8 Mar 2016

New hospital stimulates local employment and health care

A brand new hospital is set to open on Sint Maarten within just three years. Royal HaskoningDHV has been appointed engineering consultant for the project, bringing its global expertise in hospital development to the Caribbean island.

New national hospital on Sint Maarten N.A. | Royal HaskoningDHV

Image: from left to right: Minister Emil Lee, Glen Carty (SZV), Henk de Zeeuw (KPMG), Eduard Boonstra (Royal HaskoningDHV), Robert Jan James (SMMC).


The existing hospital on Sint Maarten is 25 years old and needs modernising. A new national general hospital is to be built on the site which can keep pace with the island’s growing population, tourism and accommodate new medical services. SZV Social and Healthcare Insurance is developing the hospital in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and St Maarten Medical Centre. It has appointed Royal HaskoningDHV to provide engineering consultancy services throughout the preparation, design and construction of the project. Royal HaskoningDHV will draw up the specification for the tender, monitor the bidding and assist with contract negotiations. During construction, it will act as the client’s representative supervising timings, cost and quality control.

Global knowledge, local partnering

“The new hospital needs to meet international standards while being adapted to local circumstances,” explained Eduard Boonstra, International Business Development Director at Royal HaskoningDHV. “We are working in partnership with local consultancy firm ICE NV with whom we have been working together in several sectors for 30 years. This combination of our leading international expertise together with the knowledge of a trusted local consultant brings added value for our client.” 

Employment and economy

Minister of Public Health Emil Lee said: "I am delighted to see that the open approach to the construction of the new general hospital by SZV, under the leadership of Glen Carty, is bearing fruit already. I am thrilled with the choice of Royal HaskoningDHV in partnership with ICE NV. Engaging with a local company was an important part of the selection criteria. As much as possible, the money that is invested into the process of building a new hospital should stay in St. Maarten. This creates employment and stimulates the economy. I’m looking forward to the next steps."

Designed to withstand natural disasters

The new hospital will have 110 beds and will offer a full range of clinical functions and supporting facilities. It will be fitted with new medical and IT equipment, all included within the terms of the turn-key contract. An additional wing allows for future expansion of medical services. Royal HaskoningDHV is arranging discussions with medical groups and hospital management to ensure the needs of a wide range of stakeholders are met. Affordability and sustainability are key features of the project. “We do not want the hospital to be a burden on the environment of the island. Included in the specification will be issues such as waste management. Flood prevention measures, hurricane and earthquakes also need to be considered,” Eduard Boonstra added. “It is a high pressure project in terms of timescales and requires careful planning and organisation to comply with the ambitious project schedule.”

This is the third new hospital development being undertaken by Royal HaskoningDHV in the Caribbean region and follows involvement in projects in Bonaire and Curacao.