China’s Sinohydro has been awarded a contract worth QR473m ($130m) to build the Sidra Village project in Qatar.

Sinohydro will undertake all of the construction and finishing works on the Sidra Village scheme, which will include 1,165 residential units. The residential units will consist of 658 one-bedroom apartments about 50 square metres in size and 507 two-bedroom apartments with an area of 85 sq m.

The project is being developed by Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Development Company. Mazaya has signed a 20-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreement with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to build and manage the residential project for the Sidra Medical and Research Centre (MEED 27:10:10).

Mazaya will build the residential properties in the area adjacent to the $2.3bn Sidra hospital currently under construction. In 2007, a joint venture of Spain’s OHL and US-based Contrack International won the contract to build the Sidra hospital complex, which is expected to open in early 2013.

Located at Education City on the outskirts of Doha, the Sidra complex will include a nine-storey hospital and accommodation for 350 nurses. The hospital will have about 380 beds and will also serve as the primary teaching hospital of Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar, a branch of the US medical school based in New York.