Who we Are
Baker Wilkins & Smith is an international firm of construction consultants, our main core services being quantity surveying and project management. We were established in London in 1955 based on the original founders’ combined interest in international projects, mainly in Saudi Arabia. This soon spread to the whole Gulf region, the Caribbean, Africa and the Far East. Whilst maintaining a strong presence in the UK there was always a great emphasis on international markets. We opened our first Middle East office in Bahrain in 1972 and since then have operated in all gulf states with a strong association in the Lebanon.
We provide a wide range of construction consultancy services across many sectors in many locations from full pre-contract quantity surveying services to specialist dispute resolution. Having adopted a leading cost management software solution with CAD measure and BIM measure our measurement studio is able to deliver our core service of bills of quantities and cost plans in an increasingly streamlined manner. Our senior team adds the expertise and client facing skills needed to make BWS your ‘go-to’ construction consultancy.
A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors he specialises in adjudication, project audits and due diligence. Recently he has acted as independent Value Engineering facilitator on a significant mixed-use development.
Managing Director - Bahrain
His contractual experience encompasses many standard forms including FIDIC, JCT, NEC, GCW, as well as many bespoke forms, and his abilities include both contract administration and claims management.
Having spent time living and working in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates he is now back in the UK, based in the Reigate office just outside London. Jim joined BWS in 2018 and was promoted to UK director in 2019.
Director - Digital
We work with an inspiring group of companies who are as ambitious about creating
the most amazing developments around the globe as we are. See a few of our clients below…
Sand, rock and roll: Bahrain’s desert concert venue – Al Dana Amphitheatre Project features in RIBA Journal
The Al Dana Amphitheatre Project is lauded in a great RIBA Journal article.
Introducing Alec Ibrahim ‘Our Man in Beirut’ (also covering KSA, Oman, Egypt and France)
An introduction to Alec Ibrahim - BWS point of contact for work in Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Levant and Egypt.
Retrospective 2010s – Heat, Dust and Opportunity
A special feature in Building Magazine on our role in the construction of Basra Sports City working alongside UK/Iraqi architecture practice AMBS.
Retrospective 2000s – Umoja House – Dar Es Salaam
Tendering in Tanzania. Umoja House, the seven story office building that hosts the British High Commission is also home to the embassies of The Netherlands and Germany.