RMJM to design Libyan college campuses

08 September 2008
UK-based RMJM has been selected by the Organisation for the Development of Administrative Centres (Odac) to design two new college campuses in Libya.

The campuses are part of a major expansion of higher education facilities implemented by the Ministry of Education and will be built for the Seventh of October University at Bani Walid and Al-Asmariya University at Zliten.

For the Seventh of October University, the company will prepare a masterplan for a 50,000 square metre campus at Bani Walid, which is about a three-hour car journey from the existing campus at Misurata - about 200 kilometres east of Tripoli.

The new campus will have a built-up area of 170,000 square metres comprising teaching blocks, a mosque, student centre, library, sports facilities and accommodation buildings. Construction is expected to start in 2009 and to open in 2010.

The new facility will serve 3,200 students and will offer academic programmes in languages, business, education and medical technology. The existing campus at Misurata currently serves 20,000 students.

For Al-Asmariya University, RMJM will prepare a masterplan for 900,000 sq m campus, which will be about 10km from the existing campus in Zliten about 160km of Tripoli.

Similar to the Seventh of October project, it comprises a variety of academic, sports and accommodation buildings with a total built-up area of about 170,000 sq m.

Construction is expected to start in 2009 with the first buildings scheduled to open 2010.

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