Contract signed for 540-bed Central Block at POSGH

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    The $1bn contract for construction of a new 540-bed Central Block for the Port of Spain General Hospital has been signed.

    Government and Shanghai Construction Group Caribbean Limited put pen to paper today, agreeing to a public/private partnership to build the new facility.

    According to Office of the Prime Minister’s website, it will include Accident and Emergency services, an operating theatre and recovery room, Intensive Care Unit, High Dependency Unit and ancillary services.

    It notes that replacing the current building became necessary due to its age and damage from last August’s 6.1 magnitude earthquake.

    Construction is expected over two phases with the first being demolition of the old block, which started last September.

    The next phase will include the construction of the new block and is estimated to take 24-30 months to complete.

    The design and construction will be in accordance with international best practices.

    Government claims Shanghai submitted “the best value for money proposal” which was $600 million less than the other, unnamed bidder.