Refurbishment team reuses, recycles, repurposes

Aluminium and copper pipes are assembled for recycling

The redevelopment project team continues to apply the “reuse, recycle and repurpose” phase to Stage 2 of the Westmead Hospital refurbishment program.

Health Infrastructure project director Tim Shoolman said during all phases of the Westmead Hospital refurbishment program, the construction team took care to sort through materials to see what could be recycled rather than sent to landfill.

“Before demolition, the team carefully assessed what can be safely reused, recycled or repurposed,” Tim said.

Many items were relocated to other areas of Westmead Hospital including desks, chairs and shelving before the demolition process started.

“The demolition crew of up to 20 people has just finished preparing two sites – the expanded intensive care unit and aged care unit, including a new behavioural management unit,” Tim said.

“One of many construction waste items being recycled is 3.2 tonnes of aluminium and copper pipes from the hydraulic and fire protection systems. The pipes have been carefully removed and placed in bins that will be collected by recycling contractors.”

In addition to copper, 801.6 tonnes of bricks has been sent to recycling suppliers.

The refurbishment program is transforming more than 30 per cent of clinical areas inside Westmead Hospital, between 2017 and 2022. The program is currently in Stage 2, which is expected to be complete in 2020.

Related information

Read more about refurbishments.

Download the Stage 2 refurbishment summary fact sheet.

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