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Mark Cummins appointed as Head of International Operations
We are delighted to announce that Mark Cummins has joined chapmanbdsp as Head of International Operations.
With more than 20 years’ experience, Mark has been responsible for the design and delivery of some of the industry’s exemplar sustainability projects and has led engineering teams on high-profile schemes across the Middle East, Australia, Asia and the UK.
Mark joins the company as it expands its offering in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East and will be responsible for sustaining international growth through strategic partnerships, as well as reinforcing chapmanbdsp’s reputation as a leading international MEP and sustainability consultant.
Ray Upjohn, Chief Executive of chapmanbdsp, said: “Mark has an exceptional track-record in designing and delivering first-class sustainable developments globally and his skill and passion perfectly matches our ambitions for the company. We are very excited by Mark’s appointment and have regional teams and collaborations in place to match and help realise those ambitions quickly.”
Before joining chapmanbdsp, Mark worked for other leading design consultancies around the globe. In Australia, he was responsible for the design and delivery of many award-winning projects, including CH2 in Melbourne, which is still considered to be one of the world’s greenest buildings. He was also a pioneer and advocate of the NABERS energy performance scheme, which has recently launched in the UK, and was a key contributor to sustainability benchmarking tools and frameworks which are now widely used in the industry.
More recently, he was solely responsible for the strategy, masterplanning and infrastructure design of a new smart sustainable city near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which had a focus on technology, smart mobility, carbon reduction and the circular economy.
In the MENA region, Mark has worked on many landmark projects, including the Creek Park Masterplan at Dubai Creek Harbour, the KFUPM Business Park in Dharan, KSA, the HSBC Headquarters in Dubai, the Zayed National Museum, Deira City Centre and the Bulgari Hotel and Luxury Marina Village. He was also the MEP project director for the Katara Phase IV project in Doha, Qatar.
Through its regional offices, chapmanbdsp has delivered several high-profile MENA projects, including UAE Pavilion, D3 Design District, BLVD Heights, DWC Hilton and the World Trade Centre in Abu Dhabi. It also has a collaboration agreement with Hamdan Consulting Office (HCO) to deliver projects in Saudi Arabia. It has completed 13 cinema projects with HCO for AMC Cinemas, with more currently under construction.
Mark will also be responsible for evolving chapmanbdsp’s footprint in Africa, where it has been involved in notable projects across several countries – including the Britam Tower in Kenya, which won the prestigious CTBUH MEP Engineering Award in 2019.
“I am delighted to be joining chapmanbdsp, an organisation aligned to my values in providing leadership in sustainability, technology and innovation across the built environment,” Mark said. “I am truly excited to be able to combine these values with my global experience and work with our international clients and partners to deliver chapmanbdsp’s vision internationally; to develop more sustainable, happier and healthier environments for our future generations.”
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