Contractors have submitted prequalification entries for the contract to build the estimated $1.2bn King Khaled Medical City project in Dammam.

Contractors presented their submissions in early February, and the client is expected to announce the prequalification list in mid-March.

The King Khaled Medical City will cover a total area of 700,000 square metres and will include a 1,500-bed hospital, residential complex, research centre and an international academy. The client for the project is the local King Fahad Specialist Hospital group. The US-based team Aecom/Ellerbe Becket is the architect and lead designer for the medical scheme.

The US’ Vanir Construction Management was awarded the contract to provide project management services for the medical project in January last year.

The scheme is the latest of several medical city projects that have been tendered in the kingdom in the past 12 months.

MEED recently reported that Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry had selected the local ABV Rock to build a multibillion-dollar medical city in Riyadh. The medical city will include three hospitals and all related medical and residential facilities. The development will have a total built-up area of about 400,000 sq m.

The complex will also house academic and clinical centres, as well as a research centre. The residential villas and apartments will have a total built-up area of about 500,000 sq m.

The Health Ministry is planning to build a large medical complex in the Western region. The planned King Abdullah Medical City, located 28 kilometres from Mecca and 56km from Jeddah, will include hospital buildings, research centres, administration buildings and a housing community with a total built-up area of nearly 1 million sq m.

The medical buildings will have a total built-up area of 605,869 sq m, the medical service buildings will be 43,098 sq m, the non-medical buildings will be 214,456 sq m, and the utilities serving the development will be 53,840 sq m. A team of US-based RTKL and the local Saudi Diyar is the project engineer. The client representative is King Abdullah Medical City. Contractors were invited to submit prequalification entries for the project in October last year.