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G P Zachariades Group has won a contract to build an $81.7mn (BHD 31mn) cancer treatment centre at the King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) in Muharraq, Gulf Daily News has revealed.

Work on the 120-bed, 57,000m² project is expected to begin this week and is scheduled for completion in May 2016.

KHUH chief executive Major General Dr Shaikh Salman bin Ateyatallah Al Khalifa revealed that Mazen Alumran Consulting Engineers had been selected to draw up the blueprints, working alongside Hassell, a leading international design firm that has helped design oncology centres around the world.

“The National Oncology Centre is the first of its kind in the Gulf and work on this ambitious project starts this Thursday,” said Maj Gen Dr Shaikh Salman.

“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 facility is the first of its kind in the region, according to the report, and will also feature a 10-bed Bone Marrow Transplantation Centre to treat both adults and children, linked with King Faisal Scientific Research Centre in Saudi Arabia.

The centre will include a range of the latest specialised equipment including a cyclotron – a type of particle accelerator that can be used to treat cancer by bombarding tumours with radiation.

“This is a big project for Bahrain and we have co-operated with several local government agencies to make it a success, as the new oncology centre will provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment facilities,” said Maj Gen Dr Shaikh Salman.