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Six of the best: Top GCC healthcare projects

Here are six active public projects you should know about

Hospital construction is big business in the region.
Hospital construction is big business in the region.

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Along with roads and public housing, healthcare is currently a key driver of construction activity in the region. Here are six active healthcare projects that you should be involved in.

1. Sidra Medical and Research Centre
Location: Qatar
Value: US $2.3 billion
Client: Qatar Foundation

Scope: The project calls for construction of Sidra Medical and Research Centre in Qatar. Located in Doha on Qatar Foundation’s 2,500 acre Education City campus, Sidra Medical and Research Centre is expected to open in 2012. It will initially have 412 beds with infrastructure to enable expansion to 550 beds in a subsequent phase. The centre will also be home to 350 resident nurses.

Schedule: A joint venture between OHL Construction and Contrack International was awarded the main construction contract in 2008. Construction is in progress and expected to be completed in early 2012. Keo International Consultants is managing construction, while Pelli Clarke Pelli is the design architect.

Next: Cleveland Clinic

2. Cleveland Clinic Hospital
Location: Abu Dhabi
Value: US $1.9 billion
Client: Mubadala Development Company

Scope: Cleveland Clinic will be located on Al Sowah Island in Abu Dhabi and will be connected to the mainland through a network of multiple bridges. The hospital will include 324 specialised clinics and 360 beds. The total project area is 5.1 million ft², including the 2.2 million ft² hospital, a 50,000 ft² central utility plant area and 2.2 million ft² parking area for 3200 vehicles. The maximum building height is 24 storeys.

Schedule: Completion is pencilled in for December 2012. The owner of the project is Mubadala and the developer is Aldar. The designer is Henningson, Durham & Richardson (HDR) and Fluor Mideast Limited is the project management consultant.
In March 2010, a joint venture of Six Construct and Samsung (SSJV) was named as the main construction contractor.
Arabtec Construction and Aktor are the main piling & enabling contractors. Arabtec and Aecom are listed respecitively as the design and building engineering services consultants.

Next: Jaber Ahmed Al Sabah Hospital

3. Jaber Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah Hospital
Location: Kuwait
Estimated value: US $1.2 billion
Client: Ministry of Health; Ministry of Public Works

Scope: Jaber Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah Hospital in Surra, Kuwait will have 1,120 beds and will cover a total built up area of 270,000m². The hospital will provide a comprehensive range of medical services, including diagnostic and treatment services, a trauma centre and casualty services, outpatient services, dental services, ob/gyn services and inpatient care services. It will feature luxury suites for visiting heads of states and other VIPs.

Schedule: Kuwait Arab Contractors Co. was awarded the main construction contract in August 2009. Construction is expected to be completed by end of 2012. Gulf Consults and Langdon Wilson International are listed as main consultants on the project.

Next: Al Mafraq Hospital

4. Al Mafraq Hospital
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Value: US $871 million
Client: Abu Dhabi Health Services Company

Scope: The revamp of the existing hospital is designed to triple the number of treatment rooms to 690 beds. Once complete, the site will span an area of 306,803m² with a built up area of 246,118m².
The hospital is among the oldest in Abu Dhabi and is to be regenerated with a new building, which will incorporate environmentally friendly and energy-efficient designs. It will recycle waste water, reduce electrical use with fibre optic interior sun lighting and incorporate the use of solar panels.

Schedule: The main contract was due to be awarded at the end of 2009, once the design had been finalised, but an announcement is still forthcoming. Construction was due to start in the first quarter of 2010 and be completed in 2013. Burt Hill is the designer and Allen and Shariff Corporation is the project manager.

Next: Danat Al Emarat

5. Danat Al Emarat Women & Children’s Hospital
Value: US $200 million
Client: United Eastern Medical

Scope: Danat Al Emarat is a 21-storey, 260-bed private hospital designed for women and children. It will include a spa & wellness centre alongside its traditional medical services and a level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). United Eastern Medical Services has signed Singapore-based ParkwayHealth to manage the facility.

Schedule: Construction work is underway and the hospital is due to open at some point in 2011. Al Ghurair Arabian Foundations Engineering was selected for the first phase of construction. HKS and Ted Jacob provided design services.

Next: King Hamad General Hospital

6. King Hamad General Hospital
Value: US $140 million
Client: Ministry of Works

Scope: King Hamad General Hospital (KHGH) is one of the biggest public sector health projects undertaken in Bahrain. It is scheduled to open in 2010 and will be a 312-bed public hospital occupying a 227,000m² site on the coast of Muharraq.
The hospital will be constructed over four floors and three main blocks. Many specialities will be offered in the hospital, including obstetrics & gynaecology, neonatal, paediatrics, intensive care, ophthalmology and ENT. it will be the main teaching hospital for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Bahrain.

Schedule: Construction is in progress and expected to be complete in April 2010. Commercial operation is scheduled for later this year. Nass Group and Burhan are the main contractors on the project.

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