Currie & Brown recruits Sporle Consulting for Middle East

11 June 2018

Asset management and construction consultancy Currie & Brown has recruited the members of construction delay analysis specialist Sporle Consulting. The company, along with its owner Lee Sporle, will join the Contract Advisory practice of C&B.

With executives in capital projects and infrastructure increasingly optimistic about the outlook for their industry over the next 12 months, and with oil prices rebounding, the environment is starting to look more favourable for the construction industry and related services. Indeed, 49% of industry execs expect capital project spending to increase in the next year, while only 21% thought so in 2016.

In this more agreeable business climate, global asset management and construction consulting firm Currie & Brown has recruited the team at Sporle Consulting. Dubai-based Sporle Consulting specialises in forensic planning/delay analysis – which involves assessing the true cause of project delays and responsible parties. The company also offers a range of other planning and project management services to the region’s construction industry.

Currie & Brown meanwhile offers advisory services to clients, helping them manage their physical assets – from procurement and construction to use and disposal. The global firm has offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East – where it has a presence in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE. The consultancy serves a wide array of industries, from the public sector to retail to oil & gas.Currie & Brown recruits Dubai-based Sporle ConsultingSporle Consulting will bolster C&B’s Middle Eastern presence, and will join the firm’s Contract Advisory department. The Sporle team – Chari Generoso, Thomas Kurian, Feby Mathew, Ben Simbulan, and owner Lee Sporle – will join C&B’s Dubai office. Lee Sporle has 25 years of experience in construction delay anaylsis, and has worked in the Middle East for almost a quarter-century. He joins C&B as Director of Planning & Forensic Planning.

"We are delighted that Lee and his team have joined Currie & Brown,” commented Simon Andrews, C&B COO, Middle East. “Their skills and experience bridge the gap between our contract advisory services and project management divisions."

Lee Sporle believes that joining the larger firm will expand their range of opportunities, remarking; “We are excited to be joining Currie & Brown because it gives us access to a broader portfolio of clients. We look forward to incorporating our core skills into those of Currie & Brown’s project management and contract advisory services teams in order to enhance the company’s service offering to clients.”

In recent UAE infrastructure and construction news, French engineering and consulting firm Egis was tapped to provide project management services for Etihad Rail’s development of the United Arab Emirates railway network. The proposed UAE railway will stretch over 2,000 km and connect all seven Emirates, linking up with Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar via Saudi Arabia.

Construction consultancy Drees & Sommer launches innovation hub in Dubai

18 April 2019

The Middle East branch of international construction and real estate consultancy Drees & Sommer has launched a new innovation hub in Dubai

Following the appointment of ex-Ramboll exec Abdulmajid Karanouhas as its Head of Interdisciplinary Design & Innovation earlier this year to spearhead the firm’s R&D drive in the Middle East, the local branch of German-origin construction and real estate consultancy Drees & Sommer has now launched a new innovation hub in Dubai – designed as a collaborative environment to serve both external start-ups and its own employees.

“It has always been part of our corporate culture to promote our own ideas and initiatives,” said Drees & Sommer executive board member Steffen Szeidl. “Increasingly, digital transformation and our clients are calling for completely new and disruptive business models. The Innovation Centre is one of our responses to these challenges. All 3,200 staff members can upload their ideas virtually.”

According to Szeidl, from there, promising concepts and solutions addressing identified market gaps in areas such as planning, construction and operations will be developed, funded and localised for any market which sees the potential. He continues: “Adding the Dubai innovation hub emphasises our status as a global innovation company by being one of the few companies doing R&D in this region.”Construction consultancy Drees & Sommer launches innovation hub in DubaiLocally established in 2003, Drees & Sommer was founded close to 50 years ago in Stuttgart, since growing to include some 40 offices worldwide, with its global headcount of 3,200 professionals generating revenues upwards of $430 million in 2017. The firm’s offerings span the gamut of real estate and infrastructure requirements, delivered according to its ‘blue way’, which takes into account economic, functionality, and ecological aspects together.

This, for Drees & Sommer, is an important point in the regional context.  “There is a huge demand in this market for contextual solutions as most models and systems are imported from abroad with little to no adaptation to the local culture, economy, and environment,” explains Karanouh. “As a consequence of this approach, we are facing major challenges related to user-comfort, efficiency, manageability, durability, and overall sustainability and feasibility of the built environment in the region.”

Accordingly, the firm has tailored each of its innovation hubs rolled out so far across the world to drive specific initiatives. In Aachen, Germany’s ‘Silicon Valley’, for example, there is a focus on customised smart buildings, IoT product testing and cyber-security, while the firm’s Stuttgart hub focuses on start-ups and processes and its Berlin one on smart cities and smart quarters. The Netherlands hub meanwhile focuses on wellbeing and sustainable innovation.

Karanouh: “The innovation hub brings together specialists of various disciplines from across the industry as a single interdisciplinary team that advises clients from early feasibility studies all the way to operation and revitalisation of buildings to maximise comfort, efficiency, sustainability, return of investment and overall value. The platform allows for brainstorming ideas, identifying market gaps and needs, adapting existing solutions or/and developing new solutions tailored to the local market and environment.”