Five bid for Bahrain housing project

Five local companies have put in bids to build 122 houses for the North Bahrain New Town project.

Five local companies have submitted bids to build 122 houses as part of the North Bahrain New Town project, according to the Bahrain Tender Board.

Al Hedaya Contracting Company has bid the lowest with $24.6 million (BHD 9.3 million), while GR Group placed the highest bid with $35.8 million.

The other bidders are Ahmed Mansoor Al A'Ali ($26.8 million), Y Zayani Trading & Contracting ($27.6 million) and Bahrain Motors Company ($26.5 million).

The client is the Bahrain Ministry of Works & Housing.

A joint venture of Dutch dredging groups Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster and Van Oord won the $204 million land reclamation contract in December 2005 for the ten islands that make up the $2.65 billion North Bahrain New Town development.

The first phase of reclamation included two main islands with a combined area of 2.9 million square metres, while the second phase includes eight further islands covering an area of 2 million square metres.

The islands, which will be connected via a network of bridges, will have 18,000 housing units as well as infrastructure facilities such as a commercial centre, hospitals, a university, a sports centre and museum.

The project, which was designed by a consortium of six companies that made up the French Consultant Group, is aimed at reducing pressure housing in the northern part of Bahrain.

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