UK-based consultant Atkins’ acquisition of Confluence Project Management for £8.4m ($13.6m) has created one of the most active project management and cost management consultancies in the Middle East.

Atkins says the acquisition complements its existing project and cost management arm Faithful & Gould, particularly in the commercial, retail and hospitality sectors in the region.

“We see increasing opportunities for us to offer international project management services, due to the vibrant market in major infrastructure spending, particularly in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions,” says Donald Lawson, chief executive officer (CEO) for Faithful & Gould. “The work is already evident, so the right choice was to bring additional specialist project management skills into our business quickly rather than seeking to grow organically.”

Faithful & Gould and Confluence are working on some of the region’s most high profile construction projects, including Dubai International airport,

Faithful & Gould has been working in the region for 15 years and has worked on high-profile projects including the Saadiyat Rotana hotel in Abu Dhabi, the Asian Beach Games in Oman, the Najmat on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island, Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai, the Lusail Light Rail Transit scheme in Qatar, and King Abdulaziz International airport in Jeddah (see below list).

Confluence’s projects in Dubai include the University of Dubai campus, the Ritz Carlton hotel, and Index Building. In Abu Dhabi its work includes the Fairmont hotel projects and Cleveland Clinic (see below list).

Faithful & Gould projects

  • King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah
  • Motion gate theme park, Dubai
  • Public Works Ministry, Kuwait
  • Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai
  • Octoal petrochemical complex, Oman
  • Saadiyat Rotana hotel, Abu Dhabi
  • Al-Ain Wild life park and resort
  • Central Planning Office
  • Dubai International Airport
  • Union Square metro station, Dubai
  • North Riyadh Mall, Riyadh
  • Sowwah Central mixed-use development, Abu Dhabi
  • Muscat and Qurum city centre mall, Oman
  • Presidential Palace, Abu Dhabi
  • Rayhaan Rotana hotel, Daman
  • Shaza Muscat, Oman
  • Kempinski hotel Doha
  • Aldara Medical centre, Riyadh
  • Jeddah Pearl mixed-use development, Jeddah
  • Doha Festival City commercial. Dubai
  • New Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi
  • Halliburton’s liquid mud plant, Oman

Confluence projects

  • Ibis Hotel and offices, Dubai
  • Ritz Carlton, Dubai
  • Index Building, Dubai
  • Clifford chance office fit out, Abu Dhabi
  • Clifford Chance office fit out, Dubai
  • Aujan Industries office fit out, Dubai
  • Habib al-Mulla office fit out, Abu Dhabi
  • Imperial College London Diabetes Centre phase 2, Abu Dhabi
  • Prime Minister’s Office, Dubai
  • Najmat development, Abu Dhabi
  • Al-Mirgab and Al-Juraina shopping malls, Sharjah
  • Farimont Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Muscat
  • Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi
  • Oberoi Centre, Dubai
  • Costa & MMI fit out, Dubai
  • Deira Polyclinic, Dubai
  • Damac Serviced Apartments, Dubai
  • University of Dubai, Dubai
  • Vox Cinemas, Dubai and Oman
  • Kempinski Hotel refurbishment, Dubai
  • Arzanah Wellness and Diagnostic Centre, Abu Dhabi
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi
  • Fairmont Hotel and Services Apartments, Abu Dhabi
  • Marina Mall expansion phase 2, Abu Dhabi
  • Al-Zahia Villa Development, Sharjah
  • Kempinski Hotel, Oman