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[12/09/2011] Engineering consultancy to introduce masterplanning and sustainability expertise to country’s expanding US$53 billion construction sector Leading multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Hilson Moran, will open its second GCC office this month, targeting Qatar’s expanding construction sector with a strong focus on masterplanning and sustainability. At today’s official signing, the UK-headquartered company formally entered into a joint venture agreement with His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Thani to establish the company’s Qatar operation, offering an across-the-board portfolio of building design services from sustainable masterplanning to infrastructure consultancy. According to a recent five-year forecast by Ventures Middle East, the number of active construction projects in the Gulf state is set to soar to US$53 billion, representing a compound average growth rate of 12 per cent per annum to 2015. “Qatar’s construction projects make up 13 per cent of total GGC projects in terms of value, and with the next five years a crucial time for pipeline plans to translate into physical reality, strategic presence for Hilson Moran in both Abu Dhabi and Doha will enable us to build further on our substantial Gulf experience,” said Tony Morris, Commercial Director, Hilson Moran’s Middle East division. Through its Abu Dhabi base, Hilson Moran has worked on a number of high profile projects including the Yas Island North Masterplan and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Headquarters, as well as sustainable design consultancy for the soon-to-be-launched Etihad Towers project and development of vertical transportation solutions for the city’s new Landmark Tower. Commenting on the joint venture partnership, HE Dr. Sheikh Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Thani said: “The Hilson Moran team is characterised by its expertise, innovation and reputation, which is also reflected by the company’s international presence in major cities and countries including France, Italy, the UK and the UAE. We look forward to seeing their expertise in the transfer of modern technology and innovation take root in Qatar.” “This partnership shows our long-term commitment to the region. Qatar is a vibrant market with the vision and ambition to create high quality environments for its communities, as evidenced by the recent launch of its new green building code – the Qatar Sustainability Assessment System. We hope that our masterplanning, design and engineering expertise - as well as global sustainability experience - will add real tangible value to the country’s future development plans,” added Morris.