Causeway Project Accounting to manage $600 million Hospital Project

Bourne End, UK, AUGUST 2011: A joint venture between Murray & Roberts and Al Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) is to use Causeway Project Accounting (CPA) in managing the construction of the new Al Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Al Mafraq is among the oldest hospitals in Abu Dhabi and its regeneration with a new building will more than triple the number of treatment rooms as well as extending many other facilities.

Both partners have corporate finance and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems in place, but decided these couldn’t meet the detailed commercial management needs of the project. With many of the senior management team having experienced Causeway on the £18bn Al Raha Beach Resort project, also in Abu Dhabi, Causeway were shortlisted and reviewed as a potential supplier alongside other providers.

Commercial Director of the joint venture, Jason Lowe, commented: “Causeway has a strong track record of delivering project accounting software for major construction projects making this a low risk decision. We were very impressed with Causeway Project Accounting which offers us the full commercial control we require ensuring we proactively manage cost and value to maximise profitability on this project.”

CPA will be integrated to the joint venture’s corporate finance system – Oracle’s JD Edwards software - along with the existing estimating and project planning systems.

Jason Lowe added: “Corporate finance systems simply do not meet the detailed commercial needs of a construction project. Causeway’s proposition offers integration with a company’s existing finance system and we were therefore able to embrace the project needs without compromise to our corporate IT strategy,” he concluded.

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