BC set to go with new P3 hospitals
authorities in British Columbia have selected consortiums to build two
new hospitals using public-private partnerships (P3) – one in Abbotsford
and the other in Vancouver.
A new, $90 million ambulatory care centre at the Vancouver General
Hospital site should be open to patients in 2006. It will be built as a
"public-private-partnership (P3)" in conjunction with Access Health
Vancouver, which has been selected as the 'preferred proponent'.
Access Health Vancouver is a group made up of: PCL Constructors
Westcoast, Vancouver-based IBI Group/Henriquez Architects, ABN Amro Bank
N.V., and Brookfield LePage Johnson Controls, which specializes in
The facility will be known as The Academic Ambulatory Care Centre, and
it will consolidate clinics, laboratories and specialists' offices
currently scattered around the VGH site.
The price tag estimated for the new centre is $90 million. It's expected
to house 500 staff and serve 600,000 patients a year.
Under the P3 plan, the private consortium will pay for the project's
development and construction. It will also cover the costs of the
centre's maintenance for its first 30 years.
The health authority would, in turn, lease space from the consortium to
operate the centre. Other companies could also lease space in the
facility, but the health authority would be its main tenant.
After 30 years, ownership of the facility would be transferred to the
"The value of this P3 is that taxpayers are not on the hook for upfront
costs, ongoing maintenance and potential overruns," said Vancouver
Coastal Health spokesman Clay Adams.
The contract to build B.C.'s second health-related P3, a new
$300-million hospital in Abbotsford, was won by Access Health
Abbotsford. It's made up of the same major partners – Brookfield LePage
Johnson Controls, PCL Construction, and ABN Amro Bank. Construction of
the 300-bed Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre should begin
soon after a final contract is settled this fall. The facility is
expected to open in 2007.
It will be three times the size of the current hospital and include a
new cancer treatment centre that will be part of the provincial network
operated by the BC Cancer Agency.
Details with Access Health Abbotsford are being finalized by the Fraser