Shepherd Gilmour was established in Manchester , England in 1959 providing consultancy services to the UK in structures, infrastructure, CDM and geotechnical engineering.  Astbury Shepherd Gilmour is the Middle East expansion of the business and has been operational in the UAE for over 10 years with offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In that time ASG has grown organically into a technically strong team of 50+ engineers, BIM and site staff. 

Throughout our tenure in the UAE we have  worked with some of the regions major developers and regularly work hand in hand with internationally recognised architectural practices on award winning projects. We have built up a reputation for being pro-active, with an innovative and flexible outlook to the design process and for producing on time.

As testimony to the quality of service we aim to provide for each and every commission; we take pride in the fact that over 95% of our workload is either repeat business from satisfied clients or follows recommendation from fellow professionals.


Our core business is structural engineering for which we have a vast amount of experience in all sectors and disciplines. We have designed and managed some of the UAE's most prestigious construction projects delivering an extremely high quality service on program and within budget. Our projects have the clients best interest in mind which results in extremely efficient design, a product of our UK heritage for accurate and elegant delivery of structural engineering design.

All our projects are overseen by a Director level engineer in keeping with our QA & QC execution, this also ensures the client can interact with those responsible for the entire duration of a project. 

architects of record

We introduced AoR services in 2015 and have undertaken a large number of projects in Dubai in that time. We have excellent relations and liscenses with Dubai Municipality, Trakhees and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority and continue to build on this month by month with every successful project delivered. Our scope of services include the verification and submission of all related consultants designs until issuance of building completion certificates. 

As part of our AoR services we also have a team of experienced resident engineers and design office practiced qualified structural engineers to take site roles for the duration of a project.

meet the team


Derek Astbury

Managing Director

Derek  is a Structural Engineer with 35 years in the industry practicing as a consultant having been with ASG & Shepherd Gilmour  for a total of 28 years and has been a director since 2001 .

Derek is experienced in structural design and practice management in both the UK and Middle East .Derek’s Experience encompasses structural design of a vast range of buildings in all forms and types of materials , structural assessment of existing buildings , acting as professional witness .

Derek is a Dubai Municipality certified engineer for unlimited storey height design.


David Podesta


David started at Shepherd Gilmour as a graduate engineer over 15 years ago in the Manchester office and has progressed through the company with the support of the senior management and partners. 

David moved to Dubai in early 2007, opening the first overseas office in the Shepherd Gilmour portfolio and is now a Director having gained a wealth of experience  on both continents and an in depth knowledge of the Middle East and GCC construction sector. 

David is a Dubai Municipality certified engineer for unlimited storey height design


Priyanka McCullough


Priyanka joined ASG in 2013 and is now a director in the company. 

She is a chartered structural engineer who has over 20 years of experience in the industry, 7 of which has been in Dubai. Priyanka leads a variety of projects, collaborating with clients and project teams to pursue and achieve new levels of design excellence. 


Sham Kumar

CAD BIM Manager

Sham has the full responsibility of overseeing the preparation of design and detail drawings, as well as managing the CAD and revit resources effectively in the office. 

He has extensive experience with CAD systems including AutoCAD, Microstation and Revit, providing guidance and training to the staff on new up and coming advances in the BIM field.


Amira Abdulameem

Senior Architect

Amira is responsible for ASG Architect of Record department and manages the procedures and details required from initially lodging the projects with the municipalities to the issuance of the final building permit. Amira has a wealth of experience dealing with the intracacies of local approvals with DM, DCCA, DCD and Trakees.