‘IMAGINE’ Guiness World Record Breaking Attraction

Black & White Engineering were responsible for the MEP design of the new record breaking attraction at Dubai Festival City, ‘IMAGINE’.

The show delivers a unique sensory experience, utilising light, water and fire, combined with giant projection screens, 30 fountains and surround sound.

Boasting the largest water screen projection in the world – a Guinness World Record breaker, it features the latest entertainment technology in water, pyrotechnics, lasers, lights and dramatic effects.

We developed the design in accordance with the requirements of Laser Vision Mega Media, providing services to land based and water based equipment.

The land based design consisted of services to 22 media blades which form an integral part of the shows operation, alongside the control and projector rooms located on the roof of the mall.

The water based assets are operated via generators installed in a compound adjacent the mall.

Meeting the demands of laser vision was a challenge and something which we have successfully achieved.

The attraction opened during the festive period 2016 and continues to be a success.


Dubai Festival City Mall Nearing Completion

Dubai Festival City Mall is a landmark 2m sq. ft. urban retail development which is located at the centre of Dubai Festival City – now acknowledged to be one of the UAE’s most exciting retail, dining and leisure attractions. 

Set on the historic Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City Mall has undertaken a radical transformation that now offers over 400 world class retailers, 75 restaurants – many of which feature waterfront dining and excellent views of the mall’s new attraction ‘IMAGINE’.

Designing and supervising the MEP services for a significant expansion and interfacing with a large existing building which had to remain operational during the construction works has provided an exciting proposition for the team to demonstrate Black & White’s capabilities.

The multidiscipline team has provided site services for the duration of the project which is currently going through the final stages of completion. The continuity from the design office to the site enabled smooth transition, with a detailed appreciation of the project allowing carefully considered approaches and informed decisions when considering changes to the scope and additional work packages.

As to be expected the project has presented many challenges, such as the development of a strategy to maintain all the MEP and FLS services currently in use, ensuring no interruption to the day to day operation of the mall whilst it underwent the ambitious two phase expansion programme. The team has also had to manage simultaneous authority submissions, inspections and approvals to ensure programme was maintained, such as the opening of large landlord attractions and the trading requirements of key tenancies.

The project is due to be handed over at the end of the first quarter of 2017 and will be a further demonstration of Black & White’s successful design and management of retail developments.

Award Success at the MEP Middle East Awards 2016

This year, the MEP Middle East Awards, held on November 16, was celebrating its 10th anniversary.

On what was a sell-out crowd at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, a total of 16 awards were handed out on the night.

Black & White Engineering came first in two categories, winning Electrical Project of the Year (Khazna Data Centres) and Project Manager of the Year with Jean-Pierre Hamel.

B&W’s Chief Executive, Mick Cairns received a Highly Commended in the Executive of the Year category. Dubai Festival City project was also Highly Commended in the Retrofit Project of the Year category, with Jamie Darragh accepting the award as Lead Engineer on the project.

B&W were finalists in a further four categories which is no mean feat and is testament to the excellent work of everyone involved.

MEP Awards 2016 , The Westin Mina Seyahi ( Dubai ) UAE (photo by Ajith Narendra) ( ITP Images);MEP Awards 2016

MEP Awards 2016 , The Westin Mina Seyahi ( Dubai ) UAE (photo by Ajith Narendra) ( ITP Images);MEP Awards 2016

Project Manager of the Year –  Jean-Pierre Hamel

J.P. (as he is known to his friends and colleagues) joined Black and White Engineering over a year ago. Initially, his mission was to manage site supervision and to monitor implementation of the company’s existing procedures. After a detailed audit of the existing system, he proposed a complete overhaul to focus on simple but operational project management oriented procedures, which runs the core company business.

Through this project implementation J.P. established a comprehensive integrated management system within a year, including quality, health and safety and environmental management. This global system is now operational and implemented globally in all other company offices.

J.P. impressed the judges with his attention to detail and hands-on approach.

He demonstrably uses the developed processes to mitigate time and prove beneficial to the project and client needs. Further training in QMS methodology has enhanced these inherent skills,” said one judge.

Electrical Project of the Year – Khazna Data Centres

Black & White also won this year’s Electrical Project of the Year with Khazna Data Centres.

The Khazna Data Centres project consists of two (nearly identical) double storey buildings; one located in Abu Dhabi and the other in Meydan, Dubai.

The new 1000m² data halls and associated plant/systems were integrated in to existing live data centres which required numerous reviews, method statements and ongoing risk assessments.

Black & White Engineering’s design consisted of the following elements: single point of failure check of the total system, risk analysis plus cause and effect diagrams/matrix, detailed sequence of operations on power, protection device coordination studies, PUE (power utilisation efficiency) calculations, complete Amtech/Dialux calculations including all tie-ins to existing data hall systems, specifications, layouts, details, schematics, schedules, and coordinated BIM/Revit models.

Judges said the project was a clear winner and met almost all the elements they were looking for.

On receiving the award, technical director Alistair Davis said: “It is obviously a great honour to be recognised with this award. In the last few months things have been a little quiet in the market but there a lot of opportunities out there. What it needs is for a business to be flexible and at Black and White we are open to everything. Finding the right projects is the best way to keep a team motivated and with Dubai Expo 2020 there is certainly a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s not just about Dubai at all. It is an event which will be of great benefit for the UAE as a whole and will show that, in the long term, there is the prospect of many great projects which companies can be a part of.

Congratulations to J.P., Alistair and everyone who worked on the Khazna Data Centre project. Well done also to all our nominees and finalists for their excellent work.

The MEP Middle East Awards 2017 will take place in Dubai on November 8.

The full report of The MEP Middle East Awards 2016 can be found online at: www.constructionweekonline.com/mep

Pictures courtesy of ITP Business Publishing.

Black & White Wins in Light Middle East Awards

The 2016 Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year was awarded for the eco-friendly lighting design of Black & White Engineering office in Dubai.

Black & White Engineering worked with Reynard Lighting to provide the most energy efficient and sustainable solution, whilst considering the comfort of the working environment by providing subtle lighting, having open exposed services (with Matt White finish) and utilising controls to take advantage and balance natural day light).





Black & White Shortlisted in 8 Categories of the Middle East MEP Awards 2016

Black & White is pleased to be shortlisted in this year’s MEP Awards with 10 nominations across 8 categories up for awards.  Winners will be announced at the Awards evening to be held on 16 November in Dubai.


Black & White New Office Shortlisted for Award

Black & White’s new head office in the Marina Plaza building has been shortlisted to receive a Light Middle East Award in the Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year category and is one of just 3 projects shortlisted.





The category recognises projects that incorporate advanced energy-saving and environmentally responsible solutions with the usage of quality products with minimum energy consumption and minimum impact on the environment.  The winner will be announced on 2nd November at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.



Light Middle East Awards 2016

Shaun O’Mahoney of Black & White has again been invited by Messe Frankfurt to sit on the Judging panel for the Light Middle East Awards – a task he has undertaken every year since their inception in 2013.
Last year, the independent judging panel evaluated the merits of 32 shortlisted finalists competing across 10 categories, from an overall entry list of 116 submissions.  It is anticipated that this year’s awards will draw just as many if not more nominations from lighting specialists around the region.

Construction Week Awards – B&W Makes the Shortlist

Black & White is celebrating after being shortlisted – from a nomination pool of almost 200  – in three categories in the 11th  Construction Week Awards which will take place on 9th December 2015.

We’re in the running for:

  • Consultant of the Year
  • Construction Executive of the Year – Mick Cairns
  • Engineer of the Year – Iain MacDougall

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Hard Work, Dedication & Brilliance Pays Off

MEP Awards 2015

Black & White is thrilled that Jamie Darragh, one of our youngest engineers, has been recognised for his hard work, dedication and engineering brilliance by winning the Young Engineer of the Year Award category in the 2015 Middle East MEP Awards.

Jamie is a highly committed engineer having obtained chartered engineer status at only 28, he holds an MSc Project Management (Distinction), BEng (Honours) in Building Services Engineering and a Foundation Degree in Electrical Engineering (Distinction).  He vigorously pushes energy conscious sustainable design and is accredited with the BRE. He is responsible for the development of B&W’s design mind set in adherence to LEED, Estidama and the Dubai GBG.

Jamie’s win means we now have 4 B&W engineers who have won Engineer of the Year awards since 2010.  This demonstrates the company’s commitment to supporting the ongoing development and personal growth of our talented team and providing them with opportunities to put into practise innovative ideas and solutions for our valued clients.

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JC - Dubai Rugby 7s 2015

Jumeirah College DXB Rugby 7s B&W Sponsorship

Black & White is delighted to be sponsoring Jumeirah College’s 2015 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Tournament teams.

This year the college has three teams competing.

Two are in the Gulf Under 19 competition which consists of 20 teams from the gulf states with the standard being very high.

The third team is the Jumeirah College Alumni side, playing its first tournament in the International Social competition made up of 32 teams from around the world, again with an extremely high standard.  All players are Jumeirah College ex-pupils – some have not played since school and some are outstanding players who play for their universities and clubs located in the UK, SA and Australia amongst others.

The sponsorship is part of B&W’s ongoing commitment to supporting sport for youth and the wider community.

We wish them every success for the tournament.