DEWA competition scheme
DEWA competition scheme
DEWA competition scheme
International design competition for new headquarters building
In 2016, our engineers worked with UK architect HKR on an entry for an international competition to design a new headquarters building in Dubai for DEWA, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority. The scheme reached the final shortlist.

We worked closely with HKR in London, attending interviews in Dubai and co-ordinating with Whitby Mohajer Engineers (WME), our sister practice, which provided building services engineering.

The DEWA brief called for the design of a building of international standing that brought together DEWA’s various departments and functions. A primary requirement was for a net zero energy building, powered using energy generated on site.

The proposed site is adjacent to a station on the Dubai Metro, with high level pedestrian links. The competition team looked very closely at the specified overall size of the building and at inter-departmental relationships within DEWA, proposing to achieve the brief with a smaller building, compartmentalised for energy saving operation. We proposed a steel frame solution for greater flexibility of use — an relatively unusual approach for commercial buildings in the UAE.

The entry reached the competition final shortlist of four schemes, and was the only UK-led team to do so.

Dubai, UAE
HKR Architects


Structural engineering
Geotechnical engineering
Civil engineering



renderings : HKR Architects

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