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Topping-out ceremony held at the new Mafraq Hospital

United Arab Emirates: Monday, November 19 - 2012 @ 10:36

Located in Al Mafraq, the $600m new Mafraq Hospital, which is commissioned by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) is being constructed by the Habtoor Leighton Group, in joint venture with Murray & Roberts Contractors Middle East (HLMR). The design and construction administration services are being undertaken by Burt Hill/Stantec while the project management services are being provided by Allen & Shariff Corporation.

Saif Al Hameli, Group Chief, Construction and Facilities for SEHA said the delivery of this much-needed facility is in line with SEHA’s vision to provide its customers with world-class healthcare facilities.

“The new Mafraq hospital is a leading example of the coordination that occurs between quality improvements in safety and efficiency, improved information and intelligence systems, and responsible operations management. It has been planned and designed as a masterpiece and will be one of the cornerstones of healthcare provision in the UAE.

“The completion of the structural concrete framework for the towers is the achievement of a significant milestone at the project, and is being followed by the installation of the facade as well as carrying out of fit-out works in the buildings,” Mr Al Hameli said.

On completion, the 739-bed general hospital will be one of the leading trauma/surgery hospitals in the region, and will provide a cost-effective alternative for patients who previously had to seek specialised care overseas for neurosurgery, orthopedics, acute rehabilitation and plastic surgery.

Jose Antonio Lopez-Monis, CEO and Managing Director of the Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) believes that successful project delivery is reliant on communication, collaboration and a high degree of technical competency.

“HLG’s success in the healthcare sector is based on our approach to working in partnership with our clients, JV partners and sub-contractors – working as one team to deliver the project vision and overcome any challenges that may arise along the way. Together, we have achieved numerous strategic, operational and technical successes on the new Mafraq hospital project.”

Today’s topping-out ceremony concluded with SEHA presenting over 20 awards of recognition to staff and workers in recognition of their contribution to the project.

Mark Andrews, Managing Director of Murray and Roberts Contractors Middle East (M&R) praised the team for their work.“Mafraq Hospital is a state of the art facility being built to world class standards. I congratulate the HLMR JV Project Team, along with those of SEHA and their Professional Advisors, Allen & Shariff Corporation and Burt Hill/Stantec, in reaching this important and symbolic milestone. We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts in achieving a successful outcome to this demanding project”.

The complete scope of works includes:
- Construction of a two-storey basement, including service accommodation, laboratories, dining and car parking,
- A three-storey outpatient building, including clinics and a link bridge,
- A three-storey podium building ,including diagnostics, operating theatres, an emergency room (ER), an intensive care unit (ICU), rehabilitation and emergency rooms,
- Two nine-storey and two 11-storey inpatient towers,
- Peripheral buildings and infrastructure , including a substations, cooling plant, workshop, mortuary, underground tanks and service tunnels, and
- Landscaping and external works.
Scheduled for completion in 2014, the project currently has a workforce of over 5,300 people strong who have completed a total of 15 million man-hours of work to date.

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