Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry has extended to 7 August the deadline for the contract to build its estimated SR25bn ($6.6bn) Security Forces Medical Cities in Riyadh and Jeddah.

The bid deadline has been extended from the previous date of 28 June. This is the second time the deadline has been extended. The original submission date was 1 May. The deadline has been extended to allow contractors more time to prepare their bids.

The scope of the work will include construction and fit-out of the medical complexes, one will be located in Riyadh and one in Jeddah, which will each have a total built-up area of 1.3 million square metres.

The two medical cities will have the same design and will both include three hospitals and all related medical and residential facilities. The medical facilities will have a total built-up area of about 400,000 sq m.

Each complex will also contain academic and clinical centres and a research centre.  The residential villas and apartments will have a total built-up area of about 500,000 sq m. The developments are also planned to have office buildings and service stations. The medical complexes will have about 200,000 sq m of car parking.

The consultant for the project is the local office of Lebanon’s Dar al-Handasah (MEED 18:5:11).