Investments in the health sector, with high quality hospitals, will raise the bar for our country.
The development of the health sector in Cyprus and the attraction of foreign investments, medical tourism, but also the transformation of the country into a regional hub of high level health care is not an easy bet. However, the interest shown by foreign investors in the construction of new hospitals in our country, seems to be a strong step towards achieving the above goals. The Forbes presents all new hospitals planned to be done in the coming years.
New horizons in the field of health in Cyprus are opened by the large investments planned for the construction of state-of-the-art hospitals. It is estimated that they will primarily upgrade the country's health services for the benefit of patients and secondly will raise the shares of Cyprus in an effort to become an attractive international destination for the provision of distinguished medical services.
The flagship of the new chapter that Cyprus opens in the field of health are the two new hospitals of Nicosia, the Hadassah Hospital Cyprus in Lakatamia, which will be the largest private hospital in Cyprus and the Nicosia Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (NHRC) – Saint Loucas , in Engomi.
In general, six new hospitals are expected in the coming years, some large and some smaller, which are listed below.
HADASSAH HEALTH PARK: CHANGES THE DATA
Hadassah Health Park in Lakatamia, which will be implemented in the area of the former Charalambidis Dairies, is the project that will change the map of health in Cyprus, since, the pioneering project for the data of our country, will include Hadassah Hospital Cyprus, the largest private hospital in Cyprus, with complete diagnostic and hospital equipment of the latest technology, the Hadassah Rehabilitation Center and the Assisted Living Center.
Specifically, Hadassah Hospital Cyprus will provide medical services in the whole range of hospital care, even in specialized branches, which have not been offered so far in Cyprus. It will be 23,000 sq.m. and is expected to open its doors to the world in 2024. The Hadassah Rehabilitation Center will offer state-of-the-art treatment methods and rehabilitation protocols for postoperative patients, accident patients, chronic patients and drug addicts. It is expected to be completed by 2025. As for the Assisted Living Center, it will be built in two phases. The first is expected to be available to the public in 2024 and the second in 2025.
The grand project will be implemented on the basis of a strategic agreement, worth over € 150 million, of the Cypriot HC Management of Medical Center PLC (MMC) and the Israeli Hadassah Medical Ltd, a subsidiary of the internationally renowned medical organization Hadassah Medical Organization. From the total investment, more than 1,500 jobs will be created, which will be filled by Cypriots.
Along with the main design, the two parts of the collaboration also design a model, in terms of medical technology, medical and diagnostic center in Limassol. For this purpose, a series of buildings has been evaluated, in order to operate in the coming months, under the name Hadassah Diagnostic Center.
ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION
The design of the medical facilities has been jointly commissioned by the distinguished architectural firms ADP Architecture from the United Kingdom and Spector Amisar Architects from Israel, as well as the local architectural firm ENA pros EKATO (CONSTANTI ARCHITECTS).
The international construction giant Bouygues Batiment International also participates as a consultant in the project and with an active role in the design of both the medical facilities and the living spaces. Despite the obstacles posed by the pandemic, the design of the buildings is at an advanced stage. The architectural plans and other relevant studies are being completed while the necessary applications for licensing are in progress. Once the relevant approvals are obtained, the construction of the project is expected to begin.
NHRC IN NGKOMI
The Nicosia Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (NHRC) – Saint Loucas, in Engomi, which will have a total cost of € 50 million, will be ready to provide its services in 2025. It will be erected west of the International State Fair (opposite the offices). of the Cyprus Sports Organization), on land of the Archdiocese, by foreign investors. According to the environmental impact assessment study submitted to the Department of Environment, the hospital, which will be built on a plot with a total area of 96,500 sq.m., concerns a single hospital development with a rehabilitation center and a variety of supportive uses and ancillary spaces. .
It will consist of a building volume with basement, ground floor, four floors and a roof garden. In addition, it will have a restaurant, cafe, kiosk and flower shop. The area of the part of the plot where the project will be located amounts to 19,844 sq.m. while the total area of development will amount to 30,309.5 sq.m. Specifically, the hospital will have a total area of 10,453 sq.m. while the rehabilitation center will have a total area of approximately 6,926 sq.m.
The development will have 83 patient rooms (54 for the hospital and 29 for the rehabilitation center) and will consist of a 24-hour first aid and emergency department (non-serious cases), Cardiology Department, Endoscopy Department, Administration Department, Gynecology Department and maternity wards, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Intensive Care, Department of Sterilization, Department of Radiology and offices of radiologists, Chemistry and laboratory.
Among other things, the development will include patient wards (obstetric, pathological, surgical, pediatric and intensive care) with single, double and triple rooms, pharmacy, cafeteria and restaurant for the public, rehabilitation center with clinics, physiotherapists, gym, locker room, swimming pool and restoration, roof garden and basement and ground floor parking, with 500 spaces. Nicosia Hospital and Rehabilitation Center- Saint Loucas has been designed by the international architectural firm HKS, in collaboration with the MDG Architects office in Cyprus.
AND A SECOND NEW HOSPITAL
The NHRC is not the only hospital that will make its appearance in Engomi in the coming years, as another huge hospital, with support services, will be built on a piece of Kykkos Monastery, on a land area of 37,464 sq.m. The plot, which will be granted for long-term use, is located at the junction of Griva Digeni and Agios Prokopios Avenues and has an area of approximately 335,000 sq.m. It starts from Metochi tou Kykkou (on Griva Digeni) and extends to the ALFAMEGA supermarket. On the other hand, it extends from the height of Metochi (on Archangelos) to the roundabout near the DIAS complex and covers the entire area to the right, where the outpatient clinics of Engomi are located.
The hospital is planned to be built on the site where the Kykkos nursery is located today. A group of doctors already had contacts with the competent services and now, it is expected the submission of a regulatory plan in which the developments that will be implemented will be distributed (hotel, offices, shops, etc.). In addition to some Cypriot doctors, foreigners will participate in this hospital, with share capital and foreigners. The goal is to attract patients from Israel or other countries in the region. Regarding the project approval process, in the first phase it concerns the submission of a General Spatial Plan to the Urban Planning Authority for the entire development.
“HARMONY” IN LATSIA
The private clinic “Armonia” in Latsia will cost close to € 1.2 million. It recently received the approval of the Environmental Authority and it is estimated that its construction work will take two years. The project will have an area of 628 sq.m. and will include three inpatient rooms and an operating room (2nd floor). On the 1st floor, among others, there will be clinics, septic surgery and a place for examination and treatment of patients. On the ground floor will be the reception area and 10 parking spaces while another 10 parking spaces will be available in the basement.
The clinic will have two access points on Dimitris Stavrou Street. It is noted that, north of the area where the clinic will be built is the home for the elderly “Timotheos”. Opening hours will be typical for private hospitals.
CLINIC IN TSERIOU
A new day care clinic, with a horizon of completion in September 2022, will be built in Strovolos, specifically on Tseriou Avenue. It will include a 15-bed nursing unit with a surgical department, an endoscopy unit and an artificial reproduction unit. The project of EIPS LTD, has an estimated cost of € 3.6 million. This clinic will be located one kilometer from the private hospital American Heart.
PROPERTY OF € 28 MILLION WITH A HEALTH BACKGROUND
In addition to the above investments in the health sector which have been put in the process of implementation, a new investment is being conceived, this time in Limassol. In particular, this is a large investment in the field of education and health which will be implemented within seven large plots, which are located in the area of Agia Fyla. The plots were recently sold by the Property Management Department (REMU) of the Bank of Cyprus to the Israeli, Cypriot citizen, businessman Yakir Gabay, for the amount of € 28.2 million. The property is located 250 meters east of the Limassol-Platron road and 350 meters southeast of the private school “The Heritage Private School”. It has a total area of 732,767 sq.m. and includes six pieces, with a total area of 682,264 sq.m. and a piece of 50,503 sq.m. It is worth noting that Yakir Gabay is ranked 655th on this year's Forbes list of the richest people in the world, with a fortune estimated at $ 4.4 billion.
From the October issue of Forbes