The original tender was issued in early summer. However, it was withdrawn after the three invited companies – Bechteland Turner Construction International, both of the US, and Fluor Corporation – did not respond. Under the new tender, companies have been invited to submit prices for a three-year PM/CM contract, with an option for an additional two years.

The successful PM/CM contractor will oversee Jeddah Municipality’s plans for major investments in infrastructure development, including the construction of roads, bridges, culverts, stormwater drainage, utilities and related facilities.

The Red Sea city is fast emerging as a centre for real estate investment in the kingdom.

Along with the government, investments are also planned by the private sector (MEED 23:9:05). Some of the major projects include:

The SR 3,750 million ($1,000 million) King Abdulaziz International Airport expansion, for which bids are under evaluation for the first construction package (see page 23);

A 16-storey office complex, for which a tender is due to be issued soon for the main construction package. The facility is estimated to cost SR 250 million ($66 million) and is being handled by the local Nitco;

The Jeddah International Business Centre, for which a selection is due for the design consultancy contract. The client on the SR 250 million ($66 million) project is the local Tamlik. It will entail the construction of two 40-storey towers, a three-level shopping mall and related facilities; and

The Business Village and the Burj al-Mustaqbal, for which Saudi Real Estate Development Company (Sredco) is due to issue separate tenders for the construction contracts, worth a total of SR 300 million ($93 million).