Kuwait’s Ministry of Health is planning to tender two major new hospital projects in 2016, MEED’s Kuwait Projects 2015 conference in Kuwait City was told on 24 November.

Speaking at the event, Naji al-Saqer, assistant undersecretary for Engineering Affairs Projects department, Ministry of Health (MOH), said that plans were advancing for both a major new hospital at Sabah al-Ahmad and a new hospital to replace the Physical Therapy Hospital.

The Sabah al-Ahmad hospital will have 1,000 beds, and will be built on a site of 80,000 square metres. It will assist serve the major new housing developments at Wafra and Kiran Cities in the South of Kuwait City, which are planned or under construction.

Al-Saqer said that land had been allocated but that the ministry was still deciding whether to tender as a design and build project or through a traditional EPC contract.

The MOH is also planning to develop a major new Physical Therapy Hospital, to replace the existing one with the same name.

“We hope to finish the approvals and prepare tender documents next year [2016],” Al-Saqer told the conference.

In August, Italy’s Impresa Pizzarotti submitted a low bid of KD220m ($727m), for the contract to build a new maternity hospital in the Shuwaikh area of Kuwait City.The hospital will be located adjacent to the existing maternity hospital and will have 11 storeys as well as cover a total area of 2.2 million square feet.

The project is part of a plan by the Ministry of Health to expand nine hospitals to improve the provision of public health services in Kuwait.