QF appoints Midmac/CCC to finish Sidra project
JV to replace OHL/Contrack but work with existing subcontractors
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development has appointed a joint venture between local contractor Midmac and Consolidated Contractors Company to finish off works on the Sidra Medical and Research Centre project.
The organisation has appointed the pair as a replacement for the OHL Corporation / Contrack joint venture which has been working on the $2.3bn project, which was initially due to complete in 2011, since 2008.
In a statement, Qatar Foundation said: "MIDMAC is one of Qatar’s largest contracting organizations, while CCC is one of the biggest and most well-regarded engineering and construction companies in the Middle East region. Both companies have proven track records in delivering vast and challenging projects."
It said they would start work on the project "imminently" and that it would hope to employ a number of the subcontractors that had been previously used by Spanish firm OHL and its cypriot joint venture partner Contract. This would help with ""preserving the knowledge of the Sidra facilities and expertise which has been accumulated thus far".
Qatar Foundation has funded Sidra, which has a 380-bed hospital as well as top research facilities for treating women and childre, with an endowment of $7.9bn.
Last week, following its dismissal OHL said that it did not believe there were "legitimate grounds" for its dismissal, and that it would take legal action with a claim through the International Chamber of Commerce in London. It also said the project was 95% complete and was on schedule for delivery during the first quarter of 2015.