Kuwait’s Health Ministry has extended the bid deadline for the main construction contracts on two of the hospitals that are part of its programme to expand and renovate nine existing hospitals.

The ministry has extended the submission date to 10 July for the contracts to expand the existing Al-Amiri and Al-Razi hospitals. The previous submission date for the projects was 6 June. The bid deadline was extended to allow contractors more time to submit bids.

The ministry has prequalified 17 groups to tender for the construction projects.

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.

The expansion to the Al-Razi hospital will add an additional 192 beds to the capacity of the existing hospital.

In October 2010, the ministry awarded a KD1.8m ($6.2m) contract to the US/local team of Hill International and System Development & Project Management (SDPM) to provide project and construction management services for the expansion of the nine hospitals.

The Health Ministry’s hospital expansion programme is part of Kuwait’s plans to complete $8bn of hospital construction projects by 2016 at it seeks to meet the healthcare demands of its growing population.

As the Health Ministry prepares to tender the construction package for its renovation programme, the country’s Public Works Ministry has approved plans to build eight new hospitals in the next five years (MEED 25:4:11).