At least five groups of international and local consultants resubmitted technical and commercial proposals on 5 September for the project management consultancy (PMC) contract extension covering the development of Kuwait University?s estimated $3,000 million new campus at Shadidiyah.

The bidders include the UK?s Mace International, Australia?s Bovis Lend Leaseand three US/local groups ? Hill International,with SDPM and Quality Project Management(QPM); Turner-Projacs; and Morganti,with KEO International Consultants(MEED 19:8:04).

The three-year contract covers the supervision of the masterplanning, design and construction of the proposed facilities. Turner-Projacs is the current project manager and has had its PMC contract extended until the end of the year.

The new university will be co-educational and accommodate up to 40,000 students. Tenders for the infrastructure works, together with the main construction packages, are not expected for at least a year. Canada?s Webb Zerafa Menkes Housdenis carrying out the overall masterplan for the project.

The local SSH was awarded in May the fast-track six-month design contract covering the construction of a facilities management office for the new campus. Once designs are complete, Kuwait University will issue tender documents for the main construction package on the estimated KD 6 million ($20 million) facilities project, which will house the supervision and management office.