Mick Cairns interviewed in Middle East Consultant magazine

Our CEO Mick Cairns was interviewed in June’s edition of Middle East Consultant
discussing the regional MEP market and how data modelling can drive
quality engineering solutions.

Read the full interview here.

Phillip achieves diploma in Management and Leadership

Black & White encourages staff to strive for personal and professional growth and is committed to ongoing training and development.

One of our UK based team members, Phillip Hilton–West, has recently been awarded a Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership.

The course took 18 months to complete and every credit to Phill​ip for coordinating his studies in addition to​​ his invaluable contributions to the Newcastle office.

The course was competence based to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and required Phillip to demonstrate the skills required during realistic workplace assessments.

The Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership is accredited by the qualifications regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

It is aimed at current and prospective managers and leaders and covers the skills needed to be a successful manager/leader, covering competencies applicable to a wide range of contexts.

The qualification is a full award at Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Management and Leadership, which is equivalent to an undergraduate degree.


Building the team

Hatta Fort hotel was the venue for a design team integration event hosted by Laing O’Rourke this week. Members of the B&W data centre design team joined our colleagues from LOR, CHt and GHD for a day of open discussion and fun which was enjoyed by all. The objective to build one team and better relationships between all companies was certainly achieved as we learned many things about each other including some very surprising talents.

Thanks to all who organised and attended the event. As we come towards the end of the design phase of our project we are now looking ahead to the construction stage where its success will be reliant on us working together to deliver the best project for our client.


‘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.