Tender out for first-phase BFH construction

10 October 2003
The tender was launched on 7 October for the first major construction package on the Bahrain Financial Harbour (BFH) project. The design and build contract calls for the construction of an eight-storey financial mall, two 50-storey towers for residential and commercial use and an eight-storey harbour house. Bids are due by 22 November and an award is scheduled for early 2004.

Eight groups are understood to have been prequalified to bid for the work. They are: South Africa's Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East), with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)and the local AA Nass; Australia's Multiplex; China State Construction Engineering Corporation; France's Bouygues; Saudi Binladin Group; El-Seif Engineering & Contracting Company of Saudi Arabia; Belgium's Besix; and the local Ahmed Mansoor Al-A'ali, with Turkey's TEPE Akfin.

The local ReeMoonand Ahmed Abubaker Janahi Architects are handling the estimated $1,300 million BFH project on behalf of the client, Gulf Finance House. Tamdec, also local, is carrying out the first-phase reclamation work and Bahrain Foundation & Construction Company has been awarded the piling contract, scheduled for completion in late January (MEED 8:8:03).

Final completion of the financial harbour is scheduled for 2009 but the first tenants are due to move in by the end of 2006. The development is designed to provide a base for the kingdom's banking and finance sector.

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