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Abu Dhabi's $1.6bn Cleveland Clinic delayed

on Mar 5, 2013

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Work on Abu Dhabi's Cleveland Clinic project has been delayed by around four months.

The joint venture partnership building the hospital was initially due to hand over the hospital this month following a three-year construction period, but will not now complete the work until July.

The hospital is being built under a $1.4bn contract by partners Six Construct (which owns 60% of the joint venture) and South Korean firm Samsung C&T (40%) - the same team which built Dubai's Burj Khalifa.

In a filing to the South Korean stock market, Samsung said that its contract had been varied from an initial period of 36 months to 40 months, and that instead of completing by March 3 it will now be handed over to the client - Abu Dhabi Government-owned Mubadala Development Company - on July 2.

The huge new facility at Al Maryah Island (formerly Sowwah Island) was initially meant to accept new patients from June.
Once complete, the building will be the largest structural steel building in the UAE, weighing in at more than 30,000 tonnes.

The project has been developed for Mubadala by Aldar Properties and has been designed by Aedas, with Henningson, Durham and Richardson serving as project architects. US-based Cleveland Clinic will serve as operator for a hospital with an initial 360 beds - although this could be expanded to 490 at a later date.