The important connection between Westmead Hospital and The Children's Hospital at Westmead will be maintained for as much time as possible during construction of the new acute services building.
Work is being undertaken to erect the new temporary linkway between Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The proposed solution will enable a critical link between the two operating hospitals to be preserved during construction of the new central acute services building.
Once the temporary linkway is completed, the current linkway will be demolished along with the building which previously housed the Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS). The temporary linkway will then be in place and accessible whilst the central acute services building is built beside it.
A mobile crane is now on site which will be used to lift the linkway structure onto the supporting beams in sections which can then be secured. It can lift up to 70 tonnes and it’s operating arm can lift to a distance of 44 metres.
“The temporary linkway structure is being constructed using repurposed shipping containers which will be suspended on steel supporting beams,” project director Tim Mason said. “The containers and their interior were specially designed in Brisbane and transported to Westmead. The materials being used are very robust and once completed we’ll have a suitable linking structure to allow hospital services such as patient transport to be maintained.”
The temporary linkway will be completed in March 2017. There will be some changes to pedestrian access as linkway works progress. We ask everyone entering car park P3 to remain alert and exercise caution as works occur in this location. Please follow the instruction of onsite traffic control.
Keep an eye out for more updates about the linkway in the project update as we move closer to completion. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project team on 1800 990 296 or email us at WSLHD-WestmeadProject@health.nsw.gov.au
Read about linkway testing undertaken in 2016: