G P Zachariades Group has won a $82.2m contract to build a cancer treatment centre at the King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) in Muharraq, Bahrain.
Named as the National Oncology Centre, the 57,000m² facility will house 120 beds, a research department and will have underground parking for 1,000 vehicles, reported the Gulf Daily News.
In addition, the facility will have a ten-bed bone marrow transplantation centre linked with the King Faisal Scientific Research Centre in Saudi Arabia.
KHUH CEO Dr Shaikh Salman bin Ateyatallah Al Khalifa was quoted by the news paper as saying: "The National Oncology Centre is the first of its kind in the Gulf and work on this ambitious project starts this Thursday.
"Thirty six national and international companies applied for the public tender and we selected 19 of these.
"The selected consultancy and construction companies were further filtered down until we finally selected Mazen Alumran Consulting Engineers to work on the project along with Hassell."
The National Oncology Centre will be equipped with new tools such as radiotherapy equipment and cyclotron, a type of particle accelerator to treat cancer.
Al Khalifa said: "At present we import radioactive materials from the UAE for the treatment of cancer patients in Bahrain, but once we have our own cyclotron there is no need to import these materials and this will cut costs drastically."
Construction work on the project is expected to begin this week and is scheduled to complete in May 2016.
Image: The cancer treatment centre will be built at the King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH). Photo: courtesy of 2014 King Hamad University Hospital.