A contractor has been named for the €140m construction of Germany’s first public/private partnership hospital project – the Hochtaunus hospital in Bad Homburg.

Hochtaunuskreis, a municipality near Frankfurt, has awarded a €2.26m contract for project management and technical consulting services to the US-based ARCADIS and Stein Projektmanagement of Germany.

Hochtaunus hospital will also be the first ‘green building’ hospital in Germany.

The state of Hesse has adjusted the Hessian Hospital Laws to enable PPP projects in healthcare for cost advantages.

This approach includes the selection of a private sector party that will design and construct the buildings and operate them for 25 years.

ARCADIS will create all tender documents with performance specifications defining the quality standards and technical requirements.

The company will coordinate the process up to construction completion and provide services for another six to 12 months after the hospital begins operations.

A Europe-wide tender for the project is scheduled for the summer of 2009 and the final award of the contract is anticipated by the end of 2010, with operations expected to begin by 2013.

By staff writer.