B&W win MEP Consultant of the Year 2021

February 7th, 2022

Last week we celebrated another great year for Black & White Engineering by being recognised as the MEP Consultant of the Year for the 4th year in a row at the Middle East Consultant Awards.

An amazing award showcasing the achievements of our fabulous team…well done everyone!


Proud of Our Wins

December 8th, 2019

Black & White Engineering has walked away with the Sub-Consultancy of the Year accolade and Project Manager of the Year honour for Jean Pierre Hamel at the Construction Week Awards 2019 which was held in Dubai on 4th December 2019 and is extremely proud to add these two awards to the ever growing 2019 list of recognitions.

During the past 2 years, Black & White has been involved with the design and build of several major regional based data centres. As fast track turnkey projects with challenging milestones, the close collaboration and good relationship with the MEP contractors and suppliers, have been fundamental to ensuring that projects are successfully completed on time. This year saw one of our projects joining an exclusive club of facilities that have accomplished Tier III construction certification – a major milestone for the data centre industry in the MENA region.

Judges said Black & White Engineering was “great at rationalising designs, and its whole practice was very professional, driven, and experienced with commercial and value engineering awareness.”

Commenting on securing the award, Associate Director of Black & White, Jean Pierre Hamel said, “It is an amazing feeling. To be recognised by industry experts and our peers – there is nothing more enjoyable than that. It was difficult to get to this moment, but it is great to be a pioneer and lift the first sub-consultancy of the year award of its kind.” Hamel added, “We have diversified our business to stay ahead of the curve. For example, we’ve built a presence in Saudi Arabia and we’ve developed our business in France and Europe. We are particularly proud of our work with data centres and we are proud of our team and what they have accomplished in tight schedules. We have shown our ability to work quickly and efficiently.”

Hamel has more than 24 years of experience – including 4 years in the Middle East – in the project management of complex, multi-disciplinary projects. He has also helped the business cut costs, as well as boost efficiencies for project clients and employers.

The independent panel of judges commended Hamel stating that “he was a very experienced professional and a cost-conscious individual, who is a pleasure to deal with.” Other comments included that Hamel was “fair and impartial” when resolving problems. Commenting on lifting the Project Manager of the Year award, Hamel said, “This is a big joy for myself and for my company too. This is a big achievement for all of us, particularly coming from Construction Week.”

Hamel added, “The team that I’m working with in the company is our biggest strength, and our biggest wealth. It is because of all the people that I’ve worked with on a day-to-day basis, through the big challenges and difficulties, that we have won this award. I am just a representative of my team.”

“Globally there has always been a shortage of engineering talent, however at Black & White we continue not only to hold onto our talent, but to grow our team. We remain a staff owned company and I am very proud of my team and their achievements.” explains Mick Cairns, CEO. “We feel the best talent will always deliver the best results. We have created a culture of excellence in design and service which consistently delivers 90% repeat / referral business.” adds Cairns.

Black & White projects are led from beginning to end by the best talent in the region. With hands on involvement from concept to handover our directors/senior management/project leaders are able to provide continuous and consistent expert advice throughout the project lifespan.

Black & White Win Retrofit Project of the Year at Middle East MEP Awards 2019

November 11th, 2019

We are proud to have been awarded the Retrofit Project of the Year at the Middle East MEP Awards for Al Karamah School. Based in Abu Dhabi, this is the first school in the United Arab Emirates for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), creating a safe, inclusive environment for up to 260 children.

The project comprised of an existing school development that had been unoccupied for several years. The building is span over 2 levels and a total of 86,000ft2 building area including specially designed classroom ‘hubs’, therapy rooms, a multi-purpose hall and dining space as well as a large oasis-style garden in the courtyard.

For the project team the implementation of creative design to establish and facilitate easy navigation of the school building was critical. Specialist teaching clusters were designed to be adaptable to suit the needs of the young people throughout all stages of their education.

Within the school there is ample space for student movement and spaces are light, airy and comfortable. The school environment provides good-quality natural and artificial lighting as well as excellent sound insulation and acoustics supporting student’s sensory difficulties. Small 1:1 and group rooms have been created both within and near to the class base. These spaces are used for focused individual learning or small group work and are a valuable resource for supporting individual pupil needs. Quiet spaces have been included for when students may need to withdraw or retreat to a safe place for a break. The Oasis garden within the school provides a low-sensory-stimulus, non-distracting, calming environment which can assist focused individual learning.

The project had many issues with the engineering systems left within the existing school. Many of the services had been installed for over 20 years and were found to be no longer suitable for the project or in an unacceptable condition. Black & White were able to develop a clear scope of works to be taken forward for the engineering, with a pragmatic approach in line with the project time constraints.

With the school being a first of its kind in the region, the team were able to call upon their extensive knowledge of the education sector and work closely with the client team to achieve the aspirations of the school. This included paying attention to the thermal comfort, acoustic, communication, lighting, public safety and health requirements of the end user.

Due to the fast track nature of the project, and to meet budgetary requirements, Al Karamah became a hybrid of new and existing systems. For example, fresh air systems were not suitable for the project. New energy efficient and code compliant ventilation systems were installed, paying heavy consideration to the existing building, not to compromise the integrity or project delivery. A BMS system was integrated to the school, allowing both new and existing systems to be monitored and/or controlled from a centralised point.

The project had a challenging duration of only 17 weeks from site mobilisation to fully operational status for teachers and pupils. Early access was also facilitated after week 15 to allow client procured furniture installation and teacher training to be undertaken.

Everybody involved brought a massive amount of motivation and enthusiasm into this project, and together the impossible was achieved; the project was conceived in July 2018, works commenced in September 2018 and the school opened its doors to the students in January 2019. Hurdles were overcome as all stakeholders shared a common vision; to complete the project on time to create a critical enhancement to the education sector in the UAE.

The MEP systems were designed to meet local regulations and aspirations of Abu Dhabi. This attains to dedication towards best practices and sustainability. The school is now a place of true balance between all aspects true to sustainability and will transform the education sector in the region, to create a more sustainable community.

Black & White were also awarded the Highly Commended MEP Consultancy of the Year on the night.

Black & White Shortlisted for another 3 Awards

November 11th, 2019

Following last week’s news about our award nominations we are excited to announce further recognition from the industry. We have been shortlisted for the following Construction Week Awards: 

  • Sub Consultant of the Year: Black & White Engineering
  • Engineer of the Year: Errol Ruddock
  • Project Manager of the Year: Jean-Pierre Hamel

Construction Week are looking for the Sub Consultancy that has demonstrated how it has added value for its client by providing specialised expertise for a project, whilst also delivering on-time, and within budget. Black & White Engineering have been nominated for their expertise in the design and build of several major UAE- based data centres.

“As our industry faces a downward pressure on fees, consultants cannot afford the required detailed engineering analysis to derive the optimum solution without suffering project overspend. They are forced into compromise to adopt solutions that are quicker to design yet often more expensive to implement.  This is evident in the very high levels of over design we are seeing. At Black & White we believe in “what is right is right” and will not sway from our path. There are enough informed clients to understand this true value that we offer.” explains Mick Cairns, CEO.

Both Errol and Jean-Pierre have over 50 years of experience between them. Initially based in the UK, Errol is now completing his 11th year in the Middle East. Jean Pierre has a wealth of experience in the project management of complex, multi-disciplinary projects. “I am proud that we not only continue to hold onto our talent, but to successfully grow as a team” comments Mick, “we have created a culture of excellence in design and service which consistently delivers 90% repeat / referral business. These award recognitions are testament to the exceptional quality of our team.”

The Middle East’s top construction projects, companies, individuals, and initiatives will be revealed at an award ceremony at the JW Marriott Marquise Dubai in December 2019.

Black & White Shortlisted for 6 Awards

November 3rd, 2019

Black & White Engineering is proud to have been named as finalists in the Middle East MEP Awards 2019. We have been shortlisted for a total of 6 awards.

These include:

  • MEP Consultancy of the Year: Black & White Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer of the Year: Aurore Knight
  • Electrical Engineer of the Year: Errol Ruddock
  • Young Engineer of the Year: Damien Ricq
  • Project Manager of the Year: Jonathan Mitchell
  • Retrofit Project of the Year: Al Karamah School

This year, the judges have found many entries demonstrated high standards in terms of design and construction, as well as the types of technologies and systems used in their projects. “It was not difficult to select a winner in some categories due to outstanding entries which demonstrated best MEP practices and high level of innovation” commented one of the judges. “However, in the other categories, the competition was higher where many nominees demonstrated similar standards. This indicates the market growth and the strive of many companies towards improved efficiency, profitability, and performance” he added.

“We are proudly considered as the region’s leading MEP consultancy specialising in the delivery of complex engineering design solutions. We are a company that puts growth for the enhancement of the company and our people ahead of short-term profit” says Mick Cairns, CEO. “We remain undeterred in our founding belief that striving for excellence in engineering will succeed over short term profit. I am very proud of our team and their accomplishments.”

 These awards seek to recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess and project success. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony taking place at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah later this month.