Net Zero Carbon Design

April 20th, 2022

We’re working on the third phase of The North East Technology Park – NETPark which is expanding to include a new laboratory, production and office spaces for Clear Futures.

The design of the new buildings are fully sustainable and enable significant reductions in carbon emissions, much greater than the industry standard.

To achieve this, we’ve undertaken an in-depth analysis of the building physics properties that affect the development’s operational performance. All our efforts have guided the project team to a highly insulated, passive design which takes advantage of the local climate, daylighting, and building layout, whilst implementing highly efficient systems, to provide a series of low energy intensive buildings.

Working collaboratively and progressively with Ryder Architecture, Jasper Kerr Consulting, T&T and DDP, we’ve ensured the client’s aspirations for working towards a Net Zero Carbon development are met.

It’s been an absolute joy to work on this one and we can’t wait to see the finished eco-friendly development.

Global data centre demand growth

May 10th, 2021

Due to continued steady growth in demand for our global data centre design expertise and despite the global pandemic and its impact on our way of working, we have welcomed 72 new team members to the Black & White family across Europe, the Middle East and Asia since March 2020. This represents a remarkable growth of over 30% in our total workforce.

“I would personally like to thank all our clients for the opportunity to work on some exciting landmark projects and to our team who have worked incredibly hard to get to where we are today” says Mick Cairns, CEO.

During the recent uncertainty created by Covid-19, B&W’s long-term commitment to creating One Team integrated online global design facilities has provided significant additional value to our clients. Our ability to implement remote working and procedures that ensure the safety of our staff has allowed our projects to continue on track despite significant global disruption.


B&W UK expands significantly despite pandemic

April 7th, 2021

B&W offices in Newcastle, London and Edinburgh have added 22 people to its workforce in the last 12 months. Read about B&W’s remarkable growth in the article below (published in the North East Times magazine on April 6, 2021):

Black and White Engineering bolsters ranks by almost half to meet rising demand – North East Times ( 

Women in MEP

March 4th, 2021

Leading voices within the MEP sector share their thoughts on female representation in STEM, female enrolment, workplace opportunities, and more.

Mais Albaqaeen one of our Associate Directors based in Dubai  shares her thoughts alongside some of the key MEP women in the industry. MEP Middle East’s March edition highlights the contributions made by women; voicing their messages to the industry; and showcasing their strong influence within their firms.

You can read Mais’ commentaries in the link below:

World-Class Aquarium planned for Bahrain

August 25th, 2020

World-Class Aquarium planned for Bahrain

Abu Dhabi based developer Eagle Hills has entered a joint venture with Emaar Entertainment to bring a new aquarium and Underwater Zoo to Bahrain. Billed as the first of its kind in the kingdom, the attraction will span 26,900 square feet and expected to hold 360,000 litres of water and over 200 species of fish.

Black & White are Lead Consultant for Design Services for the aquarium which consists of a lower level underwater aquarium and a mezzanine aquarium research level featuring a 20-foot-long digital tunnel with multiple interactive digital exhibits. The attraction will house four different ecological zones: ‘Rainforest’, the ‘Ocean Trench’, the ‘Jellyfish’ (Boom Room) and the ‘Reef Zone’, which includes ‘Lab of the Future’. Strategically located tanks and immersive tunnels within the exhibits will allow visitors to come face-to-face with varied collections of aquatic life, enabling them to learn more about a wide array of marine species.

Setting a new benchmark for entertainment and leisure experiences, the aquarium and underwater zoo will play a key role in both local and regional tourism. Working alongside notable entities such as Emaar Entertainment, Black & White provided full design services to RIBA 4 BIM LOD 300. The client’s vision and the appointment of a first in class consultant team and client representative will create an aquarium comparable to other world-class aquariums across the globe.

“This project further demonstrates Black & White is the go-to consultant for complex engineering projects. We have also successfully provided lead consultant services, which enhances our growing reputation as a lead designer, managing our specialist partners who I thank for their commitment to the project.” says Jamie Darragh, Technical Director from our Dubai office.

The project will be installed at the Marassi Galleria shopping mall set to open in the kingdom in 2021.