Led by managing director for Southeast Asia and Middle East, Steve Ramsden, fit-out contractor ISG has had a busy 12 months, carrying out refurbishment projects for the Golden Tulip hotel group and the UAE’s Zayed University.
In February, the company announced the completion of its major refurbishment project at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium, one of the oldest sports facilities in the UAE. The work was completed in 30 weeks, and included the renovation of the staff administration offices, VIP lounge area, leasable Grade A offices, public washrooms, and the entire flooring of the corridors in the upper concourse and ground floors. The fire and life safety systems, and the electromechanical systems were also upgraded.
Fit-out projects were also carried out by ISG for the University of Birmingham Dubai, as well as for two restaurants at the city’s H Hotel, the Roxy Cinema venue in City Walk, and various corporate office projects in Dubai International Financial Centre, Emaar Business Park, and Abu Dhabi Global Market Square.
Looking ahead, ISG’s current portfolio includes two high-end restaurants in the W Dubai – The Palm, which is set to open in October; multiple sites for Mashreq Bank; and Federal Tax Authority Offices. Despite the liquidity and payment risks that are affecting the regional market at present, “multi-sector global experience allows ISG to access more diverse market opportunities”, Ramsden tells Construction Week.
This year, ISG will also be delivering training initiatives such as a leadership development programme for its senior managers, and implementing enterprise resource planning and on-site project management software.