The ACT Government has taken another step towards delivering the Canberra Hospital expansion, partnering with experienced contractor Multiplex to design and build Canberra’s new emergency, surgical and critical healthcare building.
The appointment of Multiplex marks a significant milestone for the Canberra Hospital expansion. Multiplex is a global construction company that has delivered some of Australia’s largest and most complex health infrastructure projects.
The Canberra Hospital expansion will increase capacity across adult intensive care, paediatric intensive care, surgical, coronary care and the new emergency department.
It will also stimulate economic activity for the region, creating about 500 local jobs during construction and helping to keep the construction pipeline flowing as Canberra recovers from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.
This expansion will be a significant contributor to Canberra’s recovery plan, creating and protecting more jobs at a time when our city need it most. It is part of our $14 billion infrastructure plan that will stimulate our economy and provide the services our growing city will need in the decades ahead.
Multiplex will be working closely with the ACT Government and established clinician, consumer and community reference groups to design a state-of-the-art facility that features technologically advanced equipment, modern operating theatres and the latest in imaging technology.
The Canberra Hospital expansion will improve the health experience of patients and provide a modern and attractive working environment for healthcare workers.
In a first for the ACT, the new facility will be an all-electric building, helping to minimise the carbon footprint of the hospital, improving the hospital’s green star rating and supporting the ACT’s target of net zero emissions.
Earlier this year, the ACT Government updated the new building’s design to include an enclosed walkway between the new acute facility and the current building 2, responding to feedback from stakeholders in the early design process. The plan Multiplex has put forward for this connection has taken it a step further, delivering a truly integrated solution and an even better outcome for consumers, carers and staff.
All members of the public will have another opportunity to have their say when Development Application for the proposed facility is lodged early next year.