14 May, 2015

Three senior appointments to Atkins Middle East property division

The appointments

David Tripney

David Tripney

14 May 2015
Atkins has made three senior architectural appointments to support the continued growth of its 750-people strong Middle East property division.

David Tripney and Mark Kelly have joined as directors, while regional design director Janus Rostock has been made head of the company's architecture and urban design team. All three join the property division's senior leadership team.

The appointments follow a strong 12 months in which Atkins has secured a number of significant property and urban development projects for key clients in the region.

David Tripney has more than 20 years' experience in the Middle East property market, having delivered major projects including Mirdif City Centre and Mall of the Emirates with Hyder and Holford Associates respectively.

Mark Kelly, a Registered Architect in both the UK and Australia, has 30 years' international experience, most of which was in a senior leadership role with Woods Bagot. He has led the delivery of high profile major projects across the world, including the award-winning Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

Janus Rostock, who joined Atkins in 2006, has more than 20 years' international architecture experience, having led large-scale projects and masterplans in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including the Dubai Opera and Prince Sultan Cultural Centre masterplan.

Tom Hasker, managing director for Atkins' Middle East property division, says: "The arrivals of David and Mark, combined with Janus's new role, are really exciting for our continued growth and development across the region.

"Their accumulated knowledge and experience is outstanding and they're hungry to pass this on to support our emerging talent, while helping us win further work in our key markets."

Atkins' current property projects include the new Dubai Opera, which will be the centrepiece of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai; Al Habtoor Residences, a 395,000 m² development in Dubai's Sheikh Zahed Road for Al Habtoor Group; and Prince Sultan Cultural Centre in Jeddah, which will support and encourage "social wellness" among its residents.

In the past 12 months the company has also secured several confidential major projects, including two mixed-use leisure and hospitality developments and a super-tall tower.

"We're in a good position and we're committed to keep building on our capabilities and expertise to ensure the team is constantly reinvigorated," adds Tom.


About Atkins
Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins' recent projects on our website.

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Ben Thompson
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