• Published on August 21, 2017

Summertown Interiors Launches Healthcare Division

Dedicated division created to support unique fit-out challenges in UAE’s growing healthcare sector

17 August 2017, Dubai, UAE:Summertown Interiors, the UAE’s leading fit-out contractor specialising in green interiors, has launched a dedicated Healthcare Division. Led by Business Development Manager, Sarah Flowerday, the new division will service the growing need for specialist fit-out contractors to support the UAE’s high growth healthcare sector.

According to Alpen Capital, the healthcare market in the UAE is projected to grow 12.7% CAGR to reach $19.5 billion in 2020. New segments including day-care surgery, cosmetic surgeries and diagnostic imaging are some of the contributing growth factors.

While there is a demand for both new build projects as well as upgrades to existing healthcare facilities, the industry is also facing unsustainable challenges. Supply chain issues, increasing healthcare insurance costs and the looming introduction of value-added tax are impacting the viability of existing healthcare operations. This has prompted several healthcare providers to consolidate their brands and focus on ways to create efficiencies across their facilities.

“The healthcare industry is one of the UAE’s promising growth sectors and provides vast opportunities for the fit-out industry where there is currently a lack of specialists. At Summertown, we understand that healthcare projects are complex and highly regulated, so we are working hard with key decision makers to truly understand the industry’s demands to enable us to deliver the best interior solutions.

Our 20-year journey as one of the region’s leading and most sustainable contractors specialising in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has naturally led us to migrate to healthcare. We believe our core values and practices of sustainability, quality and functionality are clearly aligned to those of the healthcare sector.

“The challenges the industry is currently facing are very similar to those we experienced in 2009 when the lack of knowledge, expertise, standards and good products held back the growth of the ‘green’ movement in the UAE. Today, our sustainability credentials give us an edge over other contractors in the market as we continue to leverage our existing strategic partnerships and implement our core values.” said Flowerday.

Marcos Bish, Managing Director of Summertown Interiors said: “We are delighted to welcome Sarah to our team to lead our new Healthcare Division. We have built our reputation on delivering high quality projects, with transparency and by implementing sustainable best practices. We look forward to delivering fit out solutions to the healthcare sector and to play our part in the sustainable development of the UAE.”