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.