Multiplex to deliver new Maitland Hospital in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 17 Sep 2018 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Australian construction company Multiplex has been appointed by Health Infrastructure to deliver the new AUD470m ($336m) Maitland Hospital in the Lower Hunter Valley region of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW).

Located on a greenfield site in Metford, the new Maitland Hospital will offer modern facilities for local residents and the region.

The new hospital will provide adult and paediatric services, including emergency, paediatric, maternity, chemotherapy and operating suites.

According to Multiplex regional managing director David Ghannoum, this will be the sixth hospital that the company has delivered for the NSW Government in recent years.

He said: “We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Health Infrastructure as delivery partner for the New Maitland Hospital.

“This is a fantastic piece of infrastructure for the Hunter region and we are looking forward to playing an active role in the community, both in the delivery of the hospital and beyond.”

Main works will commence in early 2019 and the hospital is expected to be opened in 2022.

Multiplex’s recent projects in the health sector in NSW include the AUD900m ($644m) Westmead Redevelopment, the St George Hospital Redevelopment in Kogarah, the South East Regional Hospital in Bega and the Byron Central Hospital.

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

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

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 necessary.

The 13,000m² 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.

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

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Image: Multiplex to deliver new Maitland Hospital in Australia. Photo: Courtesy of Multiplex.

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