More museum work goes for bid

26 September 2003
The third and largest package has been issued for bid on the estimated $150 million Museum of Islamic Arts package. About 15 companies are prequalified to bid by 17 November for the package, which covers the foundations, structure and finishings on the landmark project. The client is the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture (MEED 5:9:03).

Prequalifers for the 21-month package include the UK's John Laing International, Japan's Taisei, Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas); South Africa's Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East), Lebanon's Al-Mabani General Contractors, Turkey's Baytur, Bahrain's Cebarco, andConstruction Development Company, Midmac Contracting, Contraco, Al-Darwish Engineering, and Gulf Housing & Construction.

Package 1 on the project, site preparation, is nearing completion. As for package 2, covering marine works and piling, a contract award is pending. The low bidders for the estimated QR 65 million ($18 million) are Midmac, with Belgium's Six Construct, and Gulf Dredging & General Contracting Company. A fourth package, for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works, is due to be issued soon.

The striking five-storey structure will be located opposite the Finance Ministry building on the corniche. IM Pei Architects of the US is the design consultant; the construction manager is the US' Turner International.

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