Local/ South African joint venture take Sorbonne contract

26 May 2008
The joint venture of the local Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises and South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East) has been awarded the AED1.2bn ($327m) design and build contract for the Sorbonne University Campus on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island.

The project involves the construction of academic buildings including a 25-metre domed building designed to complement the tower at the original Sorbonne University in Paris, two lecture wings, a library, auditorium, administrative buildings, and a dining plaza. The total built-up area is 93,000 square metres.

The contract also includes the construction of student residences, a sports hall and parking structures. The project will be completed in two phases; the first to be completed by August 2009, the second 12 months later.

The client is Abu Dhabi government-controlled Mubadala Development Company.

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