Heriot-Watt University awards Emrill a three-year facilities management contract

Heriot-Watt University Dubai has awarded Emrill a three-year facilities management contract for its new campus in Dubai Knowledge Park. The contract scope includes the delivery of hard and soft facilities management services, including mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP), heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), housekeeping and specialist services for the university campus and common areas.

Emrill has mobilised a team of dedicated technicians and  housekeeping attendants, which will increase in the coming months. In addition to being responsible for the cleaning and sanitation of common areas, including classrooms, dining areas and student facilities, Emrill is responsible for delivering a comprehensive range of MEP and HVAC services, including the maintenance of air conditioning systems and chillers.

Stuart Harrison, Emrill’s CEO, said: “Heriot-Watt University is known for its high-quality academic standards and world-class educational facilities. We are delighted to be entrusted to help the university maintain its high standards with the delivery of facilities management services at its new 218,000 square-foot campus in Dubai Knowledge Park.”

The new campus features a range of social learning spaces, including a dedicated maths gym, a library, a high-tech facility for robotics and artificial intelligence, a student hub, clubs and societies, and spaces to enable staff and researchers to create and operate businesses as well as interact and work with business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Harrison continued: “Many educational institutes in the region closed their doors temporarily in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than attending classes, students engaged with their teachers and each other via virtual learning. Thanks to the UAE’s government and health authorities’ decisive and timely action, students in the UAE now have the opportunity to return to the classroom. Emrill is tasked with ensuring health and safety remain top priority in this transition back to in-person learning at Heriot-Watt University.”

Harrison explained that while the methodologies used in the delivery of hard and soft facilities management services have remained very similar to those offered pre-pandemic, the applications for which they are delivered has changed dramatically. Cleaning regimes typically used in healthcare environments, where the mitigation of cross-contamination and infection risks is a priority, are now being used in other types of buildings, including malls, residential buildings and educational facilities

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