Spanish infrastructure and energy company Acciona has secured a €560m project from Panama’s Ministry of Health (Minsa) to construct a new children’s hospital (Hospital del Niño) in Panama City, Panama.

The project includes the construction of one of the country’s main hospital complexes including a general practice centre and an adjoining maternity hospital (Santo Tomás), with an overall bed capacity of 720 between the two buildings.

Once completed, the new hospital complex will occupy an area over 165,000m² along with 5,700m² of rehabilitated space. The Hospital del Niño will cover over 94,000m², offering 476 beds and 14 operating theatres.

The Santo Tomás maternity hospital will have a bed capacity of 244 along with 14 operating theatres and 30 delivery rooms.

The hospital complex will also have parking space for 700 vehicles across an area of 24,000m².

The Spanish company has also agreed to take over the restoration services of the facility’s gardens and refurbishing the administrative service building along with other adjacent facilities.

The company started business in Panama in 2013 with the construction of the Dr. Rafael Hernandez Medical Specialities Center in David district, in the country.

In May this year, Lima Airport Partners (LAP), a Peruvian airport sector operator had selected a consortium of Acciona, Ferrovial and Peru-based JJC, for the construction of the Control Tower at Jorge Chávez Airport in Lima, Peru.

The project is part of Peruvian capital’s airport expansion scheme. Once completed, the Jorge Chávez Airport will become one of the largest and modern airports in South America.

The 65m high tower will be made up of reinforced concrete and steel pillars and is expected to be operational in 2022.

The project will cover a total area of 3,100m², including the new tower itself (1,600m²) and another 1,500m² of auxiliary buildings to house operational facilities.

The auxiliary buildings will include Regulation and Transformation Centre, a fire extinguishing building, a wildlife control building, an electrical substation and external water supply and sanitation networks.


Artist’s rendering of the new children’s hospital in Panama City. (Credit: Acciona.)