UK-based architectural practice Keppie Design has secured a design contract for a PPP healthcare project in Egypt.
The Keppie team beat international competition, in the bid that was contested over 18 months, to design and build a series of facilities for the Smouha and Mowassat hospitals in Alexandria.
Under the project, Keppie will build a new 200-bed gynaecology and obstetrics university hospital, a paediatric and emergency facility, and blood bank at the existing Smouha hospital complex.
The company will also construct a new 223-bed facility near the Mowassat hospital for the provision of specialised care services.
Egypt originally floated the tender for the project on 19 October 2009 but later postponed it until October 2011; nine companies from Egypt, Kuwait and the UK had submitted bids.
The PPP project, which is scheduled to be complete in 2014, will have a partnership term of 20 years, with an operating duration of 17 years.
Keppie is part of a consortium that includes Egypt-based Detac Construction, the Arab Academy and Bareeq Capital, UK-based security firm G4s and German conglomerate Siemens.
Caption: The first ever PPP healthcare project in Egypt will see construction of a 200-bed gynaecology and obstetrics university hospital, as well as a paediatric and emergency facility. Image: courtesy of Keppie Design.