Linesight delivers HPE office fit-out in Dubai on time, within budget
Consultancy oversaw initial budget validation, cost estimates, as well as advice and management of costs for design changes
Construction consultancy Linesight has delivered cost management services for the commercial fit-out project of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) new Middle East headquarters in Dubai Internet City, on time and within budget, the firm confirmed in a statement.
Commenting on the successful completion of the services in September 2019, the regional director for the Middle East at Linesight, Ciaran McCormack, said: “We oversaw all pre- and post-contract cost management services, including the initial budget validation, cost estimates, as well as advice and management of costs for design changes throughout the post construction phase.”
Linesight also managed the tendering process and contract negotiation, as well as providing value engineering and advice on procurement strategy.
McCormack added: “Despite recent challenges in the market owing to volatile oil prices, the GCC – and particularly the UAE and Saudi Arabia – have in fact witnessed a growth in the number of fit-out projects awarded as a result of Expo 2020 in Dubai and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“With the opening of Expo 2020 now less than a year away, we are seeing an increased focus on refurbishments in the region as clients look at reinventing space rather than building new structures from scratch.”
HPE’s office, located in the heart of Dubai Internet City’s Innovation Hub, features 150 workstations, breakout and quiet spaces, a fitness studio, and a breakout room.
Adjacent to the office building are two independent pods, which are set to become HPE’s inaugural Digital Life Garages, a series of next-generation HPE innovation centres.
The centres will be established around the world over the coming years. The HPE Digital Life Garage, will consist of three parts once completed.
Firstly, the ‘Lab’, where interactive workshops will take place between HPE, customers, and partners to create innovative concepts and pro-production demonstrations;
Secondly, the ‘Venue’, which will showcase all innovation realised in the HPE Digital Life Garage in the UAE and across the world, to partners and customers.
Thirdly, the ‘Digital Knowledge Centre’, where new competencies in technology, business, and management, will be discussed through a combination of seminars, workshops, and on-the-job training with lab fellows and senior engineers from HPE and its partners.
McCormack said: “With a scheduled completion date of March 2020, we are currently providing full cost management services for the development of these Digital Life Garages, which will offer HPE partners and customers in the UAE, the opportunity to benefit from competencies, solutions, and innovations developed around the world, while also showcasing what is created in the UAE market.”