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International Project of the Year: Winner

Winner: Skanska UK – New Karolinska Solna, Stockholm, Sweden

Skanska clinched International Project of the Year thanks to its exceptional work on New Karolinska Solna, a state-of-the-art university hospital in Stockholm.

The contractor’s commitment to build the hospital was a bold one: at £1.78bn, it represented the single largest project the firm had taken on at the time.

However, Skanska’s experience with PFI projects in the UK and its familiarity with its home market served it well, allowing it to deliver the project on time and to budget.

Work on the hospital began in 2008 and was broken down into seven main phases. 

All seven were delivered on time or better and the contractor was able to hand over the completed project three months early, with the local authority receiving the keys to the hospital in December 2017.

The hospital has a gross area of 330,000 sq m, comprising 8,000 rooms, 730 in-patient beds and 100 daycare rooms.

“The scale, complexity and the fact that Skanska was able to maintain its performance over a 10-year period are outstanding”

Judges’ comment

New Karolinska also features eight radiation treatment bunkers and dedicated clinical research labs, which have a gross area of 40,000 sq m.

At the peak of construction, Skanska employed more than 250 management staff overseeing an onsite workforce of 2,000.

A total of 120 Skanska UK staff worked on the project over its 10-year duration, with some spending as many as five years in Stockholm.

More than 16.5m worker-hours were recorded, with the project going more than 1m hours without incident on several occasions.

The judging panel was impressed by Skanska’s flexibility and willingness to find ways to cater to the client’s changing demands.

On several occasions, the late arrival of heavy hospital equipment forced the contractor to knock down walls and carry out redesigns on extremely short notice. 

Yet Skanska was able to accommodate these unforeseen adaptations and still remain on budget and programme.

The contractor also facilitated early access for end-users, who needed to install hospital equipment and train staff in their use.

Skanska took steps to ensure the project did not have an adverse climate impact, achieving LEED Gold certification thanks to the facility being ‘climate-neutral’, the company says.

“The scale, complexity and the fact that Skanska was able to maintain its performance over a 10-year period and deliver a fantastic product at the end is outstanding,” the judges said.

“The quality of construction, extent of its modular work and the high level of finish are also excellent.”


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  • Galliford Try – Camogli Health Care Centre, Tristan da Cunha
  • Mace – CLN1, Clonee, Ireland
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  • Turner International – Kaplankaya Phase 1, Turkey

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