There’s lots going on around the precinct at the moment. You’ve probably seen fencing around new car parking and the central acute services building construction sites, but did you know we’re also building a new helipad?
Works for the construction of the new hospital building have commenced and this will require the relocation of a number of services, including the base for the Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS), the Pregnancy and newborn Services Network (PSN) and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s current helipad.
A new helipad will be constructed on a platform, above the top floor, of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s visitors’ car park on Hainsworth Street. Construction began during June with a view for the helipad to become operational in 2017.
When The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s helipad becomes operational early next year, there will be a significant reduction in the amount of helicopter noise across the precinct. This is primarily due to the NETS maintenance base and hangar moving off-site as part of this development. These movements are expected to reduce to two to three times per week.
“Once the new helipad is completed, the majority of helicopters will be purely transferring patients and then leaving the site,” project director Tim Mason said.
“A dedicated lift and link bridge will be constructed to transfer patients from the new helipad deck into The Children's Hospital at Westmead. The link bridge will provide access from the new lift shaft located in the Hainsworth Street car park to the existing Hospital and connect through on level three. The link will run in between the eye clinic and accommodation buildings at the Hospital.”
The new helipad was designed and built overseas to specification for Westmead and was delivered via air freight in separate components. It’s a seriously heavy piece of infrastructure!
The helipad will also be lifted piece by piece via crane onto the roof of the Hainsworth Street car park and then assembled.
Read about Stage 1 of the Westmead Redevelopment in our fact sheet