TEN companies have submitted their bids to take charge of the construction of the new health centre in San Pedro.
The process for the tender of the works, which was started in December by the Junta de Andalucia, will now go into the review phase.
The project is estimated to cost €5.7 million and has become a necessity in the area due to the continued poor condition of the current facilities.
Following an agreement between the Andalucian Health Service and Marbella Council to go ahead with the plans, the Ministry of Health has itself taken responsibility for the oversight of the project.
Its responsibilities include ensuring the technical efficiency of the project, staffing, building maintenance, and commissioning.
The new health centre is expected to cater for 45,000 residents, tripling the current capacity.
According to the construction contract to be awarded, the timescale allocated for the works is to be 18 months.
Unlike the old centre, the new facilities will feature a dentist and a mental health unit, with a group therapy room and other specialist areas.
Physiotherapy will also be available to patients, with consultation, rehabilitation and electrotherapy rooms.
In addition, there will be space available for health education, social work, and other public services.