Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has received bids from contractors for a hospital fit-out contract at Hamad Medical City in Doha.

According to sources close to the project, the bidders include two South Korean firms, Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Hyundai Engineering & Construction, and Italy’s Rizzani de Eccher.

The project involves converting buildings that were used as part of the athletes’ village for the 2006 Doha Asian Games into a hospital specialising in the treatment of ear, nose and throat diseases.

Ashghal had asked bidders to submit a tender bond of QR200m ($55m), suggesting a contract value of about QR4bn.

The Hamad Medical City project covers an area of 450,000 square metres and includes three hospitals with more than 1,000 beds. It also includes a 40-bed day-care unit, a 300-bed nursing home and dialysis clinic, a National Health Authority office building, residential structures, an education centre and recreational facilities (MEED 17:7:09).

US-based Hill International is the project manager on the scheme.

The project is the second multi-billion-dollar healthcare project to be tendered in Qatar in recent years.

In 2007, a joint venture of Spain’s OHL and US-based Contrack International won the contract to build the $2.3bn Sidra hospital complex at Education City in Doha.

This project is under construction and involves building a nine-floor hospital and accommodation for 350 nurses. The hospital is due to open in 2011.

The project manager on Education City is the local office of KEO International Consultants. Qatar Petroleum is managing the Sidra hospital project on behalf of the client, the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development.