Client commissioned for new women’s and children’s clinic

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Health and Wellbeing Secretary Stephen Wade said Marshall’s Liberal government is committed to this new state-of-the-art hospital to better support the health and wellbeing of South Australian women, children and their families.

“The appointment of Lendlease as lead contractor for the construction of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital is another significant milestone in the handover of our new facility,” said Minister Wade.

“The nWCH will be significantly larger than the current hospital, with 59 additional treatment places, which will allow for approximately 3,400 additional inpatient admissions and 18,000 additional emergency admissions per year.

“We started the nWCH project with a blank page so it is now exciting to have a contractor for this massive health development that will support between 3,000 and 3,500 jobs throughout construction, a much appreciated boost for ours and ours economy local business.”

Lindsey Gough, CEO of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, said the nWCH is a large-scale development project with additional treatment rooms, beds, theaters, neonatal beds, recovery rooms, as well as more outpatient rooms and a larger emergency room, and now having Lendlease as the lead creator is an exciting one Next Step.

“Our hospital has a proud tradition of providing first class care to the South Australian community and we are now moving towards creating a hospital that matches the care provided by our dedicated doctors and nurses,” said Ms Gough.

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

nWCH project leader Brendan Hewitt said Lendlease has extensive experience in healthcare infrastructure.

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

“The construction contract provides for a two-stage process. In phase one, we will work with Lendlease to advance and finalize the design of the nWCH with clinicians, consumers and the community, and to provide building design services and construction advice.

“The second phase involves the commencement of initial works on site, including bridge and road construction, and the construction of our new hospital adjacent to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.”

Lendlease Chief Executive for Buildings David Paterson said they were excited to work in partnership with the State Government to deliver this important project for Adelaide and the broader South Australian community.

“In addition to over 75 years of experience delivering projects across the state, Lendlease has an impressive track record of delivering healthcare infrastructure across Australia,” said Mr. Paterson.

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

Major construction work on the nWCH site will begin later this year after initial construction work on the nWCH site is complete.

For more information on the nWCH project, visit newwch.sa.gov.au

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