ANOTHER STEP FORWARD FOR INVERELL HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT

Monday, 5 September 2016

Lead design team & architects appointed

THE lead design team has been appointed by NSW Health Infrastructure to continue and finalise planning of the $30 million Inverell District Hospital redevelopment, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.

The design team includes project managers APP Corporation, cost planners Wilde and Woollard and architects Conrad Gargett Architects.

Mr Marshall said this was an important milestone in the next phase of planning for the project.

“Following the allocation of $1 million in the recent State Budget, Hunter New England Health (HNEH) and NSW Health Infrastructure capital works teams have been working quickly to commence the redevelopment business case process, which I’m told will be completed by the end of the year,” Mr Marshall said.

“The lead design team will draw on the Clinical Services Plan and the recently conceptual work and bring the redevelopment to life with detailed final architectural plans, costings and walk throughs for the community to see.”

Mr Marshall said the Hunter New England Health and Health Infrastructure planning teams have worked in partnership over the last few months with local doctors, nurses and allied health staff to complete the functional design brief and concept design planning phases.

“These two elements have identified contemporary health care needs across a new facility and where departments need to be located to enable co-ordinated healthcare delivery,” Mr Marshall said.

The state MP said the project was following the same process as the $60 million Armidale Hospital redevelopment, which would soon see the main construction get underway.

“This is another incredibly exciting step for the Inverell community, which can now be assured of seeing tangible progress in the next 12 months with further community consultation, detailed design plans developed and virtual walkthroughs of the redevelopment,” Mr Marshall said.

“By early next year, we will fully understand what is involved in the redevelopment of Inverell Hospital and will be in a strong position to secure for funding to begin construction.”

Mr Marshall said the redevelopment would focus on integrated delivery of all local health services in the community.

The Inverell Hospital redevelopment will include a new inpatient unit and emergency department, contemporary maternity services and family-centred models of care. Improved treatment facilities and renal dialysis, ambulatory care and outpatient spaces will also be included.

“I’ll continue to work closely with Hunter New England Health and NSW Health Infrastructure update the Inverell community with further details on as this important project progresses,” Mr Marshall said.

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