The Heritage & Culture Ministry has appointed UK-based Mace as the project manager for the Oman Cultural Complex in Muscat.

The complex comprises three major buildings. These include a national library large enough to hold 5 million volumes; the national archives, which will act as a four-storey exhibition, public event area and a research and administration wing; and the national theatre, which will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 people.

There will also be four smaller facility buildings for a children’s library, a cinema, a gallery and workshop, the literary society headquarters and a lecture hall and retail areas.

The scheme is the latest cultural development to be launched in the sultanate. In 2007, the local/UK Carillion Alawi was awarded an estimated $250m main construction contract for a concert hall in Muscat. Now completed, the 1,000-seat House of Musical Arts will host a range of entertainment including music, theatre and opera. The Royal Court Affairs Ministry was the client for the project.