Cleveland Clinic faces further delay
Samsung C&T/Six Construct get contract extended until 9 April 2014
The Cleveland Clinic project in Abu Dhabi is facing a further delay and is unlikely to open until at least April.
Recent documents filed at the Korean stockmarket by joint venture partner Samsung C&T Corporation stated that its contract at the hospital, which was initially due to open in March last year, has been extended once more to 9 April.
The joint venture Six Construct (which has a 60% share of the contract) and Samsung C&T (40%) was initially awarded a three-year deal to build the hospital in 2010, but in its recent statement the company announced its third contract extension within the past 12 months.
The value of the award has also increased from AED4.7bn ($1.3bn) to AED5.65bn ($1.54bn).
The increase in both the budget and time schedule is due to changes in the design and scope of work specified by its client, it added.
The clinic, which will be housed on Al Maryah Island, will be the largest structural steel building in the UAE, weighing in at more than 30,000 tonnes.
It is being developed by Mubadala by Aldar Properties and was designed by Henningson, Durham and Richardson, with Aedas serving as construction architects.
It will house 360 beds, with room for expansion to 490 at a later date.