The top tier of NSW Government fittingly marked a major Westmead Redevelopment milestone when the Premier, Treasurer and Health Minister joined MPs and precinct partners for the topping out of the Central Acute Services Building (CASB).
“The $1 billion Westmead Redevelopment ensures the fastest-growing part of Sydney gets the very best services,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian told guests and a throng of media on the CASB’s 14th storey.
“We’ll make sure we have the best health professionals possible working here.
“Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, midwives, all the allied health professionals and everyone else who is making this possible.”
The CASB, a collaboration between Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, will transform healthcare in western Sydney and provide a base for ground-breaking health research to benefit every Australian.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the building, due for completion in 2020, was an investment in the future health of NSW residents.
“The $1 billion-plus Westmead Precinct redevelopment provides NSW with a cutting-edge health, innovation and education precinct,” he said.
Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard was even more parochial when he tweeted within an hour of addressing guests:
“Gold for the West! $1 billion of new Westmead hospital and education precinct has been topped out today. Thanks to all who are delivering this magnificent new hospital building.”
Senior project director Tim Mason said although the topping out was a construction milestone steeped in tradition, the event set in motion a new age for health, research and education.
He said it also provided the next major step in engaging with the people of western Sydney.
“It’s important we all understand the change this will bring to health care for decades to come,” Tim said. “But it’s even more far-reaching.
“The Central Acute Services Building and Innovation Centre will ensure Westmead plays a significant role as a health, research and education hub at the centre of the nation’s fastest growing population.”
He said the topping out offered another opportunity to pay thanks to Westmead residents and businesses for their input and patience as they awaited their futuristic precinct serviced by Parramatta Light Rail and a new Metro rail link.
The Premier, Treasurer and Health Minister were welcomed onto the Westmead Precinct by Graeme Loy, Chief Executive, Western Sydney Local Health District; Adjunct Associate Professor Cheryl McCullagh, Acting Chief Executive, The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network; Vice Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence, University of Sydney; and Rebecca Wark, Chief Executive, Health Infrastructure.
Pictured top: The NSW Premier marks the milestone on the top level of our new building with Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee, and NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrotet.
Pictured below: The ceremonial tree is craned in for the topping out. The tree symbolises the completion of the main structure of the building and good luck for the remaining project.