At least four more international contractors have been added to the original list of seven prequalifiers. The prequalifiers include: Ahmadiah Contracting & Tradingof Kuwait; Lebanon’s Alfred & Jacques Matta; Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC); Interbetonof the Netherlands, with the local Arabian Construction Company; Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&POverseas); the UK’s John Laing; South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East); Samsung Corporationof South Korea; Belgium’s Six Construct; and United Engineers (Malaysia).

The main works, known also as package 2, involve the construction of buildings with a total floor area of 63,000 square metres. In addition to the buildings, the successful bidder will install utilities, a central plant and parking facilities, as well as carry out landscaping.

Qatar Building Engineering Company (QBEC)is carrying out package 1, which involves the grading and preparation of the 300,000-square-metre site and the construction of a first engineering building. The package is due to be completed in August 2003.

The programme and construction manager for the College of Technology is the local office of KEO International Consultants.