Patrick Sweeney appointed CEO of Macair
Dated: 22-04-2012

Macair, part of Transguard Group has appointed Patrick Sweeney as CEO. The company is a project specialist with expertise in mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), construction, interior fit-outs, hard landscaping and security technology projects.

Irish-born Sweeney brings with him more than 35 years’ experience in construction and engineering disciplines through a variety of senior management roles in the Middle East.

Having lived in Dubai since 1976, Sweeney has been involved in a vast number of construction and civil engineering projects in the GCC States including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Commenting on the appointment, managing director of Transguard Group, Mike McGeever said, "Pat’s industry knowledge and market experience will be invaluable as we continue to develop Macair’s world-class project capability."

Patrick Sweeney, CEO, Macair


the challenge and sees a great deal of potential for the business. "Macair is already a major part of the Transguard Group but I am really looking forward to exploring ways to grow our existing portfolio of clients and to establishing us in new markets."Macair is a Transguard Group company operating alongside its other core businesses in facilities management and cash services.

Alstom and Cofely Besix FM to provide maintenance service for the Dubai tramway

With the start of commercial services slated for the end of 2014, Dubai will become the first city in the Gulf region to operate a tramway system

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has awarded a 13-year maintenance contract for the Al Sufouh tramway in Dubai, UAE, to a consortium comprised of Alstom and Cofely Besix Facility Management (FM). The total value of the contract amounts to €120 million, including €68 million for Alstom and €52 million for Cofely Besix FM. It includes an option for a five-year extension in the amount of €50 million.

The contract is for the maintenance of the rolling stock and fixed installations to be delivered by Alstom and Cofely Besix FM for phase 1 of the Dubai tramway project. This phase 1 includes the supply of 11 Citadis tramsets, 10 kilometres of track, 13 stations and other equipment (electrification, signalling, ticketing systems). The maintenance contract includes preventive and corrective routine maintenance, equipment renewal, technical support, management of spare-parts inventories for the Citadis tramsets and the implementation of major maintenance programme. It also involves maintaining the passenger stations, maintenance depot, track and platforms, points and crossings, power supply and distribution equipment, ground-level power supply system (APS), communication and signalling systems and other electromechanical installations in perfect condition. This overall maintenance service, based on performance objectives measured daily in terms of the availability of the transport system and its infrastructures, will ensure optimal operating conditions for the trams, which will run for 20 hours a day, from 5 am to 1 am. Cofely Besix FM will be in charge of maintaining the stations and depot (MEP Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) and will provide associated services in the stations and along the track.

A phase 2 of the Dubai tramway project provides for 14 additional Citadis tramsets, as well as four additional kilometres of track and six stations. Building on the ongoing work for phase 1 of the project, this maintenance contract highlights the relationship of trust that has developed between RTA and the members of the consortium. With the start of commercial services slated for the end of 2014, Dubai will become the first city in the Gulf region to operate a tramway system. The APS technology selected for use on the Dubai tramway is a catenary-free system which helps to preserve the urban environment and historic heritage of city centres. It has been in service in Bordeaux since 2003 and has also been selected by the cities of Rheims, Angers and Orleans in France.

Emrill inks agreement to offer services to properties managed by Allsopp & Allsopp

Emrill recently announced the signing of a framework agreement with Allsopp & Allsopp, a real estate agency. According to this agreement, Emrill will be the exclusive maintenance service provider for properties managed by Allsopp & Allsopp in Dubai.

Emrill’s home maintenance division MPLUS+ will support Allsopp & Allsopp’s recently launched Property Management division, specially designed to cater to the needs of landlords who are based overseas or do not have the time to manage their properties in Dubai. As part of the agreement, Emrill is providing a dedicated online portal for Allsopp and Allsopp and its customers, which will allow service requests to be placed and tracked online, provide instant updates as recorded by Emrill’s field teams and maintain a full history of discussions for future reference.

Emrill will provide Allsopp & Allsopp with maintenance services for apartments, villas and townhouses with air conditioning, electrical and plumbing maintenance, reactive repairs and one off works including painting, re-decorating and cleaning.

Ben Churchill, managing director of Emrill said, "We are happy to provide our services to Allsopp & Allsopp. This first of its kind engagement, between a leading real estate management company and a leading facilities management company, will set a precedent for the standard of property management and maintenance services, currently offered by real estate management companies."

Carl Allsopp, managing director, Allsopp & Allsopp said, "I believe this is a great partnership between two companies who understand the need to make maintenance of property in Dubai easier for landlords. With this shared vision and Emrill’s proven world class FM services, we are delighted to be able to offer our customers a superior maintenance service and innovative online solutions through MPLUS+."