April 20, 2021

Four companies submit bids for Oman Cultural Complex project


Four companies have emerged as front runners to get construction contract for the Oman Cultural Complex project, which the Ministry of Heritage and Culture is planning as part of its strategy to promote cultural and artistic innovations in the country.

Out of the 25 companies that had collected tender documents, only Carillion Alawi, Sinohydro Corporation, Galfar Engineering & Contracting, Dawood Contracting Company, Itinera SpA, and Oman Shapoorji Construction Co submitted technical bids.

Of the six firms, four are in the fray now after submitting financial bids, with Dawood Contracting Company emerging as the lowest bidder with RO82.67mn, while Carillion Alawi at the highest with RO96.92mn. According to the Tender Board, Galfar Engineering and Contracting and Oman Shapoorji Company are other two bidders with offers of RO91.71mn and RO88mn respectively.

The contract will be awarded in the last quarter after the ministry evaluates all bids. MoHC appointed UK-based consultancy and construction company Mace as project manager in 2014 and then floated the tender for its construction on July 20. Document distribution continued till August 28, while the last date for submission was October 29, 2014.

Spread over 40,000sq m in Muscat, the complex will have three major buildings of national interest – the National Library with a capacity to house 5mn books and the National Archives which will act as a four-storey exhibition-cum-public event area and a research and administration wing.

The third will be the National Theatre which will have the capacity to accommodate over 1,000 people. Landscaping will cover a lavish Oasis Fruit Garden which will have 1,100 palm trees, 750 fruit trees and 32,500 smaller trees and shrubs. Architecture-Studio is the main architect, Gulf Engineering Consultancy is the co-architect, while Setec Batiment is the engineering consultant.


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