Expanding health in the Far North

The $454.6 million redevelopment of the Cairns Hospital will expand the range and capacity of facilities to improve delivery of health services to the Cairns and Hinterland Health Service district in Far North Queensland and to the broader catchment areas of Cape York and Torres Strait.

The redevelopment is being carried out in two stages. Stage one involves the construction of the new Block D, due for completion in October 2013, and doubling the size of the existing Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The ICU, together with the special care nursery and birthing suites were completed in March 2013.

The second stage involves the refurbishment of existing hospital buildings and expansion of the Mental Health Unit and is due to be completed by March 2015.

Stage one, valued at $245 million, is being managed by the engineering and construction company, Abigroup. Cairns based firm, HPS Queensland were interested in this project and approached ICN.

HPS Queensland, provide contract services to projects for a diverse range of services including plumbing, hydraulics, roofing, construction and project management, sheetmetal, joinery, glazing and high point safety and lifting.

ICN in Queensland worked with HPS Queensland to create a company profile on ICN Gateway. ICN visited HPS Queensland at their head office to gain an understanding of the company’s capability and capacity to gain an understanding of their suitability to work on the project. With this understanding of the company’s capabilities, ICN recommended to Abigroup that HPS Queensland be added to the tender list for the Cairns Hospital redevelopment.

HPS Queensland was successful in the tender and were awarded roofing and plumbing hydraulic packages worth just over $8.2 million. Under the contract, HPS Queensland will supply fire services, hot and cold water, sanitary drainage and install metal roofing and all accessories.

HPS Director, Bruce McDonald said they were ecstatic to win the work on the Cairns Hospital redevelopment as it is currently the only major project they have on their books. ‘While not the largest project we have worked on, it is a significant contract as it means HPS have the ability to continue employment for local residents’.

The redeveloped hospital will provide an additional 168 beds (overnight and same day beds) by 2015, bringing the total to 531 beds.

It will also provide improved health services including an ambulatory cancer care centre with a new radiation oncology service, additional cardiac care facilities, additional surgical capacity including day surgery, expanded intensive care capacity, expanded birthing services, special care babies unit and a new low-risk birth centre, additional aged care and rehabilitation services, additional beds for mental health services and new pathology facilities.

Construction commenced late 2008 and completion is due late 2015.

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