The achievement reflects the successful implementation of the highest health, safety, and environment (HSE) procedures and puts the construction project on track for completion in Q3 2021, with 100 per cent of structural works already finished.
Rigorous measures have been adopted to ensure the safety of the more than 6,000 workers deployed to deliver the campus in Dubai’s largest academic ecosystem, home to more than 27,000 students from over 100 countries.
Khansaheb, the main contractor, worked in collaboration with the University of Birmingham Dubai and Dubai International Academic City to implement stringent HSE protocols. This included working with certified third-party operators, machines, and equipment to deliver complex and potentially dangerous work at high and low heights, such as façade fixing, MEP services, plastering, and gypsum application.
Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Park, said: “The safety milestones marked in the construction of the new University of Birmingham Dubai campus have been remarkable, not just due to the unique environment we currently operate in, but because the project itself involves such intricate levels of attention to detail. We are excited to see the new campus take shape. The University of Birmingham is a world-class academic institution and ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. We are confident that it will further cement Dubai’s position as an attractive and competitive destination for higher education and promote the knowledge-based economy.”
Professor David Sadler, University of Birmingham Dubai Provost, said: “This milestone is an important step forward in the construction of the University of Birmingham Dubai’s iconic new campus and a testament to the collaborative manner in which this is taking shape. It not only reflects Khansahab’s strong commitment to the highest safety protocols but excellent planning and execution. We look forward to opening the doors to our innovative new building to students in Dubai International Academic City, which is a vibrant destination for learning, and providing a first-class British education to thousands of students.”
As part of the safety measures, dedicated pedestrian access has been created for workers, staff, and visitors at the new campus to minimise the man-machine interface, reducing incident probability. As even minor heights may cause severe accidents, industrial hop-ups have been provided for all high-access work.
Bi-weekly maintenance services, constant atmospheric inspections around manholes, regular job rotations, good lighting and cooling in work areas, and strict barricading ensure that the construction site is safe and secure.
More than 56 water stations have been erected at different locations across the project providing sufficient access to cool drinking water and isotonic solutions to avoid the risk of dehydration, alongside on-site dining facilities that can accommodate over 250 workers with COVID-19 social distancing requirements in place. Provisions have also been made to heat food before consumption.
The new University of Birmingham Dubai campus will eventually be home to up to 2,900 students and features innovative teaching and research spaces to encourage cross-disciplinary working. There will also be a focus on learning spaces incorporating digital technology and a student hub to support student needs across teaching and well-being.
Dubai International Academic City stands as one of the region’s largest academic ecosystems that is home to 27 universities from nine countries. Some of the most well-known global institutions are based in the business district.