First construction packages awarded on HMC

19 December 2003
Saudi Arabia's El-Seif Engineering & Contractinghas been awarded the first two construction packages on the Hamad Medical City (HMC) project. The contracts, totalling an estimated QR 90 million ($24 million), cover the structure works for the married housing and nursing accommodation units. The estimated $450 million project is to be built on a 36.5-hectare plot beside Hamad Medical City. Initially, the facility will be used as the athletes' village for the 2006 Doha Asian Games, after which it will be retrofitted for medical use (MEED 10:10:03).

Bidding on the HMC development is set to accelerate in the coming four months with tenders due to be issued for four more packages. These will cover the finishing works for the married housing and nursing accommodation units; the construction of an underpass to serve the development; the construction of the energy centre facility, which will comprise power distribution and air cooling; and the shell and core works for five new hospital blocks. The estimated value of each contract is in the range of QR 100 million-150 million ($27 million-41 million), with the exception of the medical block contract, which is considerably larger.

The US' Hill Internationalis the project manager on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture scheme; the consultant is Thailand's Fedcon.

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