Italian hospital 'must follow Genoa bridge example'

By Mike Hayes15 October 2020

An impression of the under-construction hospital in Taranto, Italy

An impression of the under-construction hospital in Taranto, Italy

At a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 715-bed hospital in Taranto in southern Italy, the country’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, said the contractors on the project “must hurry”.

He said, “It’s like the Genoa bridge. We are here to support you. We have to make it in time. It doesn’t exist that in Italy it takes two years, three years, four years, five years for a work.”

In his speech, Conte was referring to the San Giorgio bridge that replaced the Morandi bridge in Genoa, which collapsed in August 2018.

The irreparably damaged bridge was dismantled, removed and replaced by the newly-designed structure in less than two years, with teams from a wide range of Italian contractors working together round the clock to achieve the record result.

The start of construction on the €162 million San Cataldo hospital project comes as Italy reports record numbers of positive tests for Covid-19, signalling a gathering of pace in the second wave of the pandemic.

The hospital structure will have an area of 226,297m2; It will consist of six main blocks and will host 70 clinics, 28 diagnostic rooms and 19 operating theatres.

The building will be erected on one foundation slab, measuring 310m x 240m, on which a central three-storey building will stand as a central axis, with four C-shaped blocks, each with four storeys, radiating from the central block.

The governor of Puglia, who joined the Prime Minister at the groundbreaking ceremony, responded to his call for rapid construction by saying, “We are in Puglia. We can do it.”

MAGAZINE
NEWSLETTER
Delivered directly to your inbox, World Construction Week Newsletter features the pick of the breaking news stories, product launches, show reports and more from KHL's world-class editorial team.
Longer Reads
Demolition or refurbishment?
Increasing numbers of politicians and architects are favouring reused buildings over demolition
How job order contracting improves construction efficiency
Job order contracting is suited to certain types of projects where it can potentially save contractors time and money 
A sustainable solution for marine construction
ECOncrete technology said to promote the growth of corals, which strengthen underwater structures
CONNECT WITH THE TEAM
Andy Brown Editor, International Construction Tel: +44 (0) 1892 786 224 E-mail: andy.brown@khl.com
Simon Kelly Sales Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1892 786 223 E-mail: simon.kelly@khl.com
CONNECT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA