GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. They provide engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients.
Established in 1928 and privately owned by their people, GHD operates across five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America – and the Pacific region. They employ more than 8500 people in 200+ offices to deliver projects with high standards of safety, quality and ethics across the entire asset value chain. Driven by a client-service led culture, we connect the knowledge, skill and experience of our people with innovative practices, technical capabilities and robust systems to create lasting community benefits.
Committed to sustainable development, GHD improves the physical, natural and social environments of the many communities in which they operate. They are guided by their workplace health, safety, quality and environmental management systems, which are certified by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance to the relevant international standards (ISO and OHSAS).
In alignment with the global demands of water, energy and urbanization, their aim is to exceed the expectations of their clients and contribute to their success.
1. AL WAKRAH HOSPITAL
The design is based on concentric circles, evocative of a stone thrown in a pond, to symbolize the outward growth of the hospital as it it expands into the future. The circular design allows for maximum use of light, which is both environmentally sound and also thought to be beneficial in the healing of patients.
In providing a full range of services from conception to completion, GHD is actively developing a facility that contributes to the health and well-being of a nation. Blending traditional Arabic and modern architecture, this development incorporates design aspects so patrons can associate with and embrace their environment.
2. BILAL PEARL TOWER
The tower development consists of chalets; studios; one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses; and facilities including two swimming pools, and separate male and female gymnasiums.
GHD is delivering a design that fits the high-end location in the Viva Bahriya district of Pearl Island, while taking into account the client’s need for a spatially-efficient outcome. This has maximized the use of space and increased the number of apartments to 166 – a 17 percent improvement over the base design.
3. NEW DOHA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DUTY FREE WAREHOUSES, QATAR
The design and build project was awarded to Zublin International Qatar and is planned for completion by December 2012.
The In-flight duty free store has a footprint of approximately 2,000 m² and is a ground floor warehouse used for storing in flight products to be sold on aircraft and is inclusive of limited office accommodation.
The duty free warehouse has a footprint of approximately 11,400 m² and is of structural steel framed construction on in-situ concrete foundations with steel composite mezzanine floors and proprietary roofing and cladding systems. It is intended to house a variety of goods for the Qatar duty free, prior to the goods being distributed to the main terminal building.
4. GRAND HYATT RESORT
The Grand Hyatt development, commissioned by the Tourism Investment Company, is a luxurious resort complex comprising a 250-suite hotel and fully serviced five-star holiday villas. Located along the Arabian Gulf, the innovative cluster layout concept maximises the view of the beach from each villa, while retaining privacy. The design engenders the site’s characteristics, that of the collusion of water and the desert.
GHD, which was engaged by Sheik Falah bin Jassim Al Thani, was responsible for design and supervision of the civil, architecture, structure and landscape for the QAR381 million project, including:
- Concept design and design management
- Design development including structural, civil and landscape design
- Construction documentation and tender process management
- Contract administration and site supervision
- Post contract management and quality assurance
5. KHALIFA STADIUM
The Khalifa Sports City Development Committee awarded GHD two contracts to redevelop the Khalifa Sports City. The scope of the work included an upgrade of the stadium and landscape redevelopment over an area of 95ha.
GHD delivered the engineering design, project management and construction phase services for the AUD$170 million stadium upgrade, which included the new roof and lighting arch.
“The western stand of the stadium now has a new high-tensile shading structure with a spectacular lighting arch erected over the opposing eastern stand, to provide visual and symmetrical balance for the roof’s curved lines,” describes GHD’s Mike Kemp.
Other works included increasing the seating capacity to 40,000, with VIP and corporate lounges and new athlete, media and administrative facilities.
In the Khalifa Sports City landscape contract, GHD was engaged to prepare the detailed design and construction tender documentation. These works involved extensive landscape and external works including plantings, paving, car parks, water features, and other urban design elements, as well as civil infrastructure.
About Russel Board – Chairman
Des Whybird has stepped down from his role as GHD’s Chairman following the company’s Annual Board Meeting in November, announcing his retirement from the company. Des has held the position for three years and prior to that was GHD’s CEO for five years. A board member for 12 years, Des is a recognised industry leader across Australia, where he has made a major contribution to infrastructure during his 38 year career with GHD.
Russell Board has been announced the company’s new Chairman, formally taking over from Des in November 2011. Well known to many in the GHD network and across the industry itself, Russell has held management roles in the Northern Territory, Queensland, New Zealand, South East Asia, South America and most recently, as General Manager for Australia and New Zealand. A board member since 1999, Russell has demonstrated a capacity for leadership and sound judgement in all matters of strategy and governance.
Commenting on his appointment, Russell offered, “I am delighted to be received as GHD’s Chairman. I am passionate about the company, and excited by the opportunities which lie ahead. To have so many wonderful, talented people all working to position GHD as a leader in each of our five global markets will no doubt guide us toward success.”
GHD CEO Ian Shepherd has been re-appointed for a further three years, a validation of his strong performance in leading the company through recent challenging market conditions, maintaining revenue of around AUD1 billion for the past three years and taking advantage of emerging opportunities. GHD is now ranked 52nd in the Engineers News Record Top 150 Global Design Firms Survey, and has collected more than 50 awards in the last 12 months.
GHD serves the global markets of water, environment, transportation, energy and resources, and property and buildings.
GHD operates in 5 continents and has an integrated network of offices throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and the Americas.
- Air & Noise
- Asset & Facilities Management
- Climate Change
- Climate Change
- Commercial & Cost Services
- Communication Systems
- Contamination Assessment & Remediation
- Design Documentation
- Electrical Engineering – Building
- Electrical Engineering – Industrial
- Food Processing
- Fire and Life Safety