23/12/2010 - 15:49

John Holland, Pindan win govt. contracts

23/12/2010 - 15:49

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Construction companies John Holland and Pindan have won major contracts to build new hospital facilities at Albany and Kalgoorlie respectively.

John Holland, Pindan win govt. contracts

Construction companies John Holland and Pindan have won major contracts to build new hospital facilities at Albany and Kalgoorlie respectively.

John Holland has formally been appointed builder of the $170million Albany Health Campus, which is due to commence early next year.

This comes six months after it was awarded the Stage One early contractor involvement (ECI) to develop the design to where a firm price for construction could be offered.

Pindan will undertake the most extensive phase of the $55.8million redevelopment of the Kalgoorlie Health Campus.

It has been awarded a tender for the demolition of an old building and construction of a new block on the front of the site.

 

Health Minister Kim Hames' statements are pasted below:

Health Minister Kim Hames today announced the State Government had signed a contract with John Holland for the biggest country hospital development ever undertaken in Western Australia.

"John Holland has worked closely with the State's project team, health service user groups and other key stakeholders to finalise the first stage of design," Dr Hames said.

"I am delighted we are on target to start construction early in 2011 and are scheduled to be operational early in 2013.

"When completed, the new health campus will be the regional resource centre for health services in the Great Southern and serve more than 50,000 people.

"The new Albany Health Campus will feature an improved and expanded range of services including a bigger emergency department, more mental health beds, expanded renal dialysis capability, expanded cancer services, a new surgical centre and upgraded obstetric and birthing suites.

"John Holland was awarded the Stage One early contractor involvement (ECI) in July to develop the design to where a firm price for construction could be offered.

"The Government has accepted that offer. Detailed designing and early site works will begin in January."

The Minister said that during construction, every effort would be made to minimise disruptions to patients, staff, visitors and people living in the vicinity of the hospital.

"About 70 staff were relocated to allow the demolition of some buildings and early site works to start," he said.

"The community mental health team has already moved into temporary accommodation on the eastern side of the campus and the child development team has moved to leased accommodation in Collie Street in the centre of Albany."

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The new Kalgoorlie Health Campus came a step closer today with the awarding of the tender for the next phase of its $55.8million redevelopment.

Health Minister Kim Hames has announced that Pindan Pty Ltd will undertake the most extensive phase of the redevelopment which will start early next year.

"It will involve the demolition of an old building and construction of a new block on the front of the site," Dr Hames said.

"A new front entrance and foyer for the hospital will be created which will lead to the new emergency and medical imaging departments.

"The Emergency Department's capacity will increase from 11 to 16 treatment bays, including resuscitation bays for patients requiring the highest level of care, and isolation and single treatment rooms.

"A fast-track facility is also included and will operate in the busiest times to reduce waiting times for patients.

"A new four-bed observation ward and a six-bed special care unit will be co-located with the Emergency Department, which will be completed in late 2012 to give the most seriously ill patients the best continuity of care."

The Minister said phase two of the upgrade would add to infrastructure upgrades built as part of earlier work and the Palliative Care Unit, which was opened earlier this month.

The $55.8million Stage One Redevelopment of Kalgoorlie Health Campus includes $15.8million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions fund. The project is scheduled for completion late in 2013.

 

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