A new high specification 200,000 sq ft, seven-floor campus development for the University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD) at Dubai Knowledge Park is on track to finish on time, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.Construction firm ISG has handed over levels one, three, four and six to the university, which house UOWD’s English Language Testing System (IELTS) Centre, alongside students’ lounges, laboratories and lecture theatres, and the university’s leadership, management, and administration offices.
The new campus will be delivered in full ahead of the start of the new academic year in September. Work on the project started in November 2019.On-site safety measures included agile shift patterns and flexing the number of operatives on site to conform with strict social distancing regulations. ISG also recruited dedicated occupational health first responders and introduced daily temperature checking of employees.
The use of 360-degree cameras reduced the need for site visits and the UAE’s official contact-tracing app helped identify any infection risks.Scott McCulloch, general manager, Middle East, ISG, says: “Celebrating this key programme milestone for the UOWD has extra resonance during this unprecedented global crisis. 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."