Muscat (formally known as The Wave Muscat), a public-private venture between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and Majid Al Futtaim Properties (based in the UAE). SSH was appointed to design two villa prototypes to be used in the latest addition to Al Mouj Muscat community master plan; Zunairah, a limited collection of exclusive beachfront villas. Split into two zones, Z1 with a total built-up area of approximately 900 sqm, and Z2 with a 1800 sqm built-up area, the prototypes are designed to provide the ultimate in luxury, aiming to set a new benchmark for residential living in the Sultanate. Juman One is the first unique instalment in the development providing resort-living services of elegance and style. It will offer uninterrupted views to Almouj Marina, the award-winning marina and flagship yachting and sailing destination in Oman. Offering 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, Juman One was designed with serenity and sophistication embedded in its architectural ethos. With services to match, the prestigious residence will offer a modern gym with male and female spas and changing rooms, an owners’ lounge and outside lounging areas, games room, and a concierge service. There are also three adjacent pools cascading towards the marina, made up of a lounging pool, children’s pool and a lap pool. Six penthouses are designed with the same theme in mind, offering opulent architecture with open-plan features, spa bathrooms, terraces, and 5-bedroom units, with two central penthouses offering a private outdoor lap pool and jacuzzi. The world-class lifestyle and leisure destination bridges people, businesses and cultures to create a thriving waterfront community along the 6km stretch of coast in Muscat. It will comprise of luxury residential properties, retail and dining facilities, Oman’s only signature designed PGA standard 18-hole links golf course and the 400 berth Almouj Marina, Oman’s largest private yachting hub.
SSH-designed Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre turns a year old
SSH-designed Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre turns a year old The SSH-designed Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), is celebrating its first year of operation. The already iconic venue is the first significant venture for Oman into the conferences and exhibitions market. The centre aims to act as a gateway to Muscat and draw on Oman’s strong cultural heritage, architectural traditions and natural beauty. OCEC has hosted 101 events since opening and has seen more than 750,000 visitors walk through its doors, helping to boost Oman’s economy. After a successful year of business, construction is already well under way for the second phase in the centre’s development, also designed by SSH. The next phase is due for completion in 2018. SSH is proud to be involved in such a project and wishes OCEC a very happy birthday.
SSH-designed the Stem Cell Therapy Unit of NBK Children’s Hospital located in Sabah Medical Area
SSH-designed the Stem Cell Therapy Unit of NBK Children’s Hospital located in Sabah Medical Area The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and the Kuwait Ministry of Health have officially opened the Stem Cell Therapy Unit at NBK Children’s Hospital designed by SSH. SSH is honoured to have been trusted to deliver such a vital facility for children living with cancer. The completion of the new hospital building falls under corporate social responsibility initiatives undertaken by NBK. SSH congratulates the management of the bank on opening of this Unit. The specialist healthcare centre is the first hospital in Kuwait that offers bone marrow transplants for children under 16 years old free of charge and is a continuation of the NBK children's hospital project, which the bank first launched in 1996. The SSH multi-disciplinary teams oversaw the output of the scheme, in terms of healthcare architecture, medical planning and sustainable MEP. Services provided included conceptualising the design, followed by full documentation of the design while coordinating with other specialists, and construction supervision of the project. The Stem Cell Therapy Unit comprises an outpatient department (clinics), day care facilities (infusion and treatment areas), a bone marrow transplant unit (specialist inpatient unit), specialist laboratories (haematology/oncology testing), pharmacy, administration and educational areas, case conference and lobby services. The mechanical and electrical services were designed to support the completed first phase of the project and potential further phases if required.
SSH's COO judges at the Construction Week Awards
SSH's COO judges at the Construction Week Awards Matthew Squires, SSH’s Chief Operating Officer was invited to be a member of the judging panel at the Construction Week Online 2014, conference held at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, in Dubai. The awards seek to recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess and project success across 16 categories. Matthew, who has over 17 years’ experience in the industry, has worked in multiple countries in the GCC region, as well as the UK and Eastern Europe. To know more about Matt click here.
SSH's Matthew Squires (COO) interviewed by Construction Week
SSH's Matthew Squires (COO) interviewed by Construction Week Matt Squires, SSH Chief Operating Officer and Resident Director, Qatar, discusses SSH’s strategic approach to talent acquisition and retention in the industry and explores why recruiting suitable talent can be a challenging task in the latest issue of Construction Week. Read more.
SSH’s ASCC Appears in ME Architect and DesignMENA.com
SSH’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 ASCC features in Construction Week magazine
SSH’s ASCC features in Construction Week magazine After featuring in the April edition of Middle East Architect magazine and on the DesignMENA website, SSH Design Director Simon Dennison’s, interview about our Kuwaiti culture and heritage project, the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC), has now also been syndicated to Construction Week magazine. Simon explained the core inspiration for the complex is the covered central ‘street’ that forms ASCC’s main focal point, connecting the six main buildings, which are the Natural History Museum, Science and Technology Museum, Space Museum, Islamic History Museum. Fine Arts Centre, and Theatre. “Islamic geometric patterns have been merged with a contemporary aesthetic to produce a design that evokes the traditional with the futuristic,” Simon added. Read the full article here.
SSH’s Boris Fabinski discusses Biophilia at The Design Forum 2018
SSH’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 panel
SSH’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 presents at Arabian Hotel Investment Conference
SSH’s David Daniels presents at Arabian Hotel Investment Conference David Daniels, Design Principal, Studio at SSH, presented a talk on ‘Hotels of the Future’ at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, a hospitality industry event held at Madinat Jumeirah, in Dubai. Using the ‘PechaKucha' format of presentation, where speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each, David outlined that hotel brands must adapt to current consumer trends and move towards a more immersive and authentically local experience for their visitors that competitive models, such as home-sharing portals, provide. By recreating the home-sharing accommodation trend, but with the perks of hotel living and set within an architecturally stunning concept, such as the building designs SSH is known for, the hotel industry can keep pace with consumer desires for new lifestyle experiences. David stressed the importance of building brand recognition and the key role tools such as social media and an online presence have in promoting that message to consumers and, ultimately, that iconic architectural hotels help to drive the recognition hospitality brands seek. “People want to buy into a culture … they want to take that shot and put it on Instagram to be recognised as part of that luxurious lifestyle. That social presence [for hotel brands] is invaluable,” David said. “And what the hospitality industry can do going forward is to hire really good architects to design buildings for them that creates that really good brand image.”
SSH’s David Daniels Speaks Ahead of Cityscape Global Appearance
SSH’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 magazine
SSH’s Kuwait Children’s Hospital article appears in Landscape ME magazine An article by Paul Fraser, Landscape Architect at SSH, explaining how the landscape design of SSH’s upcoming major healthcare project, the Kuwait Children’s Hospital (KCH), can promote patient recovery, appeared in the February issue of Landscape Middle East. The hospital will be the largest of its kind in the world once complete and is a landmark development for Kuwait, delivering 792 beds over 300,000 sqm of functional floor space. Paul’s article explains how the design language of KCH’s exterior and interior spaces seamlessly transition and work together to provide positive healing environments not only for potential patients’, but also for staff who will work at the new facility. “The brief called for a futuristic yet functional design, fusing energy efficiency, state-of-the-art technology and world-class healthcare design.” Paul writes. “At the same time, as hospitals are places of hope and rehabilitation, a key principle of the design team’s agenda was to create a welcoming and positive environment for all children and their families.” He continues: “Studies have shown that views across attractive gardens from within a healthcare facility can have a positive impact on clinical outcomes … in addition to offering extended views to semi-public and private areas. This underlined to the team the value not only of the experience within the garden, but the views across it from within the building – both during the day and at night.” Read Paul’s full article by visiting Landscape Middle East’s website here.
SSH’s Sebaa Orabi speaks at Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan University
SSH’s Sebaa Orabi speaks at Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan University Students at Prince Sultan University in Saudi Arabia received a presentation about the challenges of being a female interior designer from the Middle East working on large-scale design projects, such as Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC), by SSH’s Associate Director – Interior Design, Sebaa Orabi. In her role, Sebaa oversees SSH’s interior design work on a vast range of developments covering commercial, education, hospitality, residential and retail schemes, as well as cultural projects such as the JACC. Sebaa shared her personal experiences working on the interiors of the huge cultural complex with students at the university, explaining the design challenges involved and SSH’s solutions, as well as the nuances of being a woman working within the building design industry. The JACC is the centerpiece of a new cultural district in Kuwait City that showcases performing arts, creates a world-class theatre quarter and will act as a focal point for culture in the Middle East.
SSH’s Senior Resident Engineer, Bassam Hamady, spoke at the Big 5 event in Kuwait
SSH’s Senior Resident Engineer, Bassam Hamady, spoke at the Big 5 event in Kuwait Bassam Hamady, SSH’s Senior Resident Engineer, spoke at the Big 5 Kuwait event, which took place on the 22nd of September at the Kuwait International Fair Exhibition Centre. In his presentation, Bassam celebrated our prestigious Kuwait University Sabah Al Salem Campus. Bassam has over 15 years’ experience in design and supervision both inside Kuwait, where he previously provided consultancy services for Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior, and internationally where he worked on projects in Spain and the USA. To know more about Bassam click here.
Still time to register for SSH Sessions
Still time to register for SSH Sessions Hurry to save your seat among the last available places for SSH Sessions – three talks hosted by SSH’s Director of Architecture, David Daniels, and our team of architecture experts at our offices in the Dubai Design District (d3). As part of Dubai Design Week 2018, which runs from 12-17 November, the sessions are open to the public for registration free of charge. Our first talk, ‘Women in Architecture’, will discuss the promotion of women within the engineering sector and how to encourage further female integration into a traditionally male-dominated sector. Meanwhile our second presentation, ‘From Sketch to Digital to Reality’, exposes the stages of design, delving into the processes that produce signature building designs. Our final talk, Small to Tall – What Next? offers a peak into the future of building tall and how the architecture and engineering industry must continue to innovate and adapt to the challenges of reaching for the sky. Hurry! Book your place by emailing email@example.com. Please state your Name, SSH Sessions, and title of the session you wish to attend. You can also find us on the Dubai Design Week website, www.dubaidesignweek.ae.
The College of Architecture at Kuwait University and SSH Partnership
The College of Architecture at Kuwait University and SSH Partnership SSH partnered with the College of Architecture at Kuwait University to host The Fifteenth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). Kuwait University competed with two international highly accredited Colleges to win the proposal to host this conference and received the trust of the association’s members which is testament to the capabilities of the organising committee in running the 15th version of this event with the highest international standards. The IASTE was established by the University of California and the University of Oregon at Berkeley in April 1988 as an interdisciplinary forum to enable scholars from various disciplines and countries to exchange ideas, discuss methods and approaches, and share findings. The conference, held in Kuwait City, explored the role tradition plays in legitimating practices that produce place-based or placeless built environments. As in past IASTE conferences, scholars and practitioners from architecture, architectural history, art history, anthropology, archaeology, folklore, geography, history, planning, sociology, urban studies, and related disciplines attended to discuss building legitimacy through tradition. The opening ceremony took place on the 17th of December at the Marina Hotel and was attended by SSH’s Chairman Omran Hayat, Executive Partner Sadoon Al Essa and General Manager Khalil Alonaizi. SSH is proud to be part of this industry leading international event and we look forward to continue to support the Kuwait University in realising its vision to advance knowledge in the field of Architecture in Kuwait by educating Kuwaiti architects and developing research into the built environment of Kuwait.
The Future of Dubai Design District
The Future of Dubai Design District The Khaleej Times recently featured Michael Byron, SSH’s Resident Director for UAE. He discussed our offices in Dubai’s Design District, or d3, where innovative solutions and smart initiatives are at the forefront of Dubai’s business needs. Built around Smart Dubai's four pillars - efficient, seamless, safe and impactful - and six dimensions covering Smart Economy, Smart Living, Smart Environment, Smart Governance, Smart People and Smart Mobility, d3's initiatives are wide-ranging and intelligently leverage technology to help drive an unparalleled quality of experience for its creative community and visitors. Read More
The London Office welcomed Sadoon Al-Essa, Executive Partner
The London Office welcomed Sadoon Al-Essa, Executive Partner Sadoon spent the afternoon catching up with the interiors and graphics team, and meeting some staff for the first time. Ray Phillips and Jake Dyter were also in the office, along with Mike Otlet and Dom Pask from OPS Structures Ltd, so it proved to be an informative day for Sadoon, who was able to see how SSH’s UK staff are able to collaborate and contribute to the work of our wider team through the ‘Cloud’. Sadoon and Ray have been providing the artistic direction that underpins the new ‘Branding’ of SSH and so their input into this process, led by Karen Mort with the support of the Graphics Team in London was most valuable. Sadoon received his new SSH Business Cards which have now arrived in each of our offices direct from London. Some individuals will have their own bespoke card and there are cards dedicated to each office so that we all may use them when appropriate. Sadoon liked the office space and the now famous roof terrace, and his visit concluded with team photos against the city skyline.
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 company
Veterans of SSH celebrate 50 years with the company Three members of the SSH family were honoured at the company’s Kuwait office as they celebrated their 50-year anniversary with the firm. A special ceremony was held for brothers Jassim, Ghasim and Habib Mayahi to commend their landmark achievement, their loyalty to the company and the contribution they have made to the success of SSH. The brothers shared stories of the early days of SSH and how they had assisted our founders with all types of activities over the years. Today, the siblings’ dedication to the company continues to play an integral part in the success of SSH. They remain an inspiration to their colleagues, with their sense of family and ongoing commitment to the company.
Women in Architecture
Women in Architecture A version of this interview appeared in SSH Newsletter, a new publication produced by the SSH Marketing team. As an initiative to support WISSH, an SSH group that works to advance women in the design profession in the region, we are presenting this new section to shed light on SSH’s selected women architects’ career path, most memorable projects, and what keeps them inspired.
Abbas Mayahi Associate Director, Deputy Head of Business Development Abbas first joined SSH in 1995 as a Structural Engineer and was part of the team responsible for designing several iconic buildings such as Fanar Complex Mall, PIFSS Headquarter and the Oil Sector Complex. Abbas also is a Senior Project Manager with a successful track record in leading commercial, industrial, military headquarter and camps projects. He has worked in design offices in the Canada and USA, where he worked on a broad range of projects. Abbas rejoined SSH in 2001 and now maintains relationship with key clients in Kuwait and also he is working on the new design opportunities/potential projects. Abbas has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from United States, Louisiana Tech University. He is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Adam Dillon Operations Manager - Construction Services Adam joined SSH in 2014 as a Senior Resident Engineer with more than fifteen years’ experience within the consulting, contracting and government sector. Currently a key member of Dar SSH’ Oman Site Operations Department, he manages a team of 28 multi-disciplinary engineers and inspectors to deliver Package 2 of the Oman Exhibition and Convention Centre. Previously, he was Resident Engineer for WS Atkins on The Wave Muscat. He is an accomplished project manager extensive UK experience in residential and commercial projects in London, Libya and Morocco in his role as Senior Electrical Engineer for WSP London. Prior to this he spent four years with design and build contractor Amec (now Spie Matthew Hall), initially as Senior Electrical Engineer and then as Electrical Production Leader for the Heathrow Terminal 5A development. He has design, construction and multi-disciplinary project co-ordination and management experience for residential, commercial, healthcare, military, education, public and sports lighting, and has been involved in engineering assignments in Australia, Bahrain, Libya, Morocco, Oman, UAE and the UK. Adam secured a Master’s Degree in Building Services Engineer Management from the Brunel University in the UK. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering Technologists (MIET) and Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
Ahmad Al Ahmad
Ahmad Al Ahmad Senior Project Manager Ahmad joined SSH in November 2015 as a Senior Project Manager involved in managing and supervising SSH’s major infrastructure projects. Ahmad has 15 years of experience in the field of design including managing and designing infrastructure. His background covers the design of surface water, sewerage, potable water and irrigation networks. He has managed all aspects of the operation and maintenance of infrastructure networks from initial planning to detailed design and tendering through to construction and site supervision. Before joining SSH, Ahmad worked in the UAE for Hyder Consulting, KEO International Consultants, W S Atkins and Dar Al Handasah, his duties included managing, designing and supervising the preparation of drawings, tender documents, cost estimates, client liaison and dealing with site queries. He has worked on large scale projects including North Wathba Development (14,000 plots, USD 3B), the Palm Jumeirah Crescent (USD 1.5B) in Dubai, and JAFZA Area Extension, Dubai (USD 500M). Ahmad obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK and Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan. He is a member of the Jordanian Engineers Association, Kuwait Society of Engineers (certified professional), Certified Engineer by Kuwait Municipality and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
Ahmed Essawi Statutory Authority Manager Essawi joined SSH in December 2013 as Statutory Authority Manager with more than 17 years of experience in design and regulations/ codes. He has more than 13 years of experience in building design, healthcare facilities, governmental, commercial, industrial, residential, and project management. Prior to SSH, Essawi was an Executive Manager at Mr. Consultant Engineering Company where he led the architectural, structural, MWP an infrastructure teams through the design phases. He also was a Project Architect at Dar Saleh Al Qallaf Engineering Consultant, an Architect at KEO International Consultant and an Architect in Kuwait Municipality (Building Permit Department). Essawi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, a Master’s in Architectural Engineering Town Planning, both from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo, and a Professional Engineer Certification (Design). He is a member in Kuwait Society of Engineers and acting member in Engineers Syndicate of Egypt.
Alistair Young Project Director As Project Director, Alistair will be responsible for resourcing, business development and management of the project. He will be responsible for providing the technical interface and for commercial and construction issues on the project. Alistair joined SSH in 2014 before which he was Project Director for the Bahrain Bay Development B.S.C. and MACE International as a senior member of the management team. Alistair worked within MACE International for 5 years on various projects in the Middle East. His management and technical background, combined with a deep understanding of commercial development goals enables him to manage and implement a broad range of prestigious and unique projects within commercial, recreational, residential, industrial, infrastructure and government sectors. Alistair holds a Master of Science in Project Management from Brighton University, UK.
Andrew Barwick Resident Director, Kingdom of Bahrain Andrew established the SSH Bahrain office in 2013 and holds the position of Resident Director for the Kingdom of Bahrain. He brings with him a wealth of experience gained from working in Europe, Middle East and UK, in particular, the Northern Gulf region. His experience covers client engagement, business development, commercial leadership, project and design management and construction supervision. Additionally, Andrew is the Chair of the SSH Project Management Office (PMO) and is responsible for delivering robust leadership, support and guidance to the internal project management community to ensure SSH continues to deliver projects on time and within budget for our clients. Prior to joining SSH, Andrew was Head of Atkins’ Project Management for Bahrain and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He also performed the role of Commercial Manager of the business operations covering all projects and business functions. Andrew has been involved in several high profile projects including commercial, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, leisure and residential throughout the MENA region. Andrew obtained his Master of Engineering with Honours (M.Eng (Hons)) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester in the UK and is a Member of the UK’s Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET).
Angela Burke Associate Director - Healthcare Dr Angela Burke joined SSH in 2014 as a Senior Medical Planner 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 Cantero Senior Project Manager Antonio joined SSH in 2015 as a Principal Infrastructure Engineer leading a team of engineers working on major projects in the MENA region. Antonio has over 14 years of experience of similar projects in Australia, Spain and the UK. Prior to joining SSH, Antonio worked with SMEC in Australia as a Project Engineer and RPS Group as an Engineer in the UK. He was involved in major projects in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney including highways and urban and rural schemes. Antonio gained a Superior Industrial Engineer Degree (Master in Industrial Organisation) from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. He completed his Dissertation (First Class with Honours) at Institut Francaise de Mecanique Avancee, France and completed an MBA from IE Business School, Madrid. Antonio is a Chartered Member of the Spanish Institution of Industrial Engineers and a Member of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers.
Barry Faultey Quality Assurance Manager Barry joined SSH over a year ago as our Quality Assurance Manager. He leads QSE Quality, Health and Environment. Dealing with all aspects of quality, health and safety plus environmental issues, auditing all regional offices, departments and projects, collating design quality plans, design management plans and supervision. He reviews SSH documentation, procedures, policies and processes and liaises with external auditors in respect of SSH ISO accreditation for 9001, 14001 and 18001. Prior to joining SSH he worked for Laing O’Rourke, Australia and Murray & Roberts, Abu Dhabi in senior roles responsible for QA/QC where he developed his experience of establishing quality management systems in line with ISO 9001:2008 requirements within operations and projects. He also has extensive experience of coordinating architectural and interiors, structural and civil, mechanical, HVAC, electrical, IT, commercial, quantity surveying and business development departments to develop respective departmental manuals and standardising their processes. Barry holds a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Law from Plymouth University, UK.
Bassam Hamady 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 Mahmoud Principal Infrastructure Engineer Bassam joined SSH in March 2015 as a Principal Electrical Engineer in the Infrastructure Division to deliver electrical infrastructure design to major development projects in coordination with the various GCC Electrical Authorities including MEW, KAHRAMAA, ADWEA ADDC and Transco. He takes responsibility for the design of electrical networks from 415volts up to 132kV and is an expert in the design of substations, 11kV networks, 22kV networks and street lighting. Bassam has worked in the region since 1985 with experience of the successful construction of Azzour South Power Station, Kuwait Conference Centre, the Petrochemical Industries Headquarters, Reem Island Infrastructure UAE, Al Ain Wild Life Resort, Ettihad Rail, Qatar Rail, C2 in Doha, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway in Kuwait, KOC Housing and Shadadiya Industrial Area. Prior to joining SSH Bassam worked for contracting and design/supervision consultants KEOIC, Hyder Consulting, Gulf Engineering and Mudhyan and Sons Co. Bassam has Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Wichita State University, Kansas, USA. He also holds a Professional Engineering Certificate, USA. He is a member of the Environmental Engineering Expert Institute and the Jordan Society of Engineers and the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Bassam Zahreddine Chief Financial Officer Bassam joined SSH in October 2014 as Chief Financial Officer with more than 14 years’ experience in accounting, tax, audit, corporate governance, risk management, internal control systems, and management of transformation projects at leading organisations. Prior to joining SSH, he was a Director at KPMG, and earlier a Senior Manager at Deloitte, providing internal audit, corporate governance, and risk management services. Bassam has worked with different industries in Kuwait and the surrounding region, including real estate, contracting, healthcare, transportation, public sector, education, hospitality amongst others. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting/Finance, and is a Certified Public Accountant from the Lebanese Association of Certified Public Accountants (LACPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) from the International Institute of Internal Auditors, USA. Bassam is a member in the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Ben Cogswell Senior Project Manager 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 Fabinski Principal Landscape Architect Boris joined SSH in July 2016 as Principal Landscape Architect in Dubai to enhance our delivery of landscape and public realm design. He is a landscape architect and environmental planner with over 15 years of experience in landscape and urban design, environmental planning, and the latest sustainable policies and developments related to commercial, education, government, leisure and residential sectors on a local and regional scale. Boris previously managed design development for landscape and the public realm of flagship developments including the “Town Square Dubai” for Nshama and the design and construction of public parks, streetscapes and open spaces for the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City as a consultant to the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City and its Parks and Recreational Facilities Directorate (PRFD). Other showcase projects included Town Square in Dubai, the revitalisation of the Tourist Club area in Abu Dhabi and numerous parks and public spaces in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Boris holds a Diploma in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from the Beuth University in Berlin, Germany.
Clinton Bull Associate Director – Hospitality Clinton joined SSH in 2015 as Director of Hospitality. In the past he has worked for KEO and Kann Finch Group. With more than 14 years working in the Middle East he brings with him a wealth of experience in design, management and hospitality working on many large scale projects in both the residential and leisure sectors. He has experience of managing client operator relations. Clinton has also managed the execution of projects in relation to construction documentation and detailing. Before joining SSH Clinton worked on the Bvlgari Development on Jumeira Bay Island in Dubai on projects including luxury hotels, villas and a yacht club marina. Clinton was tasked with managing the design and development side of this project for the client. Clinton obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Technology from Nelson Mandela Metropole University in South Africa. He is registered with the South African Counsel for Architectural Profession (SACAP).
Craig 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 Warde Chief Marketing Officer Danny joined SSH in 2008 and was responsible for establishing the Oman office and was instrumental in raising our profile within Oman, culminating in SSH winning an award for the Junoot Eco Resort project at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore and the Oman Consultant of the Year Award in 2014. Following these successes Danny has joined the company’s C-suite regional team to drive our expansion into outer MENA markets, including Algeria, Egypt and Morocco. He is leading the development of corporate and territorial marketing plans whilst ensuring their implementation is consistent with corporate growth goals, actively participating in strategic development and the pursuit of clients and project opportunities locally and regionally. Prior to joining SSH Danny worked for KUCM and gained experience working on Kuwait International Airport Gateway Hotel, Bahrain Duty Free Shopping Mall and the American University of Kuwait. Danny is experienced in leading multidisciplinary project design and construction supervision teams, has extensive commercial management experience, and speaks English, Arabic and French fluently. He has a DESS’ Degree in Architecture from the University of Balamand and he is a Chartered Professional Architect with the Lebanese Society of Engineers and Architects. He is currently Acting Resident Director for our office in Saudi Arabia.
David Daniels Director of Architecture With more than 15 years of experience with leading international practices in the UK and the Middle East, David has a proven record of creating, presenting and developing an international level of design work. His experience spans the commercial, hospitality, residential and retail sectors, and includes the design of large stadia and sporting facilities. In these projects, he has also played a key leadership and business development role with both local and international clients. Previously employed by internationally acclaimed studios Hopkins Architects and Glenn Howells Architects (GHA), David was engaged in numerous projects including the London 2012 Olympics as well as the Dubai World Trade Centre and Meraas’ Engineers’ Office Headquarters. At SSH, he is working on various projects within the Dubai Creek Harbour development, the Al Marjan Island development and the Burj Square master development. As well as holding a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Architecture and a Post-graduate Diploma in Architecture, David is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
David Hutton Delivery Operations Director – Building Design David Hutton joined SSH in 2017 as Delivery Operations Director – Building Design responsible for all SSH offices. As a chartered structural engineer with more than 20 years of experience, David is well versed with the challenges faced by the construction industry. His skills set is broad, having worked for a contractor, design consultant and a private developer. During this period, he has gained a significant amount of knowledge on numerous aspects of construction. David has held several positions in his career, namely site engineer, site manager, design engineer, business unit head project manager, project director, country manager and operations director. This variety of roles, each of which offered its own challenges, has enabled David’s personal development as a motivated engineer and manager who gets the job done. His experience spans working in Oman, the UK and South Africa. In addition to his chartered engineer status, David has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree specialising in Management, majoring in Economics and Business Management.
Dean Haskins Project Director – Qatar Dean joined SSH in November 2013 as a Project Director responsible for leading the delivery of major projects. Before joining SSH, Dean spent several years in a senior management capacity for Mace International working in Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Libya and Poland. He has also worked for WS Atkins, EC Harris and Gairdner & Theobald. Dean started his career as a Structural Engineer, gaining chartered status, before moving into project management. He has over 35 years industry experience and has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, commercial, retail mixed use, leisure, high-rise office, hospitality, museum and healthcare. His experience has led him to gain a wealth of knowledge in fast-track project delivery, package management and contract administration.
Dieter Wellmann Principal Landscape Architect Dieter joined SSH in March 2016 as Design Principal, Landscape Design with 15 years’ of experience. He is a talented, versatile landscape professional with extensive experience in the management and delivery of complex landscape projects from concept design through to implementation. Dieter is responsible for leading landscape design development throughout the MENA Region. Before joining SSH, Dieter spent 9 years working in London for Exterior Architecture and Chris Blandford Associates, where he was responsible for local and international projects and led teams on large and complex briefs across the UK, Middle East and South Africa. These included Beirut Waterfront District, Battersea Power Station Regeneration and Canyon Ranch Spa and Resort. Dieter’s early training as a zoologist and ecologist has influenced his particular approach to design, which blends sustainability, commercial awareness and practicality. Dieter holds a Bachelor of Landscape with Honours and Bachelor of Zoology & Entomology from the Pretoria University. He is a Licentiate Member of the UK Landscape Institute and also a Registered Professional Landscape Architect, South Africa.
Emad Al Jaouni
Emad Al Jaouni Associate Director, Head of Business Development Emad first joined SSH in 1986 as Transport Planner and worked on many major master planning projects such as the Al Khiran New Town, Kuwait Master Plan and Shuwaikh Port Free Trade Zone. He was also involved in various assignments in road design and traffic engineering, GIS and construction supervision. He as well took on many bids in his first decade with SSH. With his wide range and extensive experience he went on and worked as a freelancer, between 1996 and 2003, and has provided consultancy services and project management to many local and international consultants, also he was involved in subcontracting civil construction works. He re-joined SSH in 2003 to lead the Proposals and Business Development department. Emad has a Bachelor’s degree of Civil Engineering as well as a Master of Science in Transport Engineering and Planning.
Federico Publico Pagay
Federico Publico Pagay Senior Architect Federico joined SSH in 1996 and is now a Senior Architect overlooking the technical lead aspects of design projects as well as having involvement in interpretation and handling comprehensive architectural building designs and requirements necessary for all stages of works which includes data collection, concept design, design development, preliminary design, final working drawings, construction detailing and tender documentations, He was also involved in project proposals, technical reports, scheduling preparation as well as handling quality assurance / quality check of any project deliverables prior to submission to the client. Prior to joining SSH, Federico worked as an Assistant Architect with Sief Engineering Consultant, Kuwait, before that he was in KSA as an Architect with Saudi Diyar Consultant, Jeddah, and KSA. Some of the key sectors he handled in last twenty years were Airport, School & Colleges, Palaces, Offices & Residential, Commercial Building, Convention & Exhibition, Hotels, and Government Buildings. Federico holds a Bachelor of Science and Architecture degree from Technological Institute of the Philippines.
Gasser Shalabi Senior Resident Engineer - Construction Services Gasser joined SSH in 2006, he is currently Senior Project Manager/Resident Engineer responsible for Project Management and Supervision for construction projects. Gasser has 25 Years of management experience developed with multinational companies for whom he has worked on iconic projects throughout the MENA region including Bibliotheca Alexandrina, San Stefano Grand Plaza (Egypt), JBR (Dubai), Bayan Palace and 360 Degrees Mall (Kuwait).Gasser started his career as a Site Architect and developed technical expertise that enabled him to bring a depth of understanding to the role of Project Manager. He works with all project stakeholders including clients, international designers, sub-consultants, contractors and specialists. Gasser holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree for Architecture and has secured several Management & HSE Certifications during his career. He is a member of the Egypt Syndicate of Engineers & Certified Consultants and member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
George Abi-Hanna Group Commercial Director - Managing Director, Kuwait George joined the company in 1984 and worked on the design and construction supervision of many major projects in his first decade with SSH. He has filled many senior roles in the company and joined the SSH Board in 1995. He has extensive technical and commercial experience and an unrivalled overview of the home market and is the Resident Director for Kuwait. George has a keen interest in the application of technology to the professional services management process and is a sponsor of the robust ERP suite of applications that SSH uses to manage its financial, project management and business processes today. These applications deliver tangible, quality benefits to SSH customers, and are critical in the effective management of risk for SSH’s Shareholders. George’s technical knowledge and deep understanding of the SSH business combine to give him a unique role in ensuring that SSH retains the best of its past while looking to the future. George has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an MBA (Technology Management) Degree from Deakin University, also in Australia. He is a registered professional engineer with the Institution of Engineers in Australia and he is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Georges Noujaim Senior Resident Engineer - Construction Services Georges joined SSH in December 2013, He is an architecture professional, with over 20 years of experience in Project Management and Construction Supervision in Kuwait, KSA, Lebanon and UAE. Before joining SSH, Georges worked with Clarke Bond Middle East, COFFEY/AIM JV Project, Mace International and KOCACHE Enterprises. His experience includes theatres, music centers, luxury hotels, residential, commercial, stadiums and infrastructure projects. Georges holds a DES Higher Studies Degree in Architecture from the University of Balamand, ALBA, Lebanon. He is a member in the Order of Engineers and Architects, Lebanon.
Jake Dyter Design Principal Jake joined SSH in April 2013 as a Design Principal and is currently leading the core design team to deliver innovative engineered solutions and works closely with the 3D teams to ensure the retention of architectural integrity from concept through to completion, visualisation through to facade fabrication. Before joining SSH, Jake was an Associate Architect in WS Atkins and has delivered projects in China, India, Middle East and UK. Jake has gained combined 3D skills and first hand construction knowledge that has led to award winning architectural landmark buildings across the sectors of Stadia, Education, transportation, and Commercial. Jake graduated from Leeds University in the UK with a Bachelor in Architecture (Hons) in 1995 and received his post Graduate Diploma in Architecture in 1998.
Jamal Abdulla Project Director 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 Makhlouta Senior Resident Engineer, Senior Project Manager & Senior Associate John joined the SSH team in January 2008 as a consultant and is currently a Senior Resident Engineer and Senior Project Manager located in SSH Algeria. Appointed as Senior Associate in 2015. He had previously worked for SSH from 1980 to 1990 and then moved on to open his own office in Lebanon before re-joining SSH again in 2008. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from EPAU, Algeria, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Studies from the University of London. He is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers and the Order of Engineers and Architects, in Beirut.
Keith Hill Associate Director - Design Management Keith joined SSH in 2015 as an Associate Director for the Design Management. He has over 23 years of project management experience in the UK and Middle East. His project experience ranges from master planning schemes, water parks, low and high rise developments, hotels, education projects, healthcare, airports and railways stations. Before joining SSH, Keith was based in Dubai with Atkins and worked as a Design Director for Building Services on projects throughout the region including Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In addition, Keith has worked on prestigious projects including Sir Bani Yas Island, The Address Hotel Downtown, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab Hotel, Fountain Views and the Creek Harbour in UAE. Keith holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science (Hons), Building Environmental Services Engineering from the University of Bath, UK.
Khaled El Khoury
Khaled El Khoury Managing Director, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Khaled Inaim General Manager – Saudi Arabia Khaled joined SSH in 2017 as General Manager in Riyadh City Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining SSH, Khaled spent 10 years working at the Riyadh office of consolidated engineering company Khatib & Alami as its Proposals Manager with extensive involvement in business development and contracts in Saudi Arabia. Khaled brings with him a comprehensive understanding of the Saudi market, recognising, presenting and acting on crucial business opportunities, leading and fostering client relations, developing key proposal and contract strategies, as well as driving bids through to successful completion. Khaled will be instrumental in building SSH’s profile in the market through his strong commitment to Saudi Arabia that aligns and reflects that of SSH. His in-depth knowledge of the market will contribute to strengthening the company’s footprint within the kingdom. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and is a certified project management professional and professional engineer. Khaled is a current member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in Canada.
Khalil Alonaizi 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.
Lennie Joubert Associate Director, Healthcare Lennie joined SSH in February 2013 as Associate Director at SSH’s South Africa office. His core responsibility is to ensure projects are designed and delivered in a timely manner to the highest international standards. Lennie’s international career commenced at Darnton EGS in London, where he delivered multiple retail store projects throughout the United Kingdom. Upon his return to South Africa he worked on Cape Town International Airport and afterwards joined international healthcare specialist architects, IBI Group (formerly known as Nightingale Associates) where he was key to the successful delivery of many international large scale healthcare projects. He has extensive international experience including major hospitals in Europe and North America. He has acted as BIM Lead and Project Architect on many large scale projects and has in-depth knowledge of project management and the process of protecting the design against rigorous value engineering. Lennie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and is registered with the South African Council of Architecture. He is an active member of the Cape Institute for Architecture.
Majed Sabbagh Senior Resident Engineer & Associate Majed joined SSH as a Senior Resident Engineer in December 2012. Prior to this Majed served as Construction Manager overseeing and operationally managing the construction activities of the the International Contractors Group (ICG) a “Grade A” Contracting Company in the State of Kuwait. During his time at ICG, Majed participated in multiple international bidding contracts as part of Joint Ventures with leading Italian and French firms for large and complex projects, including the Kuwait Telecommunication Tower and Kuwait Entertainment City. He has over 33 years of experience in all facets of construction industry, with his career progressing across bid estimation, site technical engineer, site operation and project manager and construction manager. Majed is a certified Consultant Engineer for Supervision in the field of Architectural Engineering by the Kuwait Engineering Society and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from Aleppo University in Syria. Majed is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers, as well as the Syrian Engineering Society.
Matthew Squires Chief Executive Officer Matt joined SSH in July 2013, when he was tasked with opening the company’s Qatar office as Resident Director. In early 2014, he became Managing Director for all SSH’s territories excluding Kuwait. In 2015, Matt’s support of the Oman office was instrumental in SSH being awarded Consultant of the Year at the Construction Week Oman Awards. The following year, Matt became Chief Operating Officer of SSH across all territories, overseeing the company’s divisional reports for the Building, Infrastructure and Construction Services divisions. In this role, he not only spearheaded the diversification of revenue streams across SSH’s regional and international markets, he also drove the expansion of the company’s project portfolio across its territories. In 2017, Matt was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SSH and aims to strengthen the company’s position as a trusted collaborator to its clients and strategic partners, as well as encourage new business. Before joining SSH, Matt worked at Atkins for 16 years, in later years being the Managing Director for the Oman office covering master planning, buildings, infrastructure and site operations. Prior to this, Matt was Design Solutions Director Designate for the Northern Gulf Business. Matt’s geographic experience extends to the UK, the GCC and Eastern Europe. During his time at Atkins Oman, he received the Consultant of the Year award from Construction Week Magazine, he was also named Executive of the Year. These awards recognised Matt’s strong leadership and client skills as well as his ability to identify and develop young engineering and design talent. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Southampton University in the UK, and is a Chartered member of the UK Institute of Civil Engineers.
Michael Byron Resident Director, UAE Michael is an Architect who has more than 22 years’ experience working on projects in Europe and the Middle East. Since his arrival in Abu Dhabi in 2010, Michael has applied his extensive experience in the delivery of major projects in Europe to the Middle East environment. As a talented organiser, he has continually applied his team management skills to the wider business, leading to him gradually taking senior management roles in the businesses he has joined. At SSH, Michael is responsible for overseeing all aspects of business development and client management, and is involved in bidding, negotiation and management of major contracts. Aided by his fluency in German and English, and his profound understanding of the construction market in the Gulf region, he provides a key interface with our Middle Eastern clients, who can draw on this considerable experience. Michael graduated from Dublin’s University College with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and is a member in Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).
Mike Wentworth Design Principal Mike joined SSH in 2015 and is currently Design Principal in Cape Town. Michael has approaching 30 years of Global Architecture experience including Middle East, South Africa and UK. He has Architectural experience in all sectors of design including commercial, education, healthcare, mixed use and residential projects. Michael has led the master planning of large scale projects, is an inspirational designer and strong team player whilst also a lecturer at the School of Architecture, UCT, Cape Town. Michael was awarded a Bachelor of Science and RIBA Part 1, whilst studying at the University of Wales, Institute of Science and Technology in 1986. He then studied for his RIBA Part 2 and secured his Master’s Degree from the Royal College of Art in 1989. He completed his Professional Practice Diploma, RIBA Part 3 in 1991.
Mohamad Shibly Site Operations Manager Mohamad joined SSH in January 2011 and is now the Construction Manager responsible for overseeing all aspects of site supervision works and activities. Prior to joining SSH, he worked as a Project Manager for Beamco International (Nigeria) and was responsible for the planning and supervising of a 360 Rooms, Five Star Hotel. Between 2006 and 2009 Mohamad held the position of Contracts Engineer / Planner for the real estate portfolio of Burgan Bank. As he has had the opportunity to work as a designer, contractor, client representative, as well as a construction manager, Mohamad has accumulated vast experience in the Design and Supervision of various prominent projects both within and outside Kuwait. Mohamad holds a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design and is currently pursuing his Masters in Construction Management.
Mohammad Iqbal Senior Resident Engineer Mohammad Iqbal joined SSH in 1995 as a Senior Structural Engineer and is currently Senior Resident Engineer. Before joining SSH, Mohammad worked for contractors Shepherd Hill, Christani and Nielsen and consultants Ove Arup & Partners in the UK for 10 years. Mohammad has over 28 years of diverse experience including high rise buildings and towers, commercial and industrial, airports, bridges and highways, sea defense, piling and steel structures. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Teesside Polytechnic in the UK, he is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) Institution of Highway & Transportation (UK) and also the American Society of Civil Engineers and Kuwait Society of Engineers.
Nasir Siddique Associate Director - Bidding & Proposals Nasir Siddique joined SSH in Nov 2013 as Project Manager leading the project management and bid management teams for the Building Design Division. Prior to joining SSH, Nasir worked for over 5 years with WS Atkins based in their Bahrain office and managed the delivery of a number of high profile bids and Projects around the Gulf Region. He managed the delivery of multiple projects for the King Fahd Causeway Authority spanning period of 4 years. He also managed several projects in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notably the Science Centre Projects for the Ministry of Education. Prior to WS Atkins, Nasir worked for over 5 years in Toronto, Canada where he was with the City of Toronto’s Buildings Division. Prior to that he started his professional career with COWI in their Bahrain office where he worked as a Civil Engineer on the ASRY Rehabilitation and the Zayed Housing Projects. Nasir graduated in 2006 from the University of Toronto completing a Master of Engineering Degree specialising in Construction Engineering and Management. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Bahrain completed in 1998. He is registered with the Committee for Organising Engineering Professional Practice in Bahrain Committee and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
Nick Forbess Head of Project Management Nick joined SSH in December 2013 as Programme Director for the Amiri Diwan Projects and is now 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 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 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 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 Essa
Sadoon Al Essa Executive Partner Sadoon as Executive Partner and Board Member of SSH, with his in-depth experience spanning two decades in construction management and real estate development, oversees and guides the strategic directions of the company. Managing key clients and government relations are the areas of his expertise and primary focus. A civil engineer by profession with specialisation in construction management, Sadoon worked with both public and private sector in Kuwait for almost a decade before joining SSH. First, with the Ministry of Public Works and then with several key real estate companies, and has built up a diverse experience profile in the areas including (but not limited to) construction management, developmental project (including BOT/PPP), organisation restructuring, change management and corporate governance. Having consolidated his previous industry experience, Sadoon has been instrumental in guiding SSH management through change and transitions; facilitating stakeholder synergy, providing insights related to best industry practices and in promoting sustainability as part of the organisations culture.
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Santosh A Ponnan Associate Director, 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 Marwah Associate Director - Quantity Surveying Satinder joined SSH in 1994. He is an Associate Director overlooking Quantity Surveying and Contracts Discipline, responsible for leading the team and coordinating the production efforts of the team. Satinder manages all aspects of Quantity Surveying and Contracts Discipline including cost management, procurement and contractual advice, tender document preparation, tender review and evaluations, negotiations and provides expertise in the contractual domain for implementation and administration of contract for both pre and post contract works for building and infrastructure projects. In addition to this he is involved in review and preparation of agreements for consultancy/sub-consultancy services, alliances, association and collaborating with other companies. He has worked as lead Quantity Surveyor on a broad range of projects in the Middle East including commercial, residential, public buildings, palaces, hotels, healthcare, education, embassies, airports, mixed use developments, industrial, marine and infrastructure. Satinder graduated from the College of Estate Management in the UK.
Sean Dewhurst Change, 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. email@example.com
Sebaa 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 Operational Finance Manager Shen joined SSH in October 2011 as a financial analyst and was later promoted to operational finance manager in 2013. She has over 18 years of work experience in financial reporting, budgeting and planning, audits, banking, treasury, taxation, accounting and process improvements. Prior to SSH, Shen worked in senior middle management finance roles within engineering procurement construction companies including IMCO and ISCO in Kuwait. Before that, she worked in managerial roles in various multinational companies in India including the largest private sector bank. It was there that she established a robust MIS and redefined the processes for enhanced value added. Shen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance and is a Certified Chartered Accountant, being a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She is also a Certified Cost and Management Accountant, being a member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. Shen holds the first level certificate from the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute, USA.
Siby George Associate Director - Corporate Affairs Siby originally joined SSH in July 2003 as part of the business development/proposal unit. After a gap of 3 years, Siby re-joined SSH in 2010 as Corporate Affairs Manager to facilitate Executive Partner in planning and deliver change management initiatives. Currently, he continues to support SSH shareholders in his governance role, while also facilitating implementation of enterprise-wide change initiatives across the business. Siby has over 20 years of service delivery experience spanning across business sectors in Kuwait and India ranging from consultancy (architectural/engineering, quality management), technology (networking solution and IT training), manufacturing, forex, trading and contracting. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, India. Siby is a qualified ISO QMS Lead Auditor and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from the prestigious Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.
Simon Dennison Design Director Simon joined SSH in February 2013 and is Design Director involved in all aspects of managing the design of SSH projects, liaising with the client, external design team, stakeholders and authorities. He has previous experience of working in Bahrain, Dusseldorf and Brussels as well as Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia. He has worked on a broad range of projects including retail, leisure, commercial, environmental, healthcare, residential and mixed use. He has a wide experience of work from quick design competitions, producing the design for presentation, preparing programmes of work for major planning applications and team coordination during the implementation of the work packages, through to completion. Recent project work includes the New Palace of Justice in Kuwait, the Villa Royale residential development in Morocco, and the Al Akhiria mixed use complex in Jeddah. Simon graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. His design skills have been featured in the Royal Institute of British Architects Journal and the Architects Journal, and included in several UK exhibitions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Harrison Regional Director of Structural Engineering Steven joined SSH in 2015 as Regional Director of Structural Engineering having worked on the delivery of building developments for over 20 years. His broad range of experience encompasses the spectrum of building assets including tall buildings, long-span structures, sports stadia, airports, industrial, commercial, residential, hotels, resorts and leisure building commissions. He has specialist knowledge in the design and management of projects from inception through to detailed design and completion, providing technical direction and clear advice Prior to joining SSH, Steven has worked for WS Atkins as Global Network Chair for Structural Engineering responsible for the strategic, project-specific technical direction and the leadership of the WS Atkins Structural Engineering Design Groups in the Middle East Property Sector and Global Design Centres. Steven holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science (1st Class Hons), Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Steven is registered with the Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Chartered Engineers and the Engineering Council.
Tony Males 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. email@example.com
About SSH About SSH Since 1961 and for more than 50 years, SSH has played a leading role in shaping the built environment and infrastructure of the modern Middle East. Currently, SSH employs over 1,300 people with offices in Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Bahrain, Dubai, Iraq, Kuwait, London, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. SSH is one of the leading master planning, infrastructure, building design, construction supervision and project management firms in the Middle East, with a reputation for design integrity and a portfolio that includes some of the landmark projects in the region. We have completed more than 1,000 projects and are ranked 3rd in the Middle East by World Architecture Magazine and amongst the top 100 Architects in the World. Vision & Mission To be the architectural and engineering consultant, strategic partner and employer of choice in the MENA region. In order to realise our vision we will: Provide regional leadership in delivering high standards of quality and value to our customers Collaborate with the world's leading designers as projects require, delivering exceptional design and engineering services Continue to raise our international and regional profile through innovation and the proficient delivery of landmark projects Promote a performance-based culture throughout our whole business structure. Employ and empower the best people in a creative environment to ensure we meet our customers' design and development challenges Support our people within an extended family/work environment and promote a healthy work/life balance Ensure that openness and integrity are always at the core of everything we do as we strengthen relationships built on trust Build long term shareholder value through the realisation of our vision Our Quality Our quality philosophy is derived from a simple goal: ‘to recognise the needs of our customers and to fulfil them’. We will adopt global best practice standards in the delivery of our services and will maintain an environment of self-evaluation and continuous improvement.
Building Design Building Design Design integrity has always been a priority for SSH and we have a proud track record of involvement in landmark, design-led projects. We have always recruited exceptionally talented individuals. We promote the seamless integration of all design elements, including structural materials, mechanical and electrical systems, interior finishes, Environmental Graphic Design (EGD) and landscape features. We believe all of these essentials should be interwoven into the architectural building fabric to provide our clients with beautifully balanced architecture and sustainable, cost-effective buildings. Architecture Landscape Interior Design Structural Engineering MEP ICT
Company Values Company Values SSH operates within strict legal and ethical guidelines in all of our activities. We provide a challenging and rewarding environment for all employees and maintain a sharp focus on professional excellence, Health and Safety and environmental awareness. We strive to maintain and extend our creative, design, technical, process and commercial expertise over our competitors. Our collaborative approach is reflected throughout our organisation and ensures that our customers and partners regard us as the firm to rely on for design and project delivery throughout the region.
Construction Supervision Construction Supervision SSH is committed to delivering high quality construction supervision services. Our in-house quality management system ensures that we meet technical, statutory, budget and programme requirements. SSH has a dedicated construction division with specialised personnel and procedures to manage and supervise construction activities. Our teams work to reduce technical risks, prevent construction errors, control budgets and meet project deadlines. To maintain quality control we regularly audit the site teams to ensure that our procedures are being followed. Our extensive experience spans every aspect of construction in sectors such as education, government, military, commercial and residential complexes. SSH’s Construction Division supervises a portfolio of projects exceeding USD 4.5 billion in value.
Infrastructure Infrastructure SSH offers comprehensive consulting services for infrastructure and transport projects. We have played a leading role in Kuwait’s public and private sector development for five decades. Since 1961, SSH has been the trusted design and consulting engineering firm for infrastructure and transportation projects across the State of Kuwait and, is now broadening its reach to the wider MENA region. SSH has formed strong working relationships with government departments, private sector clients and utility authorities. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to infrastructure and transport projects, drawing on our in-house capability and specialists from other sectors to ensure project success. Our services span the full range of civil engineering disciplines and we are adept in partnering blue-chip international firms to ensure a full service package is offered to our clients. Infrastructure Master Planning Highway Engineering Bridge Engineering Storm Water Drainage Utility Design Sanitary Engineering Marine Engineering
Master Planning Master Planning SSH has extensive experience in carrying out early project stages including Pre-development Studies, Zoning & Feasibility Studies, Master Planning and Urban Design. For over five decades, we have been involved in or led the planning of many of Kuwait’s most significant construction projects. For example, since 2000, we have been involved in planning studies for the State of Kuwait Master Plan 3rd Review, plans for developing Kuwait International Airport, master planning several new towns and master planning a new university city. Pre-development Studies Zoning & Feasibility Studies Master Planning Urban Design
Services Services Building Design Design integrity has always been a priority for SSH and we have a proud track record of involvement in landmark, design-led projects. We have always recruited exceptionally talented individuals. We promote the seamless integration of all design elements, including structural materials, mechanical and electrical systems, interior finishes, Environmental Graphic Design (EGD) and landscape features. We believe all of these essentials should be interwoven into the architectural building fabric to provide our clients with beautifully balanced architecture and sustainable, cost-effective buildings. Architecture Landscape Interior Design Structural Engineering MEP ICT Construction Supervision SSH is committed to delivering high quality construction supervision services. Our in-house quality management system ensures that we meet technical, statutory, budget and programme requirements. SSH has a dedicated construction division with specialised personnel and procedures to manage and supervise construction activities. Our teams work to reduce technical risks, prevent construction errors, control budgets and meet project deadlines. To maintain quality control we regularly audit the site teams to ensure that our procedures are being followed. Our extensive experience spans every aspect of construction in sectors such as education, government, military, commercial and residential complexes. SSH’s Construction Division supervises a portfolio of projects exceeding USD 4.5 billion in value. Infrastructure SSH offers comprehensive consulting services for infrastructure and transport projects. We have played a leading role in Kuwait’s public and private sector development for five decades. Since 1961, SSH has been the trusted design and consulting engineering firm for infrastructure and transportation projects across the State of Kuwait and, is now broadening its reach to the wider MENA region. SSH has formed strong working relationships with government departments, private sector clients and utility authorities. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to infrastructure and transport projects, drawing on our in-house capability and specialists from other sectors to ensure project success. Our services span the full range of civil engineering disciplines and we are adept in partnering blue-chip international firms to ensure a full service package is offered to our clients. Infrastructure Master Planning Highway Engineering Storm Water Drainage Utility Design Sanitary Engineering Marine Engineering District Cooling Master Planning SSH has extensive experience in carrying out early project stages including Pre-development Studies, Zoning & Feasibility Studies, Master Planning and Urban Design. For over five decades, we have been involved in or led the planning of many of Kuwait’s most significant construction projects. For example, since 2000, we have been involved in planning studies for the State of Kuwait Master Plan 3rd Review, plans for developing Kuwait International Airport, master planning several new towns and master planning a new university city. Pre-development Studies Zoning & Feasibility Studies Master Planning Urban Design