New general hospital building to be offered now as a single design and build contract

The construction of the 77,500-m2 general hospital building at New Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen will soon be offered as single design and build contract after a thorough risk assessment by the project’s contract management service. The value of the contract is an estimated €200m.

If permits from the authorities are issued on schedule, the project is expected to be ready for tender by the end of 2018. The northern wing is expected to be open for use in 2021, while the entire general hospital building will be completed in 2023.

Originally, the plan was for the north and south wings to be offered as two separate contracts. After doing thorough risk assessment, however, the project’s contract management service decided that continuing with one contract was the best solution.

The new general hospital building will be erected in a limited space, where an existing building has surgery and X-ray departments that are still under operation. Using one contractor instead of two will ease facilitation of the logistical planning, explains construction manager Michael Southcott in a recent press release.

The hospital management has also chosen to adapt the procurement strategy, opting to allow more space for early dialogue with contractors. This change in strategy is intended to reduce potential risks in the interface between the two wings, both in terms of time and financially.

Contractor Arkil A/S is already in the process of removing soil from the site at Bispebjerg Hospital. The digging is expected to be completed in October, at which point construction of the new 77,500-m2 general hospital building can begin.

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