Drake & Scull awarded phase one contract for the Doha Metro depots
Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI), a regional market leader in the integrated design, engineering and construction disciplines of General Contracting, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), Water and Power, Rail, and Oil and Gas, and Water and Wastewater Treatment, has announced that the Fujita Corporation has awarded Drake & Scull Rail (DSR) a QR 340 Million contract related to the delivery of the first phase of the Doha Metro Depots. The Fujita Corporation is undertaking the construction of the Red and Green Lines of Doha Metro’s Depots.
Under the terms of agreement, Drake & Scull Rail will undertake the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of all MEP building services to be provided in both the Depot & Stabling yard pertinent to the Red and Green lines and their associated buildings with a scheduled delivery slated for 2019. Drake & Scull will also be actively involved in the design verification process as a participant in the design review meetings.
Ahmad Al Naser, Managing Director, Drake & Scull Engineering said: “The Doha Metro phase one project is a landmark urban transport project in the GCC region and our second major rail project following the Airport Passenger mover at the Dubai Airport. Our experience and skills on iconic projects in the UK such as the St. Pancras Station redevelopment, the Channel Tunnel rail link infrastructure, the Jubilee line extension, and the Stratford and Ebbsfleet train stations in the UK will prove critical in the successful delivery of the Doha Metro. We look forward to successfully executing and delivering the project in collaboration with our sister company DSI Qatar, which has earned its reputation as one of the major Engineering services firms in Qatar through exceptional work on renowned landmark projects in Qatar.”
Darko Macura, Operations Director, Drake & Scull Rail said: “We have engaged with leading global rail experts and technology service providers and have entered into strategic partnerships and consortiums and we are actively bidding and tendering for several high profile rail networks and urban transport projects in the UAE, KSA and Qatar markets. Our global experience, traditional MEP expertise, ISO certified management processes and modern technology platforms give us a competitive edge in the Rail sector. We are confident about securing more rail projects in the region, backed by the extensive Drake & Scull International PJSC group of companies’ regional network of offices and personnel.”
Drake & Scull Rail is an internationally recognized enterprise with a proven record of over 40 years, in delivering turnkey rail construction and maintenance projects in Europe and East Asia. Drake & Scull Rail offers complete EPC solutions for all systems and services for stations, depots and tunnels, catering to industrial, manufacturing, governmental and railroad clients across MENA and South Asia.
Established by global construction conglomerate Drake & Scull International PJSC, Drake & Scull Rail have completed many rail projects in the UK and Far East rail markets covering a range of complex requirements for railway engineering systems. These projects include underground metro networks, high speed rail, urban commuter rail, iconic rail terminus’ and rolling stock maintenance depots.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.