Reinforcing capability through ICN Gateway
Queensland Health committed $108 million to upgrade and expand the Logan Hospital. This project will see a new multi-storey building adjacent to the existing hospital as part of Queensland Health’s plan to increase capacity and services at one of the busiest public hospitals in South East Queensland.
 
In 2010 ICN in Queensland, worked with Queensland Health in the planning work to support and identify local companies to work on the Logan Hospital expansion.
 
In 2012, Australian company, Thiess Contractors, won the contract for the expansion, which includes a new emergency department,
34-bed paediatric ward and a 24-bed rehabilitation ward with associated day therapy and a gym. The existing emergency department will be remodelled into a new 23-hour ward with an elective surgery area including two procedure rooms.
 
ICN worked with Thiess in identifying local suppliers and has supported them with business matching activities for over 20 work packages, through ICN Gateway.
 
ICN Gateway is a tool that provides projects an avenue to promote work packages and for suppliers to register their interest against them. So far Thiess has made use of ICN Gateway to advertise 40 packages to date with 29 of these, valued at $44.5 million, been awarded. Thiess plans to advertise at least 20 more additional work packages for the project on ICN Gateway.
 
Suppliers like Structural Systems had a profile on ICN Gateway, which helped them secure the $810,000 contract for post-tensioning for the Logan Hospital expansion after it was selected from the ICN Gateway database. Post-tensioning is a method of reinforcing concrete or other materials with high-strength steel strands thus enabling structures to have large open plan, column free floor spaces. This reduces the amount of conventional reinforcement and concrete required.
 
Justin Hampton, Structural Systems Queensland Manager, welcomed the opportunity to work on the Logan Hospital. ‘Obviously our future success is driven by performance and price at the moment but the important thing is to get the opportunity in the first place in this market. Certainly in Queensland this is a significant project to us, especially in the current market. It is also a significant project for the Logan region,’ said Justin.
 
While Structural Systems enjoys being one of the major players in the Queensland market for post-tensioning works, they do not take this position for granted and are proactive in seeking new opportunities. Hampton came across ICN Gateway eight years ago while researching government tenders online and registered immediately.
 
ICN Gateway proved to be effective in connecting local businesses to the Logan Hospital project as 25 out of the 29 work packages awarded were to companies registered on ICN Gateway.
 
ICN will continue to work with Thiess to connect local companies to the project through ongoing business matching efforts and advertising new work packages via ICN Gateway.
 
Construction commenced August 2012 and the project is expected to be completed by early 2015.
 
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