Plenary frontrunner for C$1bn Canada hospital

The preferred bidder consortium, which also includes Innisfree, will expand the Toronto-based Humber River Regional Hospital into a 656-bed facility.

Plenary Health Care Partnerships was named preferred proponent in a bid for a state-of-the-art hospital in Canada, according to a statement from procuring authority Infrastructure Ontario (IO).  

IO said Humber River Regional Hospital, located in Toronto and billed as the first fully digital hospital in Ontario, will be designed, built, financed and maintain (DBFM) project for Plenary.

The contract has a 30-year concession period with construction valued at C$974.8 million (€707 million; $990 million).

Plenary Health Care Partnerships is a consortium including developer Plenary Group, infrastructure fund Innisfree, PCL Construction Group and HCP Social Infrastructure.

HDR Architects and C.F. Moller will design the facility, while Johnson Controls will act as facility manager. RBC Capital Markets is the consortium's financial adviser.

IO and Humber Regional are working to detail a final contract with Plenary. The project – which will require Plenary to upgrade the hospital to a 656-bed facility, up from its current 549 – should reach a commercial and financial close in the fall.

The completed facility will offer greater access to high quality healthcare, as well as reduced wait time, expanded emergency service, increased outpatient service, modern diagnostic equipment for better treatment and updated infectious disease containment technology, the statement read.

The Plenary selection concluded a shortlisting process that began last October. Bidding closed in June, and included Future Health Consortium and Hospital Infrastructure Partnerships, according to the Infrastructure Ontario website.

Future Health is comprised of Bilfinger Berger, SNC Lavalin, Walsh Construction Canada, Bondfield Construction, Honeywell and Cannon Design. Hospital Infrastructure Partnerships is a group including Fengate Capital Management, Carillion Canada , EllisDon, Stantec Architecture, Scotia Capital, H. H. Angus & Associates, Crossey Engineering , Stephenson Engineering , Read Jones Christofferson, Geo. A. Kelson Company and Univex Group of Companies.