Astad, the project management arm of Qatar Petroleum (QP) has received bids for the contract to develop the estimated $80-100m College of Media and Communication in Doha.

The project manager received bids from contractors on 10 October for the project, which will be located at Education City on the outskirts of the capital. The college will be affiliated with the Northwestern University.

The three-storey building will have a built up area of 25,000 square metres. The college was designed by Antoine Predock and the executive architect for the project is US-based Burns & McDonnell.

Companies that submitted bids for the project include:

  • Carillion (UK)
  • Consolidated Contracting Group (CCC) (Athens-based)
  • Construction Development Company (local)
  • Contrack International
  • Joannou & Paraskevaides Overseas (Cyprus)
  • Midmac Contracting Company (local)
  • Shapoorji Pallonji (India)
  • Taylor Woodrow/Construction Dynamics (UK/local)
  • Yuksel Insaat (Turkey)

The project is expected to take 20 months to complete.

Astad has also invited contractors to submit bids by 17 October for the contract to build the estimated QR1bn ($275m) headquarters building for Qatar Foundation at Education City.

The work will involve construction of a 12-storey headquarters building and a three to four-storey study centre. The winning contractor will also be in charge of carrying out landscaping works, earthworks, substructure work and provision of utilities works.

The buildings were designed by the Dutch architectural firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and the consultant for the project is the UK’s Arup.

Astad is managing both the projects on behalf of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Social Development.