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AED 1.2 Billion Paris Sorbonne contract awarded to Al Habtoor Leighton Group 01 December 2008

AED 1.2 Billion Paris Sorbonne contract awarded to Al Habtoor Leighton Group

The Al Habtoor Leighton Group has been awarded an AED 1.2 billion contract for the design and construction of the new Paris Sorbonne University campus at Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi for Mubadala Development Company.

The project will be undertaken by the Group’s Al Habtoor Engineering Abu Dhabi division in joint venture with Murray and Roberts.

The project involves the design and construction of a 93,000 square metres educational facility on a greenfield site to be completed in two distinct phases, allowing opening and operational usage of the establishment (one lecture wing and associated facilities) within 16 months, with the remainder following 12 months later.

The new campus will be a prestigious, landmark facility comprising two distinct areas: the main area of academic buildings; and a residential and sports hall built above car parks. Both areas will be linked by a pathway offering panoramic views.

The academic buildings consists of a central circular plaza with an iconic 25 metre tall domed cupola, complementing the original Paris-Sorbonne University tower, with two lecture wings, library, auditorium, administrative building and dining hall radiating out from the central plaza area.

The student residence, sports hall and car park structures are built to the western side of the plot. They provide three levels of parking with landscaped terraces; sports and recreational facilities including changing rooms; and separate five-storey male/female accommodation blocks.

The project also allows for substantial courtyard and mixed landscaped areas to complement the educational purpose of the facility providing a harmonious balance for the students, tutors and administrative personnel.

Construction of the project will commence immediately and be completed in two stages. Stage One will be completed in August next year, and Stage Two in August 2010.