Sammon firm wins €120m Emirates school deal

ENGINEERING and construction firm Sammon Group has secured contracts worth €120 million to build five primary schools in the United Arab Emirates.

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), part of the Abu Dhabi government, has contracted the Kildare firm to complete the project within 10 months.

Each school will cater for between 1,225 and 1,500 students and feature energy efficient air conditioning systems and water-saving devices. Each school will generate its own daily electricity consumption. Each will have sport facilities, swimming pools, auditoriums, libraries, labs and ICT rooms, plus high tech music and art rooms.

Sammon Group founder and chief executive Miceál Sammon said: “ADEC’s educational strategy is ground-breaking and the Sammon Group are delighted to be selected as ADEC’s trusted partner in delivering one of the world’s most ambitious school building programmes.

“Our success in winning the Abu Dhabi Future Schools Building Programme comes from our knowledge and understanding of building world class educational facilities in both Ireland and the Middle East.”

Sammon Group has previously built several education facilities in the UAE during the past three years. It is the region’s largest provider of school accommodation. The group is also tendering for kindergartens, private education facilities and universities in the Gulf region.

The €120m contract represents one-third of the total spend on new schools under the first phase of the Abu Dhabi Future School Programme and is the biggest lot for a single contractor.

By the time these five projects are completed, Sammon Group will have delivered one million sq ft of school accommodation for the Abu Dhabi government.

Enterprise Ireland’s Middle East regional director, Jim Mongey, said: “The construction market in the UAE and the wider Middle East region is ripe with opportunity for Irish firms. Our indigenous construction sector, with its track record for excellence and innovation, can offer this market specialist, world-class expertise across the full spectrum of construction services.”

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