Health Minister Kim Hames today announced that expressions of interest (EOI) had been initiated for the first phase of design and construction of the Albany Health Campus.
The move advances the Government’s 2008 election commitment to provide an additional $48.5million for construction of the new $135million hospital by 2012 on land adjacent to the existing Albany Hospital.
Dr Hames said the EOIs for the purpose-built health campus, which would be delivered under an Early Contractor Involvement model, had been advertised today (Wednesday).
“I’m very pleased progress of the new Albany Health Campus is right on schedule. We have a ‘fast-track’ team in place which has ensured we are on time to meet this important election commitment,” he said.
The model includes two phases. The first will review the current master plan and prepare to design and construct the hospital. The second phase, due to go out to tender late this year, will be for detailed design and construction of the hospital.
“Our actions show that we are going to deliver this project and make real progress - not just empty promises like the previous Labor government,” he said.
The Minister said the Department of Treasury and Finance expected to appoint a preferred proponent by mid-2010.
Construction of the Albany Health Campus was due to commence in early 2011. Completion is targeted for late 2012 and the facility is expected to be ready for operation as promised in 2013.
The private sector has already indicated strong interest in providing health services at the campus through a separate EOI process held last year.
The EOI invitation follows the State Government’s $3million commitment towards new sciences buildings, including a Rural Clinical School at the Albany campus of The University of Western Australia.
The new Albany Health Campus will be built while the existing Albany Hospital remains open, so the contractor will also be required to work with the State to ensure any disruptions are minimised.
Dr Hames said staff and the Albany Health Campus community reference group had been informed about the EOI process and would continue to be kept up-to-date.
The new facility would feature an improved and expanded range of services that include a larger emergency department, more mental health beds, expanded renal dialysis capability, expanded cancer services, a new surgical centre and new obstetric and birthing suites.
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