Atkins, the lead designer of the Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines and designers of the new Dubai Trump International Hotel, have received the CNBC Arabian Property Award for high-rise architecture for the firm’s Al Sharq building.

The building has been credited for helping create a new design footprint for Kuwait, especially with its sustainability agenda.

Atkins’ head of concept architecture Nicholas Bailey says the building’s environmental footprint was reduced using a shallow plan office floor plate with heavily shaded facades, and flooded diffused natural light.

“Atkins’ design work is largely about adding maximum value to client’s projects through the collective cerebral processes of our multi-discipline design team,” Bailey says.

The 18m tower will cover 56,4000 square meters – with office spaces hanging from two parallel blades. It encompasses areas for leisure with internal and outdoor space.

The rooftop features restaurants and shops and a sky garden – all situated on a podium hanging above the two building pyres.

Atkins has more than 16,000 staff in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas focusing on the entire life-cycle of a building, from design to ongoing consultancy.

By Penny Jones