Having appeared in the Construction Week Power 100 for the first time last year, Greg Kane has now been in the role of managing director of WSP Middle East for two years.
The UAE WSP’s largest operation, employing a workforce of around 900 people, and the company’s Property & Buildings team is busy working on a number of high-profile projects for Expo 2020 Dubai.
“Following our acquisitions of Mouchel and Parsons Brinckerhoff, we have an increased presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is seeing an increase in activity and is an area [in which] we want to expand and grow our business,” Kane tells Construction Week.
“Our continued growth of WSP Global, both organically and through M&A (mergers and acquisitions], provides us with a great opportunity to retain and develop our talent and to attract the best talent in the market,” he adds. “This growth, and our new brand identity, are helping to differentiate us in a consolidating market that has seen some of our peers be acquired in the last 12 months.”
Looking ahead, WSP will be involved with a number of high-profile projects in the Middle East. Among these are Yas Bay, a new waterfront destination development on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, where WSP has been named lead consultant; the 46-storey Royal Atlantis Resort on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, for which WSP has been appointed to provide all engineering services during the design phase; and Ain Dubai, also known as the Dubai Eye, the world’s largest observation wheel, for which WSP is lead consultant.
WSP was also appointed to provide owners engineer services covering the major work activities of design review, quality surveillance, and site supervision during the construction and commissioning of the Rabigh Power Plant 2, Saudi Arabia’s largest and most environmentally friendly power plant.