Tenders issued for UAE University campus

02 June 2006

Bids have been invited by 5 August for the main construction package on the UAE University campus project in Al-Ain. The package covers phases 1-3 and involves the construction of the majority of the buildings. The client, Al-Hikma Development Company, is also evaluating bids from three companies for the foundations works.

The 290,000-square-metre campus will accommodate 19,000 students and will include educational buildings, recreational and sports facilities, and student residential accommodation.

Australia's Cox Group is the design consultant and Bovis Lend Lease, also of Australia, is the project manager. The local National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed) is providing district cooling services. Australia's Woods Bagot prepared the masterplan for the development.

Al-Hikma is a joint stock company established by Abu Dhabi government-owned Mubadala Development Company to develop and operate the university under a 28-year build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) agreement (MEED 30:9:05).

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