The $35 million redevelopment of the Griffith Base Hospital (GBH) is progressing, Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) said on Thursday.
Work on the GBH redevelopment continues on-site, MLHD Acting Chief Executive Brett Thompson said.
“The redevelopment Project Team are currently undertaking site due diligence activities including surveys, geotechnical investigation, building audits and service infrastructure investigations,” Mr Thompson said.
Additionally, the lead consultant team for the $35 million Griffith Hospital Redevelopment has recently been appointed. Contracts have been awarded to:
- CBRE, Project Manager
- MBM, Cost Manager
- DJRD, Architect
A breakfast meeting took place on Wednesday 6 December to discuss the progress to-date.
The meeting heard the Clinical Services Plan (CSP) which will provide for the future health needs of the community, will be placed on the MLHD website before the end of the year and will stay online for community comment until the end of February.
Following the finalisation of the Clinical Services Plan, the Project Team will begin preparing a site masterplan and concept plans. Site establishment will commence in the coming weeks for enabling and early works and will be carried out by Lipman Pty Ltd, who have been awarded the contract for the early construction works.
Early and enabling works will continue into 2018 and will include:
- Increasing the capacity of ambulatory care clinics and treatment spaces including renal dialysis and oncology through provision of medium term temporary solutions while master planning occurs
- Demolition of unused and redundant buildings to prepare the site for future stages
- Improving access and onsite parking.
- The Project Team is considering demolition of the disused Nurses Accommodation.
The Project Team is considering demolition of the disused Nurses Accommodation building, as part of the early site works.
This building is beyond its useful life and does not provide any clinical or support functions for the hospital. Reuse for non-hospital uses would be difficult given its location on the site is close to other clinical buildings.
Demolition will provide vacant land for consideration in the master planning and provide much needed future decanting space.
Fences will be erected in the coming weeks to undertake internal strip out works and subject to the receiving the required approvals, demolition works will continue next year. The building will be photographed prior to demolition taking place.
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