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.