Turner & Townsend has been appointed to oversee the construction of Unilever’s new manufacturing factory in the United Arab Emirates.
As part of the contract the global construction and programme management consultancy will provide full project and cost management services.
Unilever, a leader in building world-class factories with minimal environmental impact, is designing the new facility in line with its Sustainable Living Plan. For example, it will send zero waste to landfill. This is similar to Unilever’s Lipton Jebel Ali Factory, in Jebel Ali Freezone.
Turner & Townsend, which is providing key members of staff on the ground for the new factory, is also in charge of planning and contract administration services, supporting the procurement strategy, ensuring effective value engineering, and risk management processes.
The global construction and programme management consultancy was selected based on its strength of its local team and a successful global partnership with Unilever in previous projects throughout Europe and Asia.
Mike Collings, managing director, Middle East for Turner & Townsend said: “Having worked successfully with Unilever on multiple occasions, we have a clear understanding of their expectations so we are well positioned to deliver a high-quality finished product, which will exemplify best practice in environmental friendly construction.
“As the UAE continues to diversify into non-oil sectors, this project represents a significant investment in the region’s manufacturing industries – a venture we’re proud to be a part of.”
Ahmed Kadous, supply chain director at Unilever Gulf, added: “We’ve worked with Turner & Townsend before so we’re confident in their ability to deliver the latest and best practice whilst working on this project.
“Our decision to continue investing in Dubai was the result of the steady rise in demand for quality personal care products in the region. In addition to that, the new facility will assist us in achieving our long-term vision; doubling the size of our business while halving our environmental footprint.”