Multiplex has been appointed by the ACT Government to deliver the new emergency, surgical and critical healthcare building as the centrepiece of the Canberra Hospital Expansion.
Located at Yamba Drive in Garran, the hospital expansion is the largest healthcare infrastructure project ever undertaken by the ACT Government. It will deliver a purpose-built and state-of-the-art emergency, surgical and critical healthcare facility on the Canberra Hospital campus to meet the healthcare needs of the growing community in the region.
The project will deliver increased capacity across Canberra Hospital’s adult intensive care, paediatric intensive care, surgical, coronary care and emergency services.
Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith says that the appointment of Multiplex as the territory’s delivery partner marks a significant milestone for the project, which would see works to expand Canberra Hospital’s emergency and critical care capacity starting next year. "I am pleased that the ACT Government will be partnering with Multiplex to deliver a state-of-the-art emergency and critical healthcare building for all Canberrans, growing our healthcare capacity and creating about 500 local jobs during construction," she says.
"Multiplex is a global construction company that has delivered some of Australia’s largest and most complex health infrastructure projects. We are pleased to be partnering with Multiplex to deliver our city’s largest health infrastructure expansion since self-government.
"Building a new, bigger emergency facility will ensure that we are well-equipped to respond to the needs of our growing Canberra community, with the project set to
provide more operating rooms, more treatment spaces and more intensive care beds, as well as more doctors, nurses and clinical staff," say Stephen-Smith.
David Ghannoum, Multiplex regional managing director, says Multiplex is proud to be delivering this important community infrastructure and its experienced team is eager to make a start.
"Our team is ready to deliver a world-class hospital facility for Canberra that responds to the needs of an ever-changing world. Having delivered the University of Canberra Hospital in 2017," he says. "We are looking forward to reconnecting with the community and will be implementing specific initiatives to support local employment, safety training and the environment."
The ACT Government has been preparing the hospital campus to pave the way for works on the new emergency facility to start in 2021. As part of the project’s enabling works, the ACT Government has already delivered a new administration building and is progressing new teaching and research facilities, a new Child at Risk Health Unit, new library facilities and a new temporary staff car park.
Following community feedback, the ACT Government and Multiplex have committed to building an undercover walkway between the new acute facility and the current building two, demonstrating the commitment of all parties to continue working closely with clinicians, consumers and the local community in the design process for the new facility.
All members of the public will have another opportunity to have their say when the Development Application for the proposed facility is lodged early next year.