Veidekke: To build psychiatric buildings in Drammen

After a four-month collaborative phase, the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority has awarded Veidekke the contract to erect three buildings for mental health and substance abuse care for the new hospital in Drammen. The contract is a design and build contract valued at NOK 770 million excluding VAT.

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The three connected psychiatric buildings will have a total gross area of 18,500 m2 and an outdoor area of 7,000 m2. Buildings 1 and 2 will have three storeys, while building 3 facing the fjord will have two storeys. Veidekke’s contract includes all work from planning, design, construction, a test phase and commissioning until the new hospital is complete in 2025.

“Veidekke won the competition for the letter of intent at the end of November, and we have now completed a successful collaborative phase in partnership with the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority, consultants and architects. We appreciate the confidence shown in us and are proud to now design and build the three psychiatric buildings in what will be a modern and future-oriented hospital to the benefit of patients, next of kin and employees,” says department manager Erik Økland of Veidekke Bygg.

The buildings for mental health and substance abuse care constitute a large proportion of the buildings for a new hospital in Drammen and will accommodate 167 full-time places and 16 outpatient rooms. New, modern equipment and new solutions in the building will offer the patients good care and a more manageable workday for employees.

“The co-location of somatics with mental health and substance abuse care is an important premise for building the new hospital. The signing of this contract signifies an important milestone that confirms that the agreed scope will be realised. We’re pleased that work can now start and are looking forward to further cooperation with Veidekke,” says project director Arnstein Hodne with the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority.

Construction work will start in mid-April, and handover is scheduled for November 2024. The contract is included in Veidekke’s order backlog for the first quarter. Read more about the project here.

For more information please contact:
Department manager Erik Økland of Veidekke Bygg Oslo, tel. +47 95 05 13 65,
Communications Manager Helge Dieset, Veidekke, tel. +47 90 55 33 22,
Project Director with the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority, Arnstein Hodne, tel. +47 95 08 73 13, 

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Veidekke is one of Scandinavia's largest contractors. In addition to undertaking all types of building and civil engineering assignments, the group also maintains roads and produces asphalt and aggregates. Veidekke emphasises stakeholder involvement and local experience. Its annual turnover is approximately NOK 38 billion, and half of its 8,000 employees own shares in the company. Veidekke is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and has posted a profit every year since its inception in 1936.

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