NSW's $60m Inverell Hospital redevelopment begins construction

Monica Gameng   |   August 2, 2018

Construction is finally underway on the $60 million Inverell Hospital redevelopment project at Hunter New England in New South Wales, with the first sod already turned to signal the beginning of works on Stage 1 of the development.

“This is so exciting for the community to actually start the construction.

“It has been at times a tough battle, but gosh it’s been worth it to get to this point,” Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said.

In July of this year, Richard Crookes Constructions was awarded the contract to deliver Stage 1 of the project - which is worth $30 million.

Mr Marshall said on a previous statement: “I’m absolutely delighted that this company has won the contract, because they have a very strong track record of delivering health projects in country NSW and in this region.”

The upgraded Inverell Hospital will feature:

  • Emergency Department including emergency care for children and mental health-related presentations and victims of sexual assault
  • Inpatient Unit including Paediatric facilities, Maternity and birthing facilities, General adult services - including palliative care
  • Medical imaging department which will include an identified future expansion zone
  • Two new Operating Theatres
  • New Central Sterilising Unit
  • New Day Surgery Unit (increased from one to six spaces)
  • Increased capacity for renal dialysis from two to eight chairs
  • New main entry and admissions area
  • Mortuary
  • New GP and dental clinics
  • New staff accommodation
  • Allied and community health facilities including aged care resources, physiotherapy, oncology and disability services
  • Parking and landscaping

“The building will be fantastic because we’ll be able to provide services within a contemporary environment.

“That’s great for the patients, it’s great for our staff. It means more efficiencies. It means that what we provide here will be in a purpose built facility,” Hunter New England Health Rural and Regional Health Services executive director Susan Heyman said.

Heavy equipment have already been deployed to the project site to begin rock drilling and earthworks.

Demolition works on the existing hospital will commence in the coming weeks. A temporary entrance road from Moore Street is also going to be built which will allow workers to change the site fencing while, at the same time, maintaining hospital access for staff and patients.

“Demolition should be done by the end of the month, and then we’re into the bulk excavation side of things,” Richard Crookes Constructions senior project manager Jason Gollan said.

Tenders for Stage 2 of the Inverell Hospital redevelopment is expected to go out publicly by Christmas time this year.

Stay up to date with the latest industry news and project updates by subscribing to Felix Project News today.

Source: The Inverell Times (1, 2, 3); NSW Government

Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
Follow me:

Related Articles

NSW Ballina Byron Gateway Airport to receive $6.9m upgrade

Construction is set to commence this month on the $6.9 million Ballina Byron Gateway Airport expansion and upgrade project in New South Wales, with Woollam Constructions winning the contract to deliver the project.

Construction on new $163m Melbourne Airport hotel now underway

Construction is now underway on a new $163 million dual-branded hotel at Melbourne Airport which is set to provide more accommodation options to the growing number of travellers in and around the airport.

Multiplex delivers main works on new $470m Maitland Hospital NSW

A new Maitland Hospital is set to open in New South Wales in 2022 with construction commencing on December 2019. Multiplex Constructions was also awarded the contract to deliver main works for the $470 million project.

Get the latest project news

Formerly known as the PlantMiner blog, Felix Project News is Australia's top 10 Construction blog.

Join thousands of construction and mining pros getting the best content right in their inbox.

✓ updates on Australia's pipeline of state and federal projects

✓ fresh contract awards from major contractors and builders