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nWCH Project hits ground-breaking landmark

Drilling works

Drilling will take place on the western end of the Biomedical precinct, the site identified for the new hospital

Drilling will take place on the western end of the Bbiomedical precinct, the site identified for the new hospital, co-locating our new facility with the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and within the world-class Adelaide BioMed City.

The groundworks will involve sampling soil structure and groundwater quality to help inform engineering as part of the master planning for our new hospital.

Samples will be extracted from a number of locations using a large drill rig to bore 100mm holes up to 50 metres down into the earth.

The sampling activity is standard practice for this type of project and is very similar to the work undertaken for the Royal Adelaide Hospital development.

We are aware of historical contamination near the site owing to the former rail yards and the soil and ground water samples will be used to assess the any levels of contamination in the area.

The team will install new groundwater monitoring wells so that contamination can be tracked over the life of the project, and will take samples from a number of the wells installed during the Royal Adelaide Hospital construction.