Malaysians bid low for college work

04 April 2003
The Central Tenders Committee (CTC) announced on 4 April the bid prices for the main works package on the College of Technology (CoT) project. According to the opening prices, United Engineers (Malaysia) Berhadis the low bidder at QR 346 million ($95 million), followed by Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P)at QR 363 million ($100 million). Seven companies priced the package 2 contract on the project, which will be built to the southwest of Qatar University (MEED 21:3:03).

Contractors say that several bidders gave qualified bids so the ranking announced by the CTC should be viewed with some caution. A contract award is expected in May, while the construction period has been set at 480 days.

The main works package calls for the construction of engineering, administration and business management buildings, an information/IT auditorium and a cafeteria. The total floor area of the buildings will be 63,000 square metres. The successful bidder will also install utilities, a central plant and parking facilities, as well as carry out landscaping works. A third package, covering furniture, fixtures and equipment, is due to be tendered at a later date.

The college is being established by the government, the Canadian Bureau of International Education and the College of the North Atlantic. The programme and construction manager is the local office of KEO International Consultants(MEED 24:1:03).

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