British sustainability expert appointed to drive sustainability at engineering consultancy aiming to turn Qatar 2030 vision into a reality.
Leading multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Hilson Moran Qatar, has announced that British-national Matt Kitson has been appointed as its new Regional Director.
Kitson, whose career with Hilson Moran spans more than 12 years, is based in the company’s new office, located in the prestigious West Bay region of Doha. He will strengthen the existing team with his expertise in sustainability having led the development of an industry-leading environmental and sustainability modeling tool within the firm, SuBET©, which provides a valuable design framework for masterplanning right from the start of a project complementing sustainability assessment systems such as the regions own GSAS/QSAS.
Matt has provided expert engineering and sustainability advice on a wide range of landmark projects across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, including the re-masterplan for North YAS in Abu Dhabi and the environmentally progressive and iconic ‘Gherkin’ building, in London.
Launched in September 2011 as a joint venture with H.E. Dr. Sheikh Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Thani, Hilson Moran Qatar offers a wide range of engineering and specialist consultancy services to clients in sectors such as hotels and leisure, education, commercial and residential as well as in master-planning and infrastructure.
Tony Morris, Hilson Moran’s International Director responsible for the Middle East operations, said: “Qatar is committed to creating sustainable high quality environments for its community. Matt’s appointment will help strengthen our presence here and enable us to deliver well-engineered, functional buildings and master-plans that are sustainable and environmentally progressive.”
Hilson Moran’s design approach is based on a philosophy of ‘Environments for Life’, considering not only the needs of today but also those in the future life of communities and developments.
Furthermore, this approach will support the Qatar 2030 national vision in four key areas:
• Environmental Stewardship, where resources are conserved through careful selection and use of materials and efficient use of non renewable power;
• Social Diversification through the creation of healthy diverse communities and social spaces;
• Cultural Identity by designing for community cohesion and delivering a visual and educational stimulus;
• Economic Forethought to ensure the best return on investment.
Commenting on his appointment, Kitson said: “The Qatar market presents an exciting opportunity and Hilson Moran’s approach to design is very much aligned with the Qatar 2030 national vision. This is an exceptional career opportunity and I am extremely excited by the prospect of working on what will become some of the world’s truly iconic and sustainable designs.”
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