Contractor to manage construction of health facility as well as separate $80m science museum, both in Dallas

Balfour Beatty, the engineering, construction, services and investment company, has won a contract to manage construction of the largest hospital building in Dallas, Texas, the medical heartland of the US.

The $560m (£373m) contract is to oversee the build of a 1.9m sq ft health facility to replace the 55-year-old Parkland Health and Hospital System.

The firm has in addition announced it is to act as construction manager for the $80m Perot Museum of Nature and Science, also in Dallas.

Balfour Beatty worker on site
The hospital will be the largest in Dallas

Construction of the 150,000 sq ft museum will be part-funded through a $50m donation from the Perot family - that of former presidential candidate and technology magnate Ross Perot.

The scheme is scheduled to break ground in autumn 2009 and be complete in early 2012; the completed museum is expected to attract about a million visitors a year.