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University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)

A world-class education facility built to sustainability and WELL standards.
University Wollongong Dubai common area with desks and chairs.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates


​University of Wollongong​


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This brand new seven storey building with 17,000m2 of space involved re-purposing the building design from a commercial to educational facility. Sustainability was key to this project and local materials were sourced where possible from manufacturers as well as sustainable timber and recycled materials. The overall construction budget was reduced by 7% through optimal design and 8% was saved on construction costs through value engineering and coordinated design.

Our building services team designed a new building management system which controls the HVAC system and consequently reduces energy consumption. Sustainability and WELL standards have been incorporated into the design to achieve top of the class facility. 23% lower water consumption than DEWA guideline has also been achieved. The latest IT and AV technology for education spaces was adopted to inspire classroom creativity. A high-efficiency lighting system uses LED and an advanced control system which ensures a reduction in energy consumption.

"The Cundall team has delivered high quality designs and thanks to the great team collaboration, we were able to make significant progress and on time delivery. Also based on Cundall’s value engineering assessment, we have been able to achieve reduction in overall construction cost." Pierre Miquel, University of Wollongong Global Enterprises, Director – Property & Facilities.

Key fact

A world-class “built-to-suit” education facility


Jon Lee in office

Jon Lee

Head of Acoustics, MENA

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The project was the result of truly global collaboration with an international team delivering across multiple time-zones.