Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry has invited contractors to submit bids to build the fifth phase of its security compounds programme.

Contractors have until 18 March to submit bids for the scheme, also known as KAP 5. The project is the fifth contract to be tendered for the programme to build a network of security compounds throughout Saudi Arabia, which will cover the construction, operation and maintenance of 28 different types of facilities at more than 50 locations throughout the kingdom.

The facilities will be used to house, educate and train members of Saudi Arabia’s public security, civil defence service, fire service, police force, passports division and special security and investigative forces.The compounds have been designed to include schools, mosques, theatres, civilian dormitories, military barracks, administration buildings, training facilities and buildings for recreation and entertainment.

The majority of the security premises will be built in and around Riyadh, but facilities will also be built in the provinces of Qassim, Hail, Tabuk, Jeddah, Madinah, Taif, Al-Jouf and on Saudi Arabia’s Northern borders.

The Interior Ministry is still evaluating bids for the third and fourth phases of the scheme.

Contractors submitted prices for the construction package on the fourth phase of the programme in May 2012, which involves building headquarters buildings at 13 locations across the kingdom. The ministry received bids for the third phase of the security compounds network scheme in July 2011.

Most of the security premises will be constructed in and around Riyadh, but facilities will also be built in the provinces of Qassim, Hail, Tabuk, Jeddah, Medinah, Taif, Al-Jouf and on Saudi Arabia’s northern borders.