Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) has invited companies to submit an expression of interest (EoI) for a project to design, build, finance and maintain the region’s first PPP hospital scheme.

Local and international companies have been invited to submit an EoI by 18 August for the project to design, build, finance and maintain the proposed 500-bed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital project, a collaboration between the PTB and the Health Ministry, will be located on the site of the existing physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital at the Al-Andalus area of Kuwait city.

Kuwait construction awards
Year Total value ($bn)
2006 1.4bn
2007 0.6bn
2008 1.5bn
2009 2.8bn
2010 3.7bn
Source: MEED Projects

In March, UK consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was awarded a KD509,000 ($1.8m) transaction advisory contract for the planned public-private partnership (PPP) hospital project.

The scheme will involve the design, development and life-cycle maintenance of the new hospital. It will also involve the construction of a multi-storey car park and landscaping of the site. The contract will also involve the procurement, installation and commissioning of medical equipment at the new hospital and the provision of facilities management, housekeeping, security and other services.

The PTB has also invited companies to submit an EoI for the project to design, build, maintain and operate a labour city in the South Al-Jahra area, alongside the sixth ring road.

The labour camp is planned to house up to 20,000 workers and will cover a total area of 1 million square metres.

Companies have until 22 August to register interest with the PTB for the project.

The PTB was set up in 2009 to oversee the implementation of PPP projects in Kuwait. There are currently 32 public-private projects planned for the state, which a cover a range of sectors including transport, power and water, tourism, communications and the postal service (MEED 12:8:10).