Why do we experience so many problems with public construction projects?

December 15, 2023

Problematic public construction projectsAfter a seven-year delay, the University of Copenhagen was able to start using the new building in August 2023. From an original budget of DKK 2 billion, the total costs eventually amounted to DKK 5 billion. six years later than planned, and with a budget overrun of approx. Copenhagen Metro’s City Circle LineThe line opened in 2019 after a nine-month delay with a budget overrun of DKK 4 billion, bringing the total costs to DKK 25 billion. The original budget was DKK 600 million, but it ended up costing DKK 1.6 billion.

Problematic public construction projects


The Niels Bohr Building

After a seven-year delay, the University of Copenhagen was able to start using the new building in August 2023. From an original budget of DKK 2 billion, the total costs eventually amounted to DKK 5 billion.

New Aalborg University Hospital
Aalborg’s future super hospital is expected to be completed in 2026, i.e. six years later than planned, and with a budget overrun of approx. DKK 1.4 billion.

Copenhagen Metro’s City Circle Line
The line opened in 2019 after a nine-month delay with a budget overrun of DKK 4 billion, bringing the total costs to DKK 25 billion.

DR Koncerthuset
In 2009, Koncerthuset concert hall was completed after a two-year delay. The original budget was DKK 600 million, but it ended up costing DKK 1.6 billion.

Sources: Ritzau, Licitationen, Kristeligt Dagblad, dr.dk 

The source of this news is from Technical University of Denmark

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