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Keppie sets sights on Egypt windfall

Glasgow-based practice Keppie Design hopes to win work on both sides of the fence as Egypt’s new government develops the country’s infrastructure

The firm has secured the design contract for a PPP contract to design and build a series of facilities for the Smouha and Mowassat hospitals in Alexandria.

Design director David Ross told AJ he hopes Keppie will win more work through PPP in the country – both as a contractor and advising the fledgling government on the process.

The country is rebuilding its government in the wake of the Tahrir Square protests that led to the resignation of Hosni Mubarak last year.

‘The early indications are that social infrastructure projects in Egypt will be delivered using PPP,’ said Ross.

‘The UK has 20 years’ experience of using private finance and has learnt lots of lessons.

‘We hope we will be in a position to win projects in Egypt but also to work on the government side, helping to advise the client.’

The Alexandria contract includes a 200-bed Gynecology and Obstetrics University Hospital.

It also involves a pediatric and emergency facility and a blood bank at the Smouha Hospital, and a 223-bed facility near the Mowassat Hospital for the provision of highly specialised care services.

Keppie is working on the scheme as part of a consortium including Egyptian firms Detac Construction, The Arab Academy and Bareeq Capital. UK-based G4S and Siemens of Germany make up the team.

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