$3.4bn Saudi university project hits final stages
$853mn phases 2 and 3 of King Khalid University to finish next year
The second and third phases of the $3.4bn King Khalid University (KKU) project in Saudi Arabia have reached 70% completion, the main contractor has revealed.
The new institution will provide educational, medical and social services for the south western city of Abha, as well as tens of thousands of new jobs.
KKU’s second and third phases are being built by Saudi Arabian Baytur at a construction cost of around SR3.2bn ($853m).
Phase two started in 2009 and includes a male-only medical city consisting of an 800-bed teaching hospital, colleges for medicine, medical sciences, dentistry and pharmacy students, as well as shared classrooms and a conference centre.
Phase three began in 2011 and includes eight administrative buildings split between two zones: five in Zone A and three in Zone B. There are also a number of sub-projects across all the phases which will provide infrastructure, housing, roads and service buildings.
The phase one contract was awarded to China’s Guangdong Overseas Construction Group in 2008 for a reported $700m. The contract included 16 new buildings and their annexes, consisting of engineering and science and administrative buildings over a 36-month period. The eventual deadline for delivery was, however, extended.
Saudi Baytur director and counsellor, Sekip Senturk, said its portion of work was in the final stages.
"The project is in the finishing phase and nearly 70% completed," he said. "Over 3,000 Saudi Baytur employees are working day and night to hand over the project next year."