Six contracts to be awarded for Abu Dhabi hospital

Main contractor Terna will award the contracts within the next month

The Danat Al Emarat hospital will combine aspects of a hotel destination and a hospital to make it more patient-friendly.
The Danat Al Emarat hospital will combine aspects of a hotel destination and a hospital to make it more patient-friendly.

At least six contracts are to be awarded in the next month for the first stages of construction of the Danat Al Emarat women's and children's hospital, just outside Abu Dhabi.

Piling, waterproofing, concrete, steel, tower crane and MEP contracts, all of which will be overseen by main contractor Terna SA, are to be awarded in the next month so that construction can begin.

With just 22 months until completion, and the enabling works now complete, Terna is currently negotiating with major suppliers and subcontractors for the most competitive price on the initial contracts.

“The civil works will be done by our company, but we are currently negotiating the key-supplier contracts, such as piling, waterproofing, concrete, steel, tower crane and MEP,” said Terna’s Abu Dhabi branch manager Philip Andriopoulos.

“We are considering whether to do the MEP ourselves through our in-house MEP division, or whether to subcontract out. We are negotiating with the major subcontractors to see if they can offer a competitive price.”

The project, which is being developed by UEMedical, has been separated into two main phases, the first of which will involve construction of the north tower and hospital service block, the second of which will involve building a south tower and connecting bridge.

For the first phase, work was split into two packages: one for the enabling works, awarded to Al Ghurair Arabian Foundation Engineering, and one for the main construction contract, awarded to Terna SA at a price of $120million.

Dallas-based Architects HKS is overseeing the design and project management, while ECG is the lead consultant and DG Jones is the quantity surveyor.

The Danat Al Emarat hospital is a flagship project for the developer, being fitted out with state-of-the art equipment and high-end finishes, combining aspects of a hotel destination and a hospital, to make it more patient-friendly.

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