HLG, operating as Leighton Middle East Contracting, has been awarded two contracts for healthcare facilities worth a total SAR 1.46 billion ($390 million) by the Ministry of Health King Fahad Medical City. The project, referred to as PPNNCC, will be delivered in 50/50 joint venture with Al Latifia Trading and Contracting and is located in the centre of Riyadh.
Awarded in September, the first contract is worth SAR 1.18 billion ($316 million) and involves the construction of new medical centres on the current King Fahad Medical City campus to integrate with existing medical facilities.
Laurie Voyer said the project further reinforces the success of HLG’s strategy to expand into new geographic markets, “The project is in line with our growth strategy to diversify our geographic footprint, and we look forward to working with our JV partner, Al Latifia Trading and Contracting, to successfully deliver this prestigious development for our client.”
He added it also underlined the importance of Saudi Arabia to the Group’s growth plans.
HLG’s new Managing Director, Mr Jose Antonio Lopez- Monis, said the medical project, which will be the first of five specialist hospitals to be built in Saudi Arabia over the next five years, will see the delivery of state-of-the-art medical facilities, “We are privileged to be awarded a project of this scale and significance, and look forward to delivering it to the highest standards of international quality.”
HLG has developed a strong track-record in delivering state-of-the-art healthcare projects, with Mafraq Hospital and Arzanah Wellness & Diagnostic Centre, both located in Abu Dhabi.
The Group’s scope of works for the main contract consists of the development of the following facilities:
National Neurosciences Institute (11 storeys)
Comprehensive Cancer Centre (11 storeys)
Cardiac Centre (3 storeys)
Laboratories and office building (7 storeys)
Below ground car park (2 levels)
Additionally, the 234,000 square metre project includes the construction of a central services building spanning four levels, and a services tunnel approximately 320 metres in length. The facility will also house the first Proton Therapy Centre in the Gulf region.
Awarded in October, the Proton Therapy Centre is the second healthcare contract to be secure by HLG in Saudi Arabia, and is worth SAR 278 million ($74 million).
Mr Ayed Awadh Alqahtani, Program Director for the Construction and Preparation of the New Medical Centres, said King Fahad Medical City is one of the leading organisations in Saudi Arabia – aiming to build state-of-the-art excellence centres across the region.
“The Proton Therapy Centre will be located in Riyadh and is part of the Ministry of Health King Fahad Medical City Prince Salman Heart Centre Expansion project. Known as the PPNNCC, the project involves the construction of new medical centres on the current King Fahad Medical City campus. KFMC is also setting the trend of building tertiary facilities in the region,” said Mr Alqahtani.
Works will commence later this year, with the project to be delivered in stages over the next three years.