University of Birmingham HERO - ISG

University of Birmingham

Delivering the University of Birmingham's first-ever global campus and state-of-the-art teaching facility
  • Customer
    University of Birmingham
  • Completion Date
    March 2018
  • Value
    AED 10m
  • Project Manager
    BDP International
  • Area
    28,000 sq ft
  • Program Duration
    30 weeks
  • Architect
    BDP International
  • ME Engineer
    Hore Lea
University of Birmingham MEDIA - ISG


ISG was appointed by University of Birmingham to deliver the 28,000 sq ft fit out of it's first global campus and state-of-the art teaching facility in Dubai.

The University of Birmingham is the first global top 100 and member of the UK’s elite Russell Group of universities to establish a campus in Dubai, creating a world-class learning environment for students from across the UAE and beyond.

The project

For this project, ISG delivered its first phase over an accelerated 12-week programme to accommodate the university’s first intake of students in autumn 2018.

We successfully delivered a range of advanced facilities comprising a 180-seat lecture theatre, a fully-equipped science teaching laboratory, and a state-of-the-art computer laboratory.

The scheme also included the provision of digitally-connected teaching spaces, tutorial rooms and seminar facilities, with ISG installing the very latest digital infrastructure to support the future growth of the campus.

ISG ensured that all authorities’ approvals and UAE regulations requirements were communicated to the client in a clear a precise way in order to help them understood the constraints on the programme and design.

We also maintained constant communication with the UAE team on the ground as well as the UK team to get an understanding on all requirements to action quickly to ensure that all were acted in a timely manner in order to reduce any potential delay impact on the programme.

“The Middle East team captured every piece of information coming from the UK, and provided useful insights for us meet the local UAE requirements. Due to the effective communication and transparency between the teams, we were able to establish mutual trust and a working relationship that transcended geographical locations. It is evident that ISG is truly a global company, with the ability to deliver complex, high-quality projects across the world. The final project outcome and aftercare was excellent; we look forward to engage ISG again, and will highly recommend their professional services to others.”

Ben Bailey, Campus Director, University of Birmingham, Dubai