The bidders for the subcontract are Germany’s Siemens, Europe’s ABBand the local Nile Aster International, which was responsible for electro-mechanical works on the Conrad hotel in the capital. The bidders for the main contract, which is due to be awarded on 21 January, are Besixof Belgium, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&POverseas)and Lebanon’s Arabian Construction Companywith Interbetonof the Netherlands.

Scheduled for completion in 2004, the 285-room facility will be located on the same site as the Sheraton Heliopolis but operated under the Westin brand by Sheraton parent company Starwood Hotels & Resortsof the US. The UK office of Wimberly Allison Tong& Goohas drawn up designs for the hotel, and Toronto-based Yollesis structural engineer for the project.