The future of banking
Bank Muscat is the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate of Oman with over 38% market share of assets. Our experts were involved in the project and programme management of the bank’s headquarters building, which functions as both a workplace and operational bank.
Bank Muscat Corporate Headquarters Project summary
Bank Muscat (SAOG)
WS Atkins, Hanscomb & Co, Geyer
- Start date
- January 2008
- End date
- July 2010
Blending traditional Omani architecture with futuristic design, the innovative headquarters in Al Seeb district of Muscat was an ambitious collaboration between ourselves, cost consultants Hanscomb & Co and leading architect and construction manager W.S. Atkins.
The construction began in January 2008 as we linked three main office areas with an auditorium and cutting edge executive office suites. These areas were then connected by a two-storey ‘street’ made from glass complete with restaurants, gym and a Bank Muscat branch, all flanked by beautiful palm trees and water features.
Although it was important that the region’s cultural aesthetics were observed throughout the construction, the iconic building enjoys a freshness in its open plan design. Bridges, ‘floating’ stairways and themed breakout areas were the brainchild of Geyer – an Australian interior designer.
Points of note
Central hubHome to 1,400 employees, Bank Muscat’s headquarters features cutting edge design with efficiency, simultaneously a workplace and fully operational retail branch. With this in mind, we ensured meticulous security measures.
Come for business, stay for pleasureAlthough Bank Muscat’s headquarters is custom-made for the functional needs of customers and employees, the on-site restaurants, gymnasium and relaxing surroundings mean it is a destination for business and pleasure alike.
Chic sustainabilityChic design is important, yet sustainability even more so. The building incorporates a swathe of energy saving initiatives such as high-performance glass, a reduction in glazing and external ‘musharbiya’ panels that allow natural light while keeping internal temperatures cool.
“The new head office is designed to be a landmark building in the Sultanate incorporating the latest technologies, security and convenience that will accommodate the bank's current and future requirements.”