Kuwait University has extended the bid deadline for the contract to build the College of Business and College of Women at its new $3bn Sabah al-Salem campus to 17 May.

The previous deadline was 3 May. The deadline has now been extended a number of times. It is understood that the deadline was extended to allow contractors more time to work on submissions.

The university has prequalified 12 groups for the contract to build the buildings at the new campus, which will be located at Shadadiyah, 20 kilometre west of Kuwait City.

The approximate built-up floor area of the College of Women is expected to be 117,000 square metres and the College of Business will be 124,700 sq m (MEED 27:12:10).

The project is one of a number of major construction contracts that the university has tendered in recent months.

In February, the university selected the consortium of the UAE’s Arabtec Construction and the local Combined Group Contracting Company to build the KD120m ($428m) Faculty of Arts and Education buildings at its new Sabah al-Salem University campus.

The project will involve the construction of the faculty buildings and associated facilities, site improvements and landscape development. Both colleges will comprise five-storey academic buildings, faculty offices and administrative office buildings.

When completed, the Sabah al-Salem integrated campus will comprise more than 25 faculty buildings. It will include a 600-bed hospital, car parks with space for more than 32,000 vehicles, dormitories, sports facilities and auditoriums (MEED 11:2:11).