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Path to success Alistair Davis, director, Black & White Engineering, talks about digital transformation and sustainability and how the MEP firm is focussing more on it What are the projects that Black & White is currently working on in the region? As can be expected for the types of prestigious projects that Black & White typically design, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) do not allow us to fully divulge specific project information, but the following metrics can give an insight into the flavour of projects that Black & White are privileged to work on: • Data centre in Dubai and Abu Dhabi – 7,500sqm of IT whitespace, resulting in a total IT load of 15MW. • Ultra-luxury hotel refurbishment: primary services redesigned for increased efficiency while maintaining an occupied hotel. • Luxury residential development: two 50-storey towers with 425 residential apartments each. • Mixed-use development in DIFC: 134,000sqm LEED Gold development. • Mixed-use development near DIFC: contractor engineering support services and production of shop drawings for 260,000sqm GFA development. • Expo 2020 Pavilion: contractor engineering support services and production of shop drawings. • Dubai Festival City Mall expansion – MEP design and site supervision. • Caspian Mall, Baku, Azerbaijan – MEP design and site supervision Give us a brief overview of the company, including the workforce, headquarters etc.? Launched in the UAE in 2007, Black & White became an independent compa36

ny in 2014; from this, the company has gone from strength to strength growing by over 400% with now nearly 150 staff spread across the UK, Azerbaijan, the UAE, Philippines, and many more. We are a specialist global MEP consultancy employing the best engineers and BIM technicians who ensure the ability to enhance projects. No matter where an employee is based, we work as one team to ensure the delivery of a high-quality project. Our unique one team culture ensures all parties are aligned and projects are delivered on time and within budget by incorporating a design-and-build philosophy and a collaborative approach. Avoiding over-design by early implementation of client requirements ensures efficient systems and energy saving designs which contribute to the client’s success. What kind of focus have you put in adapting digital transformation? Digital transformation is becoming increasingly important throughout the region. Black & White Engineering have heavily invested in BIM to provide detailed 3D walkthrough models, which enable our clients to visualise their projects well before the ground has been broken. This enables better informed clients and reduces potential variations to their contracts going forward. At Black & White, our increasing workload to deliver data centres, not just in the Middle East but globally, is certainly a testament that the digital transformation is well underway and alive and kicking within the region.

// construction business news me // August 2018

Has the slowdown in economy affected the business in any ways? A healthy chunk of our business comes from repeat clients and relationships that we have nurtured over the years. We have built our business on excellence and confidence, not on “one shot projects”. This is the reason why 70% of

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