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The local government has approved three contracts related to the construction of the nursing institute to be developed in the new Islands District Medical Complex to be developed in Cotai, with the total amount involved in the contracts reaching around MOP617.17 million (US$76.77 million), a dispatch in the Official Gazette revealed.
The largest contract involves the institute’s construction, awarded to a consortium comprising CCECC (Macau) Companhia de Construção e Engenharia Civil China, Limitada and Companhia de Construção e Obras de Engenharia Tong Lei, Limitada for MOP609 million.
Meanwhile, a MOP4.53 million contract was granted to the Macau Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LECM) for quality control of the institute’s construction, with a MOP3.49 million contract being awarded to the Institute for the Development and Quality, Macau (IDQ) to provide quality control of electromechanical installations.
According to the Infrastructure Development Office (GDI), the nursing college will be a 16-storey building occupying 3,000 square metres, with the construction area to occupy 33,600 square metres.
The building will have three underground levels for parking, with the remaining floors for faculty and office use, including residences for teachers and students, as well as an activity centre.
The maximum deadline for the construction is set at 850 days, with the ground floors expected to be concluded after 380 days and the remaining floors within 200 days.

Health in progress
The nursing institute is part of the construction of the first phase of the new hospital complex, which in total will occupy some 76,000 square metres, with a gross floor area of some 421,000 square metres.
The first phase of the complex will include six buildings, the nursing college, a general hospital with around 1,000 beds, an auxiliary facility building, a staff dormitory, an administrative building and a central laboratory building, while the second phase will include the development of a rehabilitation hospital.
The nursing college project was created by the architecture firm Eddie Wong & Associates Limited, a company owned by local architect Eddie Wong Yue Kai, which also developed the projects for the overall islands medical complex.
Mr. Wong is a member of the MSAR Executive Council and president of the Supervisory Board of the Architects Association of Macau (AAM).
In 2013, Mr. Wong’s company was granted the design contract for the new medical complex for MOP235 million, with the project being delivered in August of last year.
In July of last year, Aecom Asia Company Limited, a subsidiary of the American construction and engineering group Aecom, received a MOP197.6 million contract to supervise the construction and the training of human resources used in the project management.
As of August of last year, the known expenses for the medical complex revealed by the government had reached some MOP1.4 billion, with the government having estimated a total level of investment of around MOP10 billion.
According to the Health Bureau, as of August of this year, work on the foundations of most of the first phase buildings had been completed, with the public tender for the construction of the general hospital building expected to take place by the end of this year. The Health Bureau also indicated that by 2019 around 80 per cent of the complex construction should be complete.