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Ideas on New Iceland Hospital Presented

By Iceland Review

The executives of the Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík and the University of Iceland presented the ideas of Norwegian consultants on a new hospital building on Tuesday, involving that an extension be constructed to the current hospital building on Hringbraut and that the other building in Fossvogur be sold.

The hospital building on Hringbraut is in the front of the photograph. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The consultants concluded that ISK 31 billion (USD 239 million, EUR 180 million) can be saved with these changes since operating the hospital in two different locations is very expensive, Fréttabladid reports.

They reason that it is most beneficial for the state to continue to use as many buildings as possible on Hringbraut in the first stage. Six percent can be saved in operational costs after the first stage is completed which translates to roughly ISK 2 billion (USD 15 million, EUR 12 million) per year.

The ideas assume that a new 66,000-square-meter building will be built at Hringbraut that will facilitate an emergency room, operation room and intensive care unit, a recovery ward with 180 beds in private rooms and an 80-room hospital hotel. A large part of the present facilities, 53,000-square-meters, will continue to be in use.

The construction cost is estimated at ISK 51 billion (USD 393 million, EUR 296 million). The new buildings are expected to account for ISK 33 billion of that amount, furniture and equipment ISK 7 billion and the renovation of older facilities ISK 11 billion.

It is hoped that the project can be partly funded by the sale of assets in Fossvogur and the Icelandic pension funds have also expressed interest in participating in the project.

The schedule assumes that a design competition can take place in the latter part of this year and that the winning proposal will be announced at the beginning of 2010. The groundwork could begin in the summer of 2011 and operations in 2012.

The proposals also include that Laeknagardur, the training facilities for medical students at the University of Iceland (HÍ), will remain unchanged.

Rector of HÍ Kristín Ingólfsdóttir said that it gives the university a chance to make further use of the building and considerably reduce costs of the new university buildings that are planned in relation to the hospital.

The next step is to have the changed proposal accepted and then the university’s part will be reviewed along with buildings that will be used by both the hospital and the university.

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