Construction of the $170million Albany Health Campus is on target to start early next year with the appointment of John Holland Pty Ltd as the builder.
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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