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Major hospital tenders to be called in October

TWO of the largest hospital redevelopment projects to occur in Western Australia will go out to tender in October.

The combined project value of the St John of God Healthcare Subiaco and the St John of God Murdoch extensions and redevelopments are worth more than $100 million.

Tenders for the projects will go out separately and it is understood that the developers considered to have the experience and resources to manage such complex projects include Multiplex, John Holland, Broad Construction and Pindan Property Group.

Worth $78.8 million the St John of God Healthcare Subiaco upgrade will include a four-level car park that will create a total of 640 parking bays, an ambulatory care centre, a cancer service centre, five new operating theatres, a new chapel and a total refurbishment of the existing hospital.

The St John of God Murdoch project, which is worth $25 million, includes an expansion of the emergency department, additional wards and operating rooms.

St John of God has appointed Clifton Coney Stevens as project managers and Silver Thomas Hanley as architects of both projects.  Ralph Beattie Bosworth has been appointed quantity surveyor. 

Schematic designs for the projects have been completed and the projects are now in design development.

It is anticipated that the Subiaco project will go before the City of Cambridge in early July for development approval. 

Project manager Alastair Reid said there had been several pre-development approval meetings with the City of Cambridge and there did not appear to be many design issues.

Mr Reid said the main issue was ensuring that the project was progressed in a timely fashion so that the project could be rolled out in accordance with the St John of God business plan. He said management plans would be a critical consideration when pre-qualifying builders in the tender process as the work was being conducted in and around a functioning hospital.

“We will be looking at safety, communication and traffic control,” Mr Reid said. “You have got to have confirmed designated areas that are no-go for the public and no-go for the contractors.”

Mr Reid said the building contractor would be selected in about November with construction occurring early next year, to be completed in 2007.

St John of God hospital redevelopment director Glen Flanagan said he did not expect to encounter difficulties in obtaining council development approval. 

He said that to avoid complaints from local residents the multi-storey car park facility had been designed to look like another building so that it fitted into the amenity of the area.

The Department of Health will also examine the plans to ensure its clinical service guidelines.

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