KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — The government has awarded engineering firm George Kent (M) Bhd a RM364.9 million contract to complete an endocrine extension to Putrajaya Hospital, English daily The Star reported.
The contract by the Works Ministry requires the company to design and build a 220-bed hospital in Precint 7 in the administrative capital on two plots measuring about 4,100 sq m and 6,140 sq m right next to Putrajaya Hospital.
Citing a statement released by the company’s group chairman Tan Sri Tan Kay Hock, the daily reported that the contract for the hospital is for a 36-month period and the building is to be completed come 2020.
“We have built a formidable team of experts and gained valuable experience in the course of the execution of past projects.
“It will put us in a very good position for the execution of this and future projects. George Kent is constantly growing and committed to improving on our past successes,” Tan reportedly said in his statement.
Putrajaya Hospital is the tertiary referral centre for endocrine diseases, which include diabetes and hormonal disorders.
George Kent is known for its involvement in specialised infrastructure developments, notably major rail transportation projects in the country, such as the Ampang Line LRT Extension, LRT3 and MRT2.
Tan reportedly said that the contract would also bring the group’s total order book to over RM6.2 billion, its all-time high.
The Star reported that the contract for the endocrine hospital is the fourth hospital that George Kent is building on a turnkey basis for the Health Ministry.
George Kent has completed construction of the Kuala Lipis Hospital’s Phase 1 in 2012 and is now in the midst of constructing its Phase 2, and the Tanjung Karang Hospital.