Person getting diagnostic imaging.

By starting these preparation works now, it’s expected the site will be ready for construction to begin on the main facility in 2021.

24 February 2020

Preparation work has begun at the Canberra Hospital for a new state-of-the-art emergency, surgical and critical healthcare facility, as part of the SPIRE Project.

Once complete, this significant facility will feature 22 operating theatres, 55 day surgery beds, 60 ICU beds and an extra 39 emergency department treatment spaces.

During the estimated three-year construction period, existing facilities will be improved to ensure that Canberrans continue to receive quality healthcare.

Related works will include:

  • Installation of two new buildings to accommodate relocated existing services;
  • Demolition of two end-of-life buildings currently on the SPIRE Project site;
  • Refurbishment of space in Building 3 for the relocation of the Child at Risk Health Unit;
  • Reconfiguration of the library to allow for ANU teaching and training facilities; and
  • Ground preparation works on the SPIRE Project site.

By starting these preparation works now, it’s expected the site will be ready for construction to begin on the main facility in 2021.

Expressions of interest for the ACT Government’s design and construction partner recently closed, with submissions received from major national construction companies.

Shortlisted companies will be invited to submit detailed proposals to build the new facility. The design and construction partner will be selected later this year.

The SPIRE Project is being procured under a collaborative contracting arrangement, known as an Early Contractor Involvement model. This model allows for flexibility throughout the design and construction phases and allows both parties to tailor designs to accommodate a variety of needs as the project progresses.

Stay up to date at act.gov.au/majorprojectscanberra

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