The Concord Hospital Redevelopment has reached an important milestone, with construction of the eight-storey clinical services building reaching its highest point.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti visited the site along with Sydney Local Health District and Health Infrastructure project executives for a traditional topping out ceremony with a tree placed on the top level of the new clinical services building.
The $341 million redevelopment project has been progressing rapidly since main works construction began in 2019, the new building set to transform healthcare in the inner west.
Mr Hazzard said the Clinical Services Building will have more than 200 inpatient beds, an increase of more than 100 from previously.
"The NSW Government's $341 million commitment to Concord Hospital has created more than 700 construction jobs to build this modern, state-of-the-art facility," Mr Hazzard said.
"Not only does it house the nation's first dedicated veterans' health service, a comprehensive cancer centre and an aged care centre, over two-thirds of the new inpatient beds in the new Clinical Services Building are in single rooms with daybeds for carers."
Views from the top of the new building looking across the campus signify the hospital's transformation and the coming together of the old and the new.
"This is a real partnership – a partnership with our local community, our patients and their families, our staff, Health Infrastructure and Roberts Pizzarotti. It is incredible the amount of work that has occurred here," said the District's Chief Executive, Dr Teresa Anderson.
"This redevelopment gives us world-class facilities to go with our world-class clinical care and we are really appreciative to everyone that has been involved. It has been a mega project."
"What you will see in a year's time is a really remarkable building on one of the most beautiful sites in the state."
Roberts Pizzarotti’s CEO, Alison Mirams joined the party in inspecting thw new Jacobs Architecture-designed Clinical Services Building which will deliver more than 40,000sqm of space to house over 200 inpatient beds, providing an increase of more than 100 beds across the campus.
Ms Mirams said that as the principal construction works contractor for Health Infrastructure it was a pleasure to be involved in a project that will provide such a valuable contribution to the inner west community.
“The building will accommodate Australia’s first dedicated veterans’ health service, a cancer centre and an aged care centre, with over two-thirds of the new inpatient beds in the new Clinical Services Buildings’ single rooms including daybeds for carers.
“It’s extremely rewarding to know our team working on this site will have played such a vital role in the future ongoing care of those most in need.”
Health Infrastructure Chief Executive Rebecca Wark said partnerships and collaboration have been essential to the success of the project’s progress.
“Collaboration is key to everything we do in NSW Health. This significant project has involved a partnership between Health Infrastructure, Sydney Local Health District and Roberts Pizzarotti,” said Ms Wark.
One year on from opening a pilot service, the National Centre for Veterans' Healthcare will be located in the new clinical building once completed, continuing Concord's proud legacy of caring for veterans.
"Concord Hospital has played a leading role in caring for Australia's veterans and their families for almost 80 years and the National Centre for Veterans' Healthcare marks a new chapter in this relationship," Concord Hospital's General Manager, Dr Genevieve Wallace said.
"We eagerly look toward the completion of the first stage of the redevelopment next year."
Construction of a new $32.4 million multistorey car park will begin following completion of the clinical services building, expected in late 2021.