Omrania UK 30th Reunion FINAL

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A chronological account of Omrania UK from April 1980 to the May 28th 2010 30th Reunion celebration at the Windsor Castle Pub.

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Omrania UK 30th Reunion FINAL

  1. 1. Omrania UK 30th Reunion 27 April 1980 – 28 May 2010 Windsor Castle Pub
  2. 2. Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall 20 Campden Hill Road
  3. 3. How many times did we walk through these doors?
  4. 4. KSA PROJECTS “I think the reunion is a great idea. I had some of the best working years of my career at Omrania.” Jon McCarthy
  5. 5. Yanbu Area R4 Concept Sketch May 1980
  6. 6. Final Scheme
  7. 7. Perry Neubauer sketching at Yanbu al Nakl
  8. 8. DHL delivery of final documents
  9. 9. Pedestrian Way through Townhouse Clusters
  10. 10. DQDC Diplomatic Club Diplomatic Quarter
  11. 11. The August 1981 visit Wadi Hanafi Site visit August 1981
  12. 12. …. all along the watchtower
  13. 13. Relaxing with drinks at the Hyatt Jeddah after embassy programming interviews in August 1981.
  14. 14. Atelier Frei Otto
  15. 15. Design Development Presentation at RDA
  16. 16. Last minute second thoughts
  17. 17. Pre-bid Conference
  18. 18. No blasting Maltese masons
  19. 19. Eddie Pugh’s team
  20. 20. DQDC Site Office
  21. 21. View from International School
  22. 22. View from Wadi Hanafi
  23. 23. Dining Rose
  24. 24. Heart Tent
  25. 25. Charles and Diana visit the Club
  26. 26. Hugh Eccles Security Consultant DQDC RAF Club London 2005
  27. 27. Frei Otto receives RIBA Gold Medal February 2005
  28. 28. Gulf Cooperation Council Headquarters
  29. 29. Residence Hotel pickup Kiliç, Mitch, Lorenzo, Basem
  30. 30. Nobar Kiliç Ibrahim Basem Nick Atrium View
  31. 31. Secretariat
  32. 32. Conference Center
  33. 33. National Guard Township Behzad Shahrouz working on model
  34. 34. GOSI II reflecting GOSI I
  35. 35. SCANST
  36. 36. Thumama Park
  37. 37. Riyadh office
  38. 38. Riyadh office fire
  39. 39. Mazen Silwany at the DQ office
  40. 40. In their element - Andy Jones and Nobar Zadoyan
  41. 41. UPDATE “I look back on my time with Omrania and previously ADC with tremendous affection, they were good days.” Roger Coleman
  42. 42. 12 editions – an incredible history and great reading
  43. 43. COMPETITIONS “Hello from down under. Great to hear the spirit is there and this surprise contact has brought back some very happy memories.” Rob Conti P.S. I still have the bike that I used to ride to work on.
  44. 44. Paris Opera 1983
  45. 45. Kent State May 4 Memorial
  46. 46. PEOPLE “Best to all Omrania friends who might remember me.” Perry Neubauer
  47. 47. Basem doing what he likes best
  48. 48. Philippa’s going away party
  49. 49. DQDC team lunch on a working weekend preparing for a presentation to the Riyadh Development Authority.
  50. 50. Elephant & Castle Friday
  51. 51. FUN “Hard at work at Omrania never allowed out for any fun at all not even to do ballet exercises.” Phillipa Clare
  52. 52. Jimmies forever - Look at the prices
  53. 53. Softball and Cricket
  54. 54. Always fun - a fire drill
  55. 55. Queen’s Head Pub July 1989 celebrating Ward’s departure for San Diego
  56. 56. Long time friends from BWS: Alan Gayler David Baker John Green
  57. 57. Mike explains how to do the funky chicken
  58. 58. L to R: Kamal, Nobar, Ibrahim, Mike
  59. 59. L to R: Peter, Geoff, Roger, Bill, Nobar, Ken, Geoff, Lorenzo
  60. 60. Malcolm Moncrieff, Conseco
  61. 61. L to R: Elizabeth, Stefan, Kilic, Joan, Chris
  62. 62. UK PROJECTS “Didn’t we have good times?” Mike Wilkinson
  63. 63. Docklands Hotel for Nisses at City Harbour Isle of Dogs
  64. 64. A successful idea and planning application but someone else benefited and landed the project which reopened the swimming baths for the Chiswick community.
  65. 65. Alvik office development in Stockholm assisting CAN Arkitector with their client Nisses
  66. 66. Site visit July 1987
  67. 67. 16th century Huntercomb Manor
  68. 68. Field investigation for Oswestry Hospital
  69. 69. 4 Millbank – Old Crown Agents Headquarters 1912
  70. 70. February 1988 team meeting in Stockholm
  71. 71. Jack O’Connell on tour
  72. 72. Drawing by Robert Potter
  73. 73. Drawing by Robert Potter
  74. 74. Traditional and modern model offices
  75. 75. Construction
  76. 76. Nisses Site Office this way
  77. 77. Site Office L to R: Robin Butterell, unknown, Sandy Porter, Jack Osborne
  78. 78. Sales
  79. 79. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher makes a visit.
  80. 80. Lunch in the atrium
  81. 81. RECOGNITION “I think most people including myself felt that Omrania was the best working environment we were in and most are sorry we had to move on.” Robert Johnson
  82. 82. 1984
  83. 83. Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Barry Gasson, Sandy Wilson - some pretty distinguished company.
  84. 84. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Varnishing Day Friday 11 May 1984 Photo by Crispin Boyle
  85. 85. …. Omrania – all showed work of considerable flair and had 1985 designed effective stands.
  86. 86. 1987
  87. 87. “The garden designs by Marina Adams and Omrania suggest that there is a yearning for a more orderly kind of garden design and something of a return to formal geometry.” (Nick Sweet drawing)
  88. 88. 1986
  89. 89. 20 th REUNION “What a beautiful surprise; warm glimpses of precious past and happy memories.” Basem Shihabi
  90. 90. Elephant & Castle September 2000
  91. 91. Great fun …..
  92. 92. But the most incriminating is ……
  93. 93. But the most incriminating is ……
  94. 94. How about the 30th in 2010?
  95. 95. A great evening and reunion
  96. 96. 30 th REUNION “What a brilliant idea for the 30th Reunion.” Guy Dare “It is a really lovely idea to have a major get together.” Dave Tallin
  97. 97. “I can’t be with you for your reunion but I have asked my good friends Judy and Ward Thompson to personally wish each of you a very happy reunion. You did great work and should be very proud.” Barack Obama
  98. 98. 28 th May 2010
  99. 99. 6PM and awaiting the onslaught
  100. 100. Together again Guy and Philippa
  101. 101. Friends of Omrania UK Philip Lidgate (York Mansions) CG Pettersson (4 Millbank) and Judy Thompson and Alan Gayler (BWS)
  102. 102. Judy Thompson Marianne Fanous Reema Shihabi Sally Zadoyan
  103. 103. Philippa and Ken
  104. 104. Robert Potter and Chris Burrows
  105. 105. Ward and Basem Nabil and Judy
  106. 106. Basem Nobar CG Alan Nabil Ward Basem Jackie
  107. 107. John Basem CG Judy Alan Philip
  108. 108. Who else? Jon McCarthy at the bar of course
  109. 109. Everyone, including Jon, is astonished - Jon buys a round
  110. 110. Paul Hugh Andy Jon Keith Dave
  111. 111. Dave Hugh Keith Mark Broad and Paul Fox
  112. 112. Jon, I have been meaning to ask you about something.
  113. 113. Hugh wins the finals of the Windsor Castle Friday hold your breath contest against stiff competition.
  114. 114. Andy McCarthy shows his true colours
  115. 115. Sanjib Showti Mike Carol Reema Shaden
  116. 116. David Roger Kenneth Carol Ward Guy Judy
  117. 117. Roger makes his case for Basem has had enough of back pay while Basem David’s structural mumbo jumbo listens patiently. and reaches for his revolver.
  118. 118. Shaden and Robert discuss Despite Lorenzo’s best Robert’s uncontrollable stories, Ken struggles to stay winking syndrome. awake.
  119. 119. Mike explains the value of Judy suggests Mike tries drinking water at a reunion. Harvey’s Special.
  120. 120. Jon and Judy both thinking “what does Ward want now?”
  121. 121. Philippa and a few of her boyfriends
  122. 122. OK boys, here’s the plan.
  123. 123. You must be joking Kenneth. The transfer didn’t come through?
  124. 124. Kenneth in custody awaiting the paddy wagon.
  125. 125. Basem Hugh Gallagher Dave Fisher Philippa
  126. 126. Wendy Alan Ward John
  127. 127. Sally and Nobar Zadoyan
  128. 128. Jacqui Osborne
  129. 129. Philip Lidgate
  130. 130. Judy Thompson
  131. 131. Nabil Fanous
  132. 132. The end of a terrific evening – next one in how many years?
  133. 133. “Once we got over the shock of where all the young people had gone to then I think we had some fun.” Robert Johnson and Shaden Jiryes “It was a lovely evening and so enjoyable to catch up with some I haven’t seen for may years.” Robert Potter “It was a very special occasion … ten years for the next get together seems too long to wait, also I shall be 76!!” Alan Gayler “It was such an effortless and easy transition back in time without feeling it was back in time at all.” Jacqui Osborne
  134. 134. “As for the boss (Basem) what a wonderful chap, hasn’t changed a bit and obviously enjoyed himself immensely and managed to talk to just about everyone with genuine interest and sincerity.” Roger Coleman
  135. 135. A Day of Joy Let this be a day of joy, When we all can dance and play, When we all can shout and sing And rejoice in everything. Then you’ll see the sun will shine And the lovely spring be mine, Enchanting birds will sing for me, Lovely flowers and rustling tree. Suddenly we all are young, Happy lives are re-begun. Nothing will be sad or grey. Every sorrow fled away. For this blessing we will be Always happy, always free, Always loving, always gay. Heavy work is turned to play. Edward C.R. Fawcett OBE
  136. 136. IN MEMORIAM
  137. 137. Joan Carden Vaughn Lawton Ted Happold

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