Heriot-Watt University awards Emrill three-year facilities management contract
Dubai Heriot-Watt University awarded Emrill a three-year facilities management contract for its new campus at Dubai Knowledge Park
The scope of the contract includes the provision of hardware and software facility management services, including mechanics, engineering and plumbing (MEP), heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), housekeeping and specialized services for the university campus and common areas.
Emrill has mobilized a team of dedicated technicians and housekeepers, which will grow in the coming months. In addition to being responsible for cleaning and sanitizing common areas, including classrooms, dining rooms and student facilities, Emrill is responsible for providing a full range of ME P and HVAC services, including maintenance of air conditioning systems and chillers.
Stuart Harrison, CEO of Emrill, said: “Heriot-Watt University is known for its high quality academic standards and world-class educational facilities. We are delighted to be tasked with helping the university maintain its high standards by providing facilities management services at its new 218,000 square foot campus in Dubai Knowledge Park. “
The new campus includes a range of social learning spaces, including a dedicated math gym, library, high-tech facility for robotic and artificial intelligence, a student hub, clubs, societies and spaces to enable staff and researchers to create and operate businesses as well as to interact and work with business leaders and entrepreneurs.
“Many educational institutions in the region have temporarily closed their doors in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than attending classes, students engaged with their teachers and with each other through virtual learning. Thanks to the decisive and timely action of the UAE government and health authorities, UAE students now have the opportunity to return to class. Emrill is responsible for ensuring that health and safety remains the top priority in this transition to in-person learning at Heriot-Watt University, ”continued Harrison.
Harrison explained that while the methodologies used in delivering hardware and software facility management services have remained very similar to those offered before the pandemic, the applications for which they are provided have changed dramatically. Cleaning regimes typically used in health care environments, where mitigating the risk of cross-contamination and infection is a priority, are now used in other types of buildings, especially shopping centers, residential buildings and educational institutions.