Kuwait University has invited groups to submit bids for the contract to build its College of Science and Faculty Club, which will be located at the $3bn Sabah al-Salem campus.

Prequalified groups have until 12 December to submit bids for the main construction package. About 28 consortiums consisting of international and local contractors have been prequalified for the tender.

The College of Science and Faculty Club will consist of three primary elements: a men’s campus, women’s campus and a faculty club.

The male campus will consist of separate structures linked by bridges, and the female section will consist of six separate structures linked by bridges. The faculty club will be a single building between the male and female sections and will also be connected by bridges.

The winning contractor will be in charge of building the main buildings and a vehicular tunnel. The scope of works also includes landscaping and the provision of irrigation systems.

The project is the latest of a number of construction packages that have been tendered for the new Sabah al-Salem campus, which will be located at Shadadiyah, 20km west of Kuwait City.

In August, the university received bids from 13 consortiums for the contract to build the College of Engineering and Petroleum (Coep).

A consortium of Malaysia’s Pembinaan and the local Al-Sager General Trading & Contracting was the low bidder with a price of KD136.4m ($472.6m).

Designed by the local Gulf Consult and US-based Cambridge Seven Associates, the new facility will include eight engineering departments, as well as the university’s department of architecture.

When completed, the integrated Sabah al-Salem campus will comprise more than 25 faculty buildings. It will include a 600-bed hospital, car parks with space for more than 32,000 vehicles, dormitories, sports facilities and auditoriums (MEED 26:8:10).