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Bids Open on New Hospital Treatment Centre

By Larissa Kyzer

Photo: NLSH, Hringbrautarverkefnið.

Companies will begin submitting bids for the contract to pour the concrete framework for the National University Hospital’s new treatment centre, RÚV reports. Once completed, the centre will be one of the largest buildings to have ever been constructed in Iceland.

Five companies are preparing bids for the extensive project. Gunnar Svavarsson, managing director of the new centre, says that it will be interesting to see whether the bids are in line with the hospital’s cost estimates for the project or perhaps even below, which would allow the project to continue without delay. Gunnar admitted, however, that bids coming in under estimate is probably wishful thinking.

“It certainly wouldn’t come as a shock, I wouldn’t say, if the bidding as of now was considerably above our estimate,” Gunnar remarked. “[If so,] we’d have to reevaluate. That’s always the way of it when you get to this point. What we’re talking about here is one of the biggest buildings to ever be constructed in Iceland. It will be 70,000 sq m [753 sq ft], eight floors, two basements…The area we’re working with is the size of two football fields.”

Construction of such a large facility is obviously a time-consuming undertaking. “Just pouring the concrete could take up to 33 months,” Gunnar continued. “We’re talking almost three years, just pouring concrete.”

Read more about plans for the new hospital and the treatment centre, in English, here.


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