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The licence for the long-delayed extension to the Costa del Sol hospital gets approval
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The licence for the long-delayed extension to the Costa del Sol hospital gets approval

  • After over ten years of waiting, the project to extend the hospital has been given the green light and building work will begin as soon as possible

After the contract for the extension to the Costa del Sol hospital at a cost of 51.7 million euros was awarded to builders Ferrovial on 17 September and services for the management, works execution management and health and safety coordination for the proposed extension for a cost of 1.4 million euros were contracted, Marbella council has approved the building licence.

The permit document was officially handed over to the hospital director, Luisa Lorenzo, by Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz. Lorenzo stated that there are two aspects to the work; to finish the new building and, the other, to refurbish the current facilities that will be vacated once services are transferred to the new extension.

She went on to explain that the works will run "in parallel" in order to meet the ambitious objective of finishing by the first half of 2023.

Building work can now start almost immediately now that the "commitment to expansion has become a certainty", explained the mayor who also praised the efforts of the Urban Planning office, legal teams and Patrimonio Municipal for speeding up the approval of the licence.

The works for the expansion of the hospital have been paralysed for more than a decade and the Junta de Andalucía's representative in Malaga province, Patricia Navarro, has stated that once the work begins, it should take 22 months to complete, increasing the range of services of the hospital with new specialities, something that has not happened since 2009.

The expansion of the Marbella hospital is, in addition to other projects, focused on primary care, which in the opinion of the delegate, "will turn Marbella into the capital of public health".