EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EDIH) has received a fixed-price contract from Niagara Health (NH) and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) to design, build, fund and operate the new South Niagara Hospital.

The contract worth $3.6bn indicates the sum of the building payments, the payment for substantial completion, and the monthly service payments excluding any inflation adjustments.

EDIH will immediately commence site preparation works on the property and construction is scheduled to begin this year.

The hospital is expected to open in 2028 after a five-year construction period.

Niagara Health CEO and president Lynn Guerriero said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare to bring this exciting new hospital to Niagara. The team at EDIH has created a truly impressive building design that is specific to our needs, showcasing their knowledge and expertise in healthcare infrastructure.

“The new state-of-the–art hospital is going to transform healthcare for the Niagara region and will attract healthcare workers to the region. I look forward to watching it come to life over the next few years.”

The 1.3 million-square-foot hospital will be built near Niagara Falls. It will provide a wide range of services, such as emergency, critical care, diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical treatments, along with Centres of Excellence in complex care, strokes and wellness in ageing.

The capacity of Niagara Health to offer inpatient treatments for the area will increase because of the new hospital’s 12-storey height and up to 469 beds.

The campus has been designed with the space and infrastructure to support new and developing healthcare technology and will have infection prevention and control techniques.

By assisting local businesses while under construction, the new hospital will have a long-term beneficial economic impact on Niagara, increasing employment and community growth.

EDIH will assemble the construction team, and NH will work with EDIH to encourage opportunities for regional firms to participate in the project.

Following an open, transparent, and competitive request for bids procedure that started in October 2021, EDIH was chosen after thorough evaluations.