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Imdaad phased out of the Burj

Facilities management company Imdaad, formerly known as Serco Gulf, is being 'phased out' of the Burj Dubai project, Construction Week has learned.

Developer Emaar Properties is looking to form its own FM provider for the Burj Dubai. (Khatuna Khutshishvili/ITP Images)
Developer Emaar Properties is looking to form its own FM provider for the Burj Dubai. (Khatuna Khutshishvili/ITP Images)

Facilities management company Imdaad, formerly known as Serco Gulf, is being 'phased out' of the Burj Dubai project, Construction Week has learned.

Developer Emaar is to replace the company with its own team, which will manage the project.

A spokesperson from Emaar confirmed that an in-house team is to be brought in, but denied any fall out between itself and Imdaad.

"Imdaad's role was to advise Emaar on facilities management issues during the detailed design and construction phases of the project. Emaar is now putting together a dedicated team to manage Burj Dubai once it is completed. As such, Imdaad's role is being phased out while the Emaar team is being put in place. Emaar and Imdaad share a strong working relationship and we are very satisfied with the services provided by Imdaad."

David Mitcham, a consultant at Imdaad, said the company is currently working on the Burj Dubai project in an advisory capacity and plans to continue in that role until no longer required by Emaar.

"There is no contract with Emaar at the moment," he said.

"Our contract finished in 2006 and we've been providing an advisory service since then, which we will continue. We have completed our deliverables and our role will continue, until Emaar needs us. There have not been any disagreements with Emaar. In terms of our role, those that have been on the job have provided an excellent service. We've had a long-standing relationship with Emaar and I'm sure we will continue to do so. There's never been an issue with performance. They've got an enormous asset base and they're starting to bring in a team to manage that in-house."

Imdaad was appointed by Emaar as facilities management consultant in 2005.

Serco International sold its 49% stake in Serco Gulf to investment holding company Istithmar, bringing a close to their existing facilities management joint venture partnership in May.

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