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Plenary consortium picked for Canadian healthcare project

The scheme, which will add two new buildings to the country’s largest mental health and addiction centre, is expected to reach financial close in March.

A consortium led by Sydney-based Plenary Group has been picked for the redevelopment of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

The team, dubbed Plenary Health CAMH, was picked as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the CAMH Phase 1C project, which will add two new buildings and 655,000 feet of new build-space to Canada’s largest mental health and addiction facility. The scheme is expected to reach financial close in March, with construction beginning in the autumn.

Plenary was one of three companies shortlisted for the project in February and one of two, along with EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare, to submit a bid following a request for proposals. CAMH and Infrastructure Ontario, a government-owned procurement agency, chose Plenary following “extensive evaluations”, IO said.

The contract cost will be announced following financial close, IO added, when the relevant contracts are signed and a financing rate has been set.

Plenary Group, financial advisor on the project, will also act as developer alongside PCL Investments Canada. PCL Constructors will serve as design-builder, while Stantec Architecture and facilities manager ENGIE Services round out the consortium.

The project will add two new buildings along Queen Street West in Toronto, with inpatient and outpatient services for people who are acutely ill or are experiencing the most complex forms of mental illness. CAMH president and chief executive Catherine Zahn called the project the “largest and boldest phase” of the hospital’s redevelopment to date.

Last October, Plenary Health reached a C$1.3 billion ($991 million, €927 million) financial close on the construction of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital in Toronto’s York region.