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Building Contract Signed With Meander Medisch Centrum

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 General News J E 4
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NIEUWEGEIN, The Netherlands, May 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Wednesday 12 May, Meander Medisch Centrum signed a building contract with the executing parties for the construction of Meander Medisch Centrum's new hospital in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Construction will start this summer and will be realized by Heijmans Utiliteitsbouw BV, Ballast Nedam Bouw Speciale Projecten and Burgers Ergon. The hospital along the Maatweg road replaces the two existing sites: Amersfoort Lichtenberg and Amersfoort Elisabeth. The new hospital will go into operation in 2013.

The building contract is the follow up to the settlement agreement signed on 13 January 2010. The contract value is EUR 181.1 million. A consortium comprising the Rabobank, ING and BNG is prepared to finance the new development.

The new hospital

In the new hospital, Meander Medisch Centrum will be able to receive its patients and visitors in a comfortable and customer-friendly environment. Patients and visitors will have a direct view of the green surroundings and the Eem River. The hospital has been designed such that it is easy for patients and visitors to find their way. It consists of different building elements: a wing for intensive care, such as emergency assistance, operating rooms and research departments, a hotel wing that houses the nursing departments and a policlinic for visiting hours. The buildings are linked via an extensive roofed-in public area. A psychiatric centre will be developed on the side of the Eem. A parking level with sufficient parking spaces will be built under the hospital. Sustainability is a key principle in the construction of the new hospital. The new development will provide Meander Medisch Centrum with even greater opportunities for expanding its status as an expert top clinical teaching hospital.

Collaboration

The hospital's design was developed by Atelier PRO architects in The Hague. Aronsohn in Rotterdam is the principal engineer. Heijmans Utiliteitsbouw BV was selected for the complete hospital and is responsible for its realization. Burgers Ergon has been involved since the beginning as a subsidiary. It is responsible for detailing the design, engineering and realization of the complete building installations. To construct the hospital, Heijmans has set up a general partnership that in addition to Heijmans Utiliteitsbouw BV and Burgers Ergon also includes Ballast Nedam Bouw Speciale Projecten, each with a one third interest. This provides for an optimal integral approach and bundling of knowledge. The total surface area of the new Meander Medisch Centrum is 113,000 m2 GFA (gross floor area), including the parking level under the building.

SOURCE Ballast Nedam NV

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