Construction on the Sidra Medical and Research Center will commence “imminently” with two new contractors who have been tasked with completing the much-delayed hospital complex, Qatar Foundation has announced.
QF, which is funding Sidra with a $7.9 billion endowment, has signed on local construction company Midmac W.L.L., which will operate under a joint venture with Consolidated Contractors Group S.A.L. (Offshore) (CCC).
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Midmac has worked with QF before, helping to construct Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Texas A&M College of Engineering at Qatar and the Liberal Arts & Science Building.
It also has its hands in several upcoming projects around Qatar, including hospitals, stadiums and roadworks.
Midmac was also the main contractor on a bridge collapse accident in the under-construction Lusail City in 2012, which injured 18 men.
The company did not comment on that accident, but the Guardian reported weeks later that Lusail construction workers had complained about working and living conditions.
Meanwhile, Greece-based CCC is the largest construction company in the Middle East, and its former projects include the Dubai Mall and LNG plants in Qatar.
The new contractors have been brought in days after QF sacked Spanish firm OHL and Contrack International.