Chile’s Ministry of Public Works has chosen Spanish a team led by contractor Acciona for a $258m public–private partnership hospital scheme in the north of the country, BNAmericas reports.
The company beat Iberian rival OHLA to the project, which is located in the Coquimbo region about 400km north of Santiago.
The 121,000 sq m healthcare complex, to be called La Serena, will have 668 beds and will serve a population of 700,000 people. Around the main building there will be 15 pavilions offering medical, dental and non-medical consultations.
Acciona Concesiones and its partner, Concesiones Chile Holdings, will build the hospital and operate it for 15 years.
Pleased to have received two bids for the PPP scheme, Cristóbal Leturia, undersecretary at the Ministry of Public Works, said last month: “This is good news for the region and for our concession system, since it confirms the interest of investors in participating in the development of long-term infrastructure works in our country.
“This time we received two offers to improve access to health for people from four communes … The hospitals will ensure excellent quality healthcare for people and we are committed to maintaining this standard for the duration of the concession.”
The project is expected to break ground in the first half of 2023 and begin treating patients in 2026.