New Hospital Bispebjerg issues large Design and Build Contract

​The EU tender for the construction of a new General Hospital at Bispebjerg, Copenhagen, has just been published. By the end of 2019 it will be decided, who will win the 200 million Euro Design and Build Contract.


The main entrance to the future Bispebjerg Hospital will be green and inviting.  Illustration: KHR Architecture, EYP Health, Arup

The hospital of the future is one step closer to its realization. An EU tender for a new 77,500 square meter acute care facility has just been published, and construction will begin within a year.

“We are very happy to submit a tender for an elaborate Design and Build Contract to the international market. We have already had a series of meetings with potential bidders, and we sense an overall interest in the project. We look forward to building the hospital of the future with a competent contractor,” states Project Director, Lene Stevnhoved from New Hospital Bispebjerg.

The Design and Build Contract will be awarded in a negotiated procedure, which enables the client to enter a dialogue with the bidders. This should give the bidding parties a better understanding of the task at hand - thus minimizing risk in the project.

“Healthcare construction is a challenging discipline, and we have high expectations in terms of quality and competencies, when choosing our collaboration partners,” says Lene Stevnhoved.

Want to know more about the project and meet the people behind? Watch this 2-minute video.

Focus on optimizing site conditions

The existing Bispebjerg Hospital is placed in a densely populated urban area, and the hospital must be able to operate at full capacity during the construction period.

”We have a great focus on securing hospital operations and logistics. For instance, it is crucial that building site traffic does not interfere with the accessibility for ambulances. A future contractor is expected to collaborate with us to construct a new hospital in a way that respects the everyday life of our patients and staff,” says Project Director Lene Stevnhoved.

A project of this magnitude and complexity needs careful risk management to stay on time and budget. To minimize risk New Hospital Bispebjerg has worked intensely at optimizing the work conditions on the site. For instance, excavation works have already been performed onsite. A common facility service function has been established to coordinate all traffic surrounding the construction site. And the client organization is already preparing a detailed plan for the decommissioning of a building containing operations theatres, x-ray and other vital functions, which is to be replaced by the new hospital.

The new general hospital is expected to open its doors to patients in 2023.
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