ISG completes Phase 1 of University of Wollongong Dubai's new campus

The UK-based contractor handed over levels one, three, four, six within the seven-storey structure to the university under Phase 1

University of Wollongong in Dubai's new campus will be located in Dubai Knowledge Park.
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University of Wollongong in Dubai's new campus will be located in Dubai Knowledge Park.

UK-headquartered contractor ISG has achieved a construction milestone by completing Phase 1 of University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD) new campus in Dubai Knowledge Park.

As part of the first phase, ISG has handed over levels one, three, four, and six within the seven-storey structure to the university. These floors feature UOWD’s English Language Testing System (IELTS) Centre, student lounges, laboratories, lecture theatres, offices of the management, leadership, and administration staff.

ISG began work on the site in November 2019, and the handover of Phase 1 is in line with its programme, as part of which the contractor will deliver the new campus, ahead of the start of the new academic year in September 2020.

Over the months, ISG has been strictly complying with health and safety guidelines, and has worked to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on productivity.

Some of the measures adopted by the contractor include review of safe travel to and from site, one-way site route planning, shift patterns, and deploying operatives on the site in adherence with strict social distancing regulations.

The contractor has also been ensuring  regular temperature checks for its operatives, and has recruited dedicated occupational health first responders to maintain consistently high productivity rates.

Additionally, in order to reduce the requirement of site visits, the contractor has also installed 360-degree cameras across the site. This has helped in inspections and validation work that have been carried out remotely, increasing efficiencies for operatives and project stakeholders.

Speaking about the construction milestone general manager for the Middle East at ISG,
Scott McCulloch, said: “By adopting a smart, agile and above all a robustly safe approach, and working in full collaboration with every project stakeholder, we have collectively risen to the challenge of operating in this ‘new normal’ and achieved an outstanding result.

“Technology has certainly played an important role in maintaining our productivity rates on site, and our strong tech-led credentials have helped us to deploy smart innovations quickly to generate immediate efficiency benefits.”

The building's interiors have been designed by Woods Bagot and project management services are being delivered out by Abu Dhabi-based consultancy Alexander Mac.

Cundall, C&B. and other project consultants are also working on the project.

Meanwhile, chief operating officer of UOWD, Andy Phillips, said: “UOWD is building the campus of the future with a focus on delivering a first-class education environment that meets the demands of evolving higher education models.”

Philips added that the new campus will open “at the start of the Autumn semester”.

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