Multiplex completes $154m Karratha Health Campus in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 16 Jul 2018 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Multiplex has completed the AUD207m ($154m) Karratha Health Campus project in the Pilbara region in Western Australia.

The new health campus will have double the number of emergency department bays; a new surgical centre; new maternity wing and delivery suites; a helipad; and expanded outpatient facilities.

During the construction, Multiplex has awarded contracts valued at $120m to Western Australian companies to help deliver the project.

More than 1,500 people were employed for the project over the two-year period.

Multiplex and the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) took measures to ensure that the campus can withstand Pilbara’s extreme weather conditions, including severe cyclones.

As Karratha is located 1,500km from Perth and hours from neighbouring communities, a helipad was also necessary.

At more than 13,000m², the Karratha Health Campus is almost double the size of the Nickol Bay Hospital and comprises 40 beds and more than 22,000 pieces of equipment, furniture and fittings.

The company used tilt-up concrete panels, a durable, low maintenance construction method. Over 360 panels were constructed onsite and the heaviest panel weighed 32 tonnes.

Multiplex has transplanted four mature frangipanis from Nickol Bay Hospital to the internal courtyards of the Karratha Health Campus. The plants were dug up, lifted by crane onto a truck and transported to site.

The WA State Government had appointed Multiplex in 2015 to design and construct the Karratha Health Campus, which will be operated by WACHS.

Multiplex regional managing director Chris Palandri said: “The new Karratha Health Campus is an outstanding facility that marks the biggest investment ever undertaken in a public hospital in regional WA.

“The new facility has replaced the aging Nickol Bay Hospital and will provide a warm and welcoming environment for patients.

“The location of the health campus in the town centre also provides excellent access for local residents and will create an important hub for the local community.”

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Image: An artist’s impression of the new Karratha Health Campus. Photo: courtesy of Department of Health, Government of Western Australia.

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