Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee has approved the award of a KD31m ($111m) contract to the local Alghanim International to expand the Al-Razi hospital.

The CTC approved the contract award on the 9 January. CTC approval is the final step before a contract is awarded. The client for the project is the Health Ministry. Alghanim had submitted the second lowest bid for the project, almost 14 per cent higher than the KD26.7m price submitted by the local Al-Sager General Trading & Contracting.

The expansion project will add an additional 192 beds to the capacity of the existing hospital.

The project is part of the Health Ministry’s plans to expand and upgrade nine existing hospitals, as its population is expected to grow from the current level of 3.4 million to 5.4 million over the next two decades.

The Health Ministry recently received bids for the contract to expand the Al-Amiri hospital.

The local United Construction Company submitted the second lowest price of KD98.1m. This was followed by a KD99.7m bid from the local Bayan National Trading Company.  The local Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Company submitted the fourth lowest price of KD103.8m.

The project is part of the Health Ministry’s plans to expand and upgrade nine existing hospitals

The proposed extension to the Al-Amiri hospital will consist of a tower with up to 10 storeys, a basement level and a four-storey podium. The development will cover a total area of about 90,000 square metres and will contain 65 speciality clinics, a physiotherapy department, laboratories, a radiology department and a pharmacy. The extension will increase the capacity of the existing hospital by 360 beds.

In October 2010, the US/local team of Hill International and System Development & Project Management (SDPM) was awarded a KD1.8m contract to provide project and construction management services for the Health Ministry’s hospital expansion scheme (MEED 25:4:11).