Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry has extended the bid submission date for the main construction package on a major hospital expansion project in Jeddah.

Contractors now have until the 14 January to submit bids for the contract to expand the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah.

The main component of the expansion project will involve the construction of two patient towers, 15 and 18 stories high, and a 24-storey research and academic affairs centre. The new structures will contain 30 operating theatres, 150 intensive care units, a cardiology clinic, neurology clinic, outpatient clinics and emergency treatment facilities.

The scheme will also involve the construction of a 25,000-square metre Oncology Centre and a 25,000-sq m medical support facilities building. The project will also involve the construction of car parking facilities for more than 1,000 cars.

The expansion scheme was designed by the local Care RTKL and Saudi Diyar Consultants. The project manager for the construction programme is US-based Vanir Construction Management (MEED 24:7:11).