Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG), operating as Leighton Middle East Contracting, has been awarded a second healthcare contract in Saudi Arabia, worth SAR278 million ($US74 million), at King Fahad Medical City.
The project will see the delivery of the first Proton Therapy Centre in the Gulf region, and will be delivered in 50/50 joint venture with Al Latifia Trading and Contracting.
This award follows September’s announcement of HLG being selected to deliver a SAR1.18 billion (US$316 million) healthcare contract in Saudi Arabia – further strengthening HLG’s healthcare credentials and building on HLG’s strategy to diversify its work type and expand into the growing Saudi Arabia market.
HLG's Managing Director, Mr Jose Antonio Lopez-Monis, said the delivery of the Proton Therapy Centre will provide Saudi Arabia, and neighboring Gulf States, with access to the best cancer treatment technology in the world.
“HLG is very fortunate to be working on a project that will deliver the most advanced cancer treatment technology in the region,” he said.
Mr Ayed Awadh Alqahtani, Program Director for the Construction and Preparation of the New Medical Centres, said King Fahad Medical City is one of the leading organisations in Saudi Arabia – aiming to build state-of-the-art excellence centres across the region.
“The Proton Therapy Centre will be located in Riyadh and is part of the Ministry of Health King Fahad Medical City Prince Salman Heart Centre Expansion project. Known as the PPNNCC, the project involves the construction of new medical centres on the current King Fahad Medical City campus. KFMC is also setting the trend of building tertiary facilities in the region,” said Mr Alqahtani.
The Proton Therapy Centre spans three levels, including two basement levels and a striking ground floor entrance. While linked to the main hospital building and a new Central Services Building, the Proton Therapy Centre is separately contained.
The Central Services Building will also provide electrical and mechanical services to the main King Fahad Medical City project being delivered by HLG.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) will be used as the central coordination tool to support the construction process and client communications. “BIM enables HLG to digitally build the Proton Therapy Centre in 3D, before we build it physically, to coordinate the works of all subcontractors, and test the design, construction and operation in a simulated environment.
“We have had great success with the use of BIM technology at a healthcare project we are delivering in Abu Dhabi, and we look forward to producing an outstanding outcome for the Ministry of Health King Fahad Medical City and people of Saudi Arabia,” Mr Lopez-Monis added.
Construction will commence later this year, with the Proton Therapy Centre, along with the Central Services Building, being completed within 18 months to allow installation and commissioning of the equipment.
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Habtoor Leighton Group
The Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) is one of the leading diversified international contractors in the Middle East and North Africa. The Group employs 25,000 people and operates in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Afghanistan. HLG is part of the Leighton Group, Australia’s largest project development and contracting group with annual revenues exceeding US$18 billion. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HLG operates as Leighton Middle East Contracting.
Al Latifia Trading and Contracting
Al-Latifia Trading and Contracting Company is one of the leading building construction companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provides engineering, procurement, and building construction services to clients in a variety of industry sectors. Al-Latifia’s expertise encompasses the procurement and construction of a broad variety of projects including, but not limited to, office buildings and business centres, residential and housing developments, retail and commercial centres, industrial complexes, hospitals and medical facilities, hotels and recreational centres, schools and educational facilities, military and defense complexes.
The PPNNCC, as it is referred, represents the ‘Construction Program of National Neuroscience Institute, Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Laboratories and Office Building and Central Services Building’ project, being delivered by Leighton Middle East Contracting and Al Latifa Trading and Contracting, under the stewardship of Ministry of Health King Fahad Medical City. The project was created by Royal Decree.
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health (MOH) seeks to deliver best-quality integrated and comprehensive healthcare services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. MOH is committed to the provision of healthcare at all levels, promotion of general health and prevention of diseases, in addition to developing the laws and legislations regulating both the governmental and private health sectors. MOH is also accountable for performance monitoring in health institutions, along with the research activity and academic training in the field of health investment.