Mubadala Development Company has extended the closing date for commercial bids to 10 January for the estimated AED5bn ($1.4bn) contract to build Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund has extended the closing date from 17 December to give it more time to select a new project management consultant, and to give bidders an extra three and a half weeks to prepare their prices (MEED 1:12:09).

Six consortiums filed technical bids in mid-September for the main construction contract. The bidders are the local/Australian Al-Habtoor Leighton Group; Spain’s Obrascon Huarte Lain with the local Al-Naboodah Contracting; the local Arabtec Construction with Greece’s Aktor; the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company; Saudi Oger subsidiary Oger Abu Dhabi; and the local/Belgian Six Construct Abu Dhabi with South Korea’s Samsung Corporation.

At least three firms have submitted bids to provide project management services on the Cleveland Clinic project. The bidders include three US-based firms: Hill International, Jacobs Engineering Group, and Turner Construction International.

US-based Fluor Corporation has been providing project management services on the project during the design and tender stages.

Cleveland Clinic will be on Sowwah Island, between Reem Island and the Mina Zayed area of Abu Dhabi Island. It will be a 360-bed, 220,000-square-metre hospital with parking for 3,200 cars.

US-based Aecom is the engineer. Local developer Aldar Properties is managing the construction on behalf of Mubadala.