Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Development Company plans to tender a contract to design and build a campus on Saadiyat Island for New York University Abu Dhabi before the end of December.

Mubadala has already prequalified contractors for the tender. They include a joint venture of the UAE’s Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises and South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East), the local/Lebanese Arabian Construction Company, local firms Alec and Arabtec Construction, and Saudi Arabia’s El-Seif Engineering & Contracting.

The campus, in Saadiyat Island’s cultural district, will have lecture theatres, classrooms, a library, IT buildings, laboratories, accommodation and sports facilities (MEED 6:7:09).

The US’ Rafael Vinoly Architects has prepared the masterplan.

Mubadala is developing two other universities in Abu Dhabi. The Al-Habtoor/Murray & Roberts joint venture is the construction contractor on both.

In November 2008, the joint venture won an estimated AED3bn ($817m) contract to build the new Zayed University campus in Abu Dhabi. Located in Khalifa City, it will comprise a 750,000- square-metre campus with a total built-up area of 200,000 square metres. Mubadala wants construction work to finish by July 2011.

In May 2008, Al-Habtoor/Murray & Roberts won a AED1.2bn design and build contract for the Paris-Sorbonne University Campus on Reem Island.

Al-Habtoor/Murray & Roberts completed the first phase in August this year. Its deadline for the second phase is August 2010.