Drake & Scull Saudi the MEP arm of Drake & Scull International (DSI) PJSC in the kingdom and a regional market leader in integrated design, engineering and the construction disciplines of Civil Contracting, Water & Power and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), has been recently awarded an estimated SAR 130 million contract to execute the MEP works for a hospital in the province of Damman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The announcement comes a week subsequent to DSI’s latest SAR 352 million commercial development project award in Riyadh. The new hospital will have a 400-bed capacity and consists of an 11-story building that includes clinics, educational facilities, specialized and support sections, nursing units, diagnosis laboratories, operation theaters and a helipad site. The execution of the MEP package will commence immediately and the project is expected to be completed in 2016.
KSA’s healthcare sector is a key growth market for DSI as the government and private sector are investing aggressively to expand the capacity of local hospitals and other medical facilities to meet the growing healthcare needs of the kingdom’s growing population. In the 2011 state budget, health and social affairs accounted for 11.8 per cent of the total government expenditure, representing an increase of 12.3 per cent from the previous year.
On this occasion, Khaldoun Tabari, CEO of DSI, stated: “The new high-stakes project in Damman is certainly a strong affirmation of DSI’s success in delivering custom-built MEP services and the company’s reputation as the preferred integrated engineering service provider in the region’s healthcare sector. We have been appointed to undertake the project based on our studied engineering solutions that allow us to help operators of healthcare facilities develop the scope and budget for the project based on the healthcare program and services provided. We understand that the development of healthcare facilities is becoming very complex, particularly in light of the need to ensure continuity in the provision of critical healthcare services. Our focus on quality, sustainability and safety enable us to deliver a holistic integrated engineering approach that meets the current and future needs of KSA’s growing healthcare sector.
DSI has provided MEP services to healthcare facilities in different countries across the Middle East, including the Paediatric Hospital and Emergency Centre at King Hussain Medical City in Amman, Jordan; the American Hospital Expansion and Rashid Hospital Emergency and Trauma Centre in Dubai, UAE; the Mina Hospital in Mecca, KSA; and the Jizan Hospital in Juza, KSA. Likewise, the company has also internationally served various healthcare facilities such as the Montego Bay Hospital in Cornwall, Jamaica; the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong and the Sokoto Teaching Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria.
The company maintains its competitive edge in the regional market through its extensive industry experience and superior technical expertise and is currently bidding for various projects across the healthcare, educational, commercial, and residential and infrastructure sectors through its Civil, Water and Power and MEP units.