Works start on Canadian hospital P3

QEII

The QEII’s Halifax Infirmary P3 has kicked off works as agreement reached to work “collaboratively” ahead of a full project agreement.

The project has faced a number of challenges during procurement: it received only one bid (which was also late); and rival bidder EllisDon pulled out due to a refusal by the authority to utilize a progressive P3 model after price escalation hit the project.

Since then, a new value for money assessment was undertaken to guide the next steps on the project, with an initial agreement having now been signed with a Plenary-PCL consortium.

The project will now see the two sides “collaboratively advancing design development on the project”, said Plenary Americas president and chief executive Brian Budden.

The agreement covers initial work that needs to be done (site surveying, blasting preparation and construction office setup) to prepare the site for the acute care tower, which will have 216 beds, 16 operating rooms, an intensive care unit and a new emergency department.