Project managers are preparing to submit bids by 28 July for two four-year major project management consultancy (PMC) contracts covering all current and future building construction work tendered by the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). An award is expected in the autumn.

Under the terms of each contract, the successful project manager will provide pre-design, design and construction supervision and management to all of MPW’s current and planned building construction projects. One contract is for the scores of smaller projects planned by MPW. The second covers the 39 major building works, valued at more than KD 10 million ($34.5 million) each and which have a total price tag of more than KD 500 million ($1,724 million).

The tender is a significant step in the evolution of the local construction sector. Until now, MPW has always carried out project management in-house, but slow progress and an increasing backlog of schemes is understood to have prompted the ministry to seek outside assistance.