Contract awarded for NSW largest hospital redevelopment

Attendees of a site visit to mark the awarding of the construction contract

The state’s largest hospital redevelopment passes another milestone with the $460 million contract for the construction of the new Central Acute Services Building awarded to Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd.

Opening in 2020, this state-of-the-art clinical facility will be the centrepiece of the $1 billion investment in the Westmead precinct.

Providing increased service integration between adult’s and children’s hospitals, this 12-storey building, will provide new emergency departments for adults and children, state-of-the-art operating suites for both adults and children pharmacy and imaging services, as well as inpatient beds for adults.

Geoff Lee said the historic contract reaffirmed the NSW Government’s commitment to the Westmead Hospital’s precinct.

“Westmead is already one of the world’s leading health, research and education precincts; the new CASB will enhance this by ensuring education, training and research are fully integrated,” he said.

“The new building will offer future-focused facilities to support best practice model of care – we want to offer patients and their families and carers truly integrated care, with the right care, at the right place and at the right time.”

Mr Lee said patients and their families had been heavily involved in designing the building to ensure the space reflected the needs of the diverse western Sydney community now and in the future.

“We want to ensure this new building is comfortable, modern and welcoming to the hundreds of patients who visit our busy Westmead hospitals annually,” he said.

“Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd has been working with Westmead clinicians, patients, families and community members to finalise the design for this exciting new building.

“We’re really looking forward now to kicking off work and seeing the building come to life.”

The Multiplex contract is set to significantly boost employment in the region, creating 1500 new construction jobs annually and more than 50 apprenticeships.

Multiplex has also committed to five per cent of the total contract price being committed to Aboriginal Participation in Construction (APIC) – more than triple the NSW Government minimum of 1.5 per cent.

The company is also set to launch a new connectivity skills and training centre on the Westmead precinct next year.

The centre will act as the hub for collaboration between a wide range of service providers including Jobactive, Disability Service Providers, PCYC, Transition to Work Providers VTEC and Aboriginal support agencies. The centre will also act as the point of co-ordination for all employment, training and community value-related activities for the construction of the new hospital building.

Mr Lee said the Westmead precinct was set to grow exponentially in the coming years.

“Westmead is a national leader in critical and acute healthcare, medical research, medicine and nursing education, allied health professions and science and technologies related to health – and it’s only going to get larger,” he said.

“More than $3 billion has been committed by government, universities and the private sector to upgrade and expand the precinct’s health services, education and medical research facilities over the next few years – it’s an incredibly exciting time for Westmead.”

Other important elements of the Westmead Redevelopment including the new multi-storey car park, which opened in December, and a staged refurbishment program for Westmead Hospital, due for completion in 2021.

Media: Marsha Mannot 02 9891 4722 (Geoff Lee MPs office)

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NOTE: This media release was issued by Dr Geoff Lee MP in December 2017.

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