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Builder Appointed for nWCH

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nWCH News
Posted 18 Feb. 2022

The $1.95 billion new Women’s and Children’s Hospital Project has reached its next major milestone, with the appointment of Lendlease as the project’s managing contractor.

CEO of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Lindsey Gough, said the nWCH is a large-scale construction project featuring additional treatment spaces, beds, theatres, neonatal cots, recovery bays, as well as more outpatient spaces and a bigger Emergency Department, and now having Lendlease sign on as the main builder is an exciting next step.

“Our hospital has a proud heritage of delivering world-class treatment to the South Australian community and we are now moving closer to creating a hospital that matches the care offered by our dedicated doctors and nurses,” Ms Gough said.

“We will continue to work with our doctors, nurses, staff and consumers during all phases of the project to ensure we build a new hospital that is tailored to our unique needs.”

nWCH Project Director, Brendan Hewitt, said Lendlease has extensive experience in healthcare infrastructure.

“Lendlease has developed a strong reputation for its expertise in delivering successful major health infrastructure projects, including the construction of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Queensland Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne,” Mr Hewitt said.

The building contract involves a two-stage approach. Stage one will see us working with Lendlease to finalise the design of the nWCH, and provide construction planning services and building advice.

Stage two will include the commencement of early works on site involving car park, bridge and road construction, and the construction of our new hospital, next to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Lendlease Managing Director for Building, David Paterson, said they are thrilled to be working in partnership with the State Government to deliver this vital project for Adelaide and the broader South Australian community.

“In addition to over 75 years of delivering projects in the state, Lendlease has a significant track record in the delivery of health infrastructure throughout Australia,” Mr Paterson said.

“We will utilise this expertise in the Australian health care sector, as well as our international experience, to deliver a world class facility that will provide the most advanced hospital care, technology and medical research for the people of South Australia.”

Over the life of the build, the nWCH Project will support between 3,000-3,500 jobs.

Civil construction contractor, McMahon Services Australia Pty Ltd, has also been engaged to carry out enabling works to build a new stormwater bio-retention basin.

The new basin will replace the existing RAH stormwater basin and wetlands to serve the nWCH, RAH, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the Australian Bragg Centre.

Main construction works on the nWCH site will begin later this year, following the completion of initial enabling works on the nWCH site.

Top Image L-R: Scott Penhall (nWCH Project), John Jenner (nWCH Project), George Tsingos (Lendlease), Ben Symons (Lendlease), and Ben Seidel (DIT)