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Information for the community – Updated 23 May 2022
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nWCH Enabling Works Continue

New WCH works – 18 January 2022
nWCH News
Posted 18 Jan. 2022

The nWCH Project continues to progress with important enabling works occurring on the nWCH site, adjacent to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

These works involve careful excavation and potholing to identify the locations of underground infrastructure, and will determine the best location for piles and footings, as well as stormwater services.

The works will provide a new stormwater retention basin, replacing 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.

The construction of a stormwater retention basin is a reflection of the project’s commitment to environmentally sustainable design.

The nWCH will be designed to capture all available rainwater that falls on it, maximising the re-use of rainwater through landscaping, toilet flushing and select plant functions such as the cooling tower.

A series of enabling and supporting works will occur over the coming months to ensure the existing services at the RAH will not be disturbed, and to prepare the site for the construction of our new, state-of-the-art hospital.

Main construction works on the nWCH will begin later this year, following the completion of the new bioretention basin.

The project has now been granted authorisation by the Premier to develop the site under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA), acknowledging the loss of Aboriginal heritage that will be sustained by its Traditional Owners.

The Premier has expressed his gratitude for Traditional Owner support for the new hospital, given the benefits the development will bring for women, children and their families in South Australia.

Throughout all stages of development, each worker will undergo legislative awareness and heritage identification training, and will be required to comply with the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation’s Aboriginal Heritage Discovery Protocols.

Work is also progressing on the Concept Design, with the design team considering the extensive feedback provided on the preliminary nWCH ‘Block and Stack’ plans. When the Block and Stack plans and overall Concept Design are finalised, the project will move onto the Schematic Design stage.

The input of clinicians, staff, consumers and the community in shaping our new hospital is extremely valuable. We will continue to listen and work closely with our clinicians, staff and consumers during the next phase of the project to ensure we deliver the best possible services to our patients and their families.

The State Government has also invested an additional $30.3 million to upgrade the existing Women’s and Children’s Hospital, so that we can continue to provide the highest quality of care and safe services to our patients and their families while planning and site works continue for the nWCH.