The consultant must speak the same language as the architect, contractor and other construction professionals. The consultant should be engaged early in the project, so the client can utilise the consultant’s services in choosing construction professionals and contractors and in reviewing plans and budgets.
According to NJPA Real Estate Journal, the construction consultant’s role is to aggressively represent the owner and to lend practical expertise to the job. It states, the construction consultant is not concerned with design integrity, and wants the owner to receive what the owner has contracted for from the contractors. Working on behalf of the owner, the consultant can identify and address potential construction problems in the design stages and, as an independent party, may be in the best position to suggest cost saving or time saving alternatives and to evaluate suggestions made by the other parties.
Construction consultants help clients make sound decisions for their projects. They ensure that contractors complete the project on cost. They provide cost estimates, draw budgets, select contractors, administer construction contracts, and resolve differences between contractors and project owners.
Considering consultancy is such a serious business, we find it wise to list down some of the active consultants in the Middle East region. As done every year, this year too we sent out a questionnaire to a few companies in order to have them included in the list. Through this questionnaire, we listed out the companies based on some parameters. One thing to keep in mind is that the list is as much objective as it is subjective.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list and there are several others out there who we might have missed. Also, this year there are several new companies making the list.
Do note that the published data is dependent on the quality of information received. We have tried our best in putting together a rather unbiased and accurate listing of the top MEP consultants in the region.
WME Ranks 12th in Top 20 MEP Consultants
WME is currently engaged in MEP projects covering the full range of the built environment including healthcare, residential, retail, commercial and specialist projects such as multiple Pavilions at Expo 2020. WME utilises BIM on all projects and has demonstrated an ability to deliver complex projects from inception through to handover with high levels of coordination, the company states.
WME currently has 50 live design projects and 31 active sites ranging from 300,000m2 shopping malls, 450m tall LEED Platinum residential towers and hospitals to restaurant fit outs and villa designs.
The firm is involved in UAE Pavilion Expo 2020 – Calatrava project. The National Media Council has selected architect Santiago Calatrava’s design inspired by a falcon in flight, for the UAE Pavilion for Dubai World Expo 2020. For the project, WME provided Structural Engineering, MEP Building Services, AV IT & Security Engineering, Infrastructure / Roads, Sustainable Construction, High-rise Engineering, Construction Supervision and Architect of Record including sustainable design to LEED Platinum.
Nicholas Byczynski, MEP director, says: “Regionally we are looking at a number of opportunities in KSA and our business in India is growing rapidly. Locally we have developed a very strong Expo team with 11 ongoing work on national, commercial and operational pavilions. We hope to realise opportunities on a number of others as the international participants continue to develop their ideas.
“In addition, we are looking to focus on key strategic client partners with whom we can develop longer term relationships, particularly in areas of the market less directly tied to turbulent financial situation.”
Source: MEP Middle East https://www.mepmiddleeast.com/72154-top-20-mep-consultants-2019