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Hospital opportunity

27/02/2007 - 22:00

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An expression of interest campaign has been launched by the state government for the landmark $1.1 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital at Murdoch, with submissions to be accepted until March 16.

Hospital opportunity

An expression of interest campaign has been launched by the state government for the landmark $1.1 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital at Murdoch, with submissions to be accepted until March 16.

Almost 70 architectural, engineering, building and health industry representatives were given a two-hour briefing last week by Department of Health officials and the Office of the Government Architect.

Department of Health director general Neale Fong said the briefing laid out the challenge to help shape a hospital that would set new benchmarks and work effectively in a rapidly developing health system.

“This hospital is a once-in-a-lifetime landmark project that will demonstrate excellence in architecture and sustainability,” Dr Fong said.

Office of the government architect representative Melinda Payne detailed the design objectives for the new hospital and provided examples of world’s best practice in health planning and design.

The hospital is being developed as part of a mixed-use precinct alongside the private St John of God Hospital, Murdoch University and Challenger TAFE, close to the new southern suburbs rail line.

When complete, the 643-bed hospital will comprise a major 24-hour emergency department, a state-of-the-art medical research facility, cardiothoracic services, renal transplantation and dialysis, paediatrics, radiology services and a clinical research centre.

The complex will also feature Western Australia’s first comprehensive cancer service south of the river, incorporating radiotherapy treatment facilities, medical oncology and haematology and the state centre for major trauma, burns, and heart and lung transplants.

Royal Australian Institute of Architects WA president Ian Dewar said there were plenty of specialist firms in the state that were more than capable of taking on the project and he hoped that a WA firm, or a consortium of WA firms, would be appointed to the project.

“We don’t think that projects of this size necessarily demand an architect from interstate of overseas. The design should be truly expressive of WA and needs an architect who is innovative and intuitively connected with this state,” Mr Dewar told WA Business News.

Construction is due to start in late 2008, with completion scheduled for 2012.

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