China State Construction Engineering Corporation and Lebanon’s Michel Abi Nader were the only two companies to submit bids for the 25-month construction contract, after the other three shortlisted companies – Belgium’s Besix, Vinci of France and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company – declined to bid.

Due to be awarded by the end of February, the turnkey contract covers the construction of a 274-room hotel, including a health club, restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a business centre, meeting rooms and a 1,500-square-metre banqueting area. US-based Marriott International was last summer awarded the management contract by Societe de Developpement Hotelier, a consortium of the local Societe d’Investissement Hotelier and Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (Lafico). The local office of Lebanon’s Khatib & Alami (K&A) is the consultant (MEED 12:8:05). K&A is also about to complete the second of a three-phase design process for a $100 million hotel and commercial complex at Birkhadem in the south of Algiers. The development will comprise a four-storey commercial centre, above which will be built a 29-storey, five-star hotel and an 11-storey office building. K&A is set to begin detailed designs in March, with a tender due to be launched in the third quarter. The client is Lafider, a consortium of Lafico and the local Cosider.