Melbourne architects build for leading healthcare provider in Malaysia
Victoria’s health and aged care sectors have internationally recognised capabilities and expertise in planning, designing and building health and aged care facilities. The sectors are also globally regarded for their skills in developing management systems and providing formal management training.
 
In June 2012, the Victorian Government lead a Super Trade Mission to South East Asia with the objective of strengthening government, business and cultural ties the State has with the region. Dedicated to improving international relations, the mission covered a number of sectors, with healthcare included.
 
Included in the mission planning, the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Victoria was approached by the Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP’s office, to host an industry round table and networking forum, in November 2012. The event saw six Australian healthcare specialists participating in the session and over 40 industry guests to attend the networking function.
 
National Sector Manager, David Ryant and International Program Manager, Candida Costa, both of ICN hosted the event at ICN’s Melbourne office and worked professionally to connect guests to each other.
 
The event was held specifically to coincide with KPJ Healthcare Managing Director, Datin Paduka Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir, who was visiting Melbourne at the time.
 
It was here that KPJ announced that they would be investing some RM867 (over AU$292M) over the next three to four years to develop new hospitals in Malaysia – namely, Sabah Specialist Hospital, Pasir Guddang Specialist Hospital, KPJ Pahang Specialist Hospital, KPJ Specialist Hospital Bandar Dato Onn, KPJ Perlis Specialist Hospital and KPJ Muar Specialist Hospital.
 
ICN's National Sector Manager for Health, David Ryant said; "these events are very beneficial to matching Australian business capabilities with opportunities overseas. A total of 18 meetings were conducted over 11 days with key Senior Business Executives, Governement Ministerial Departments and Healthcare Providers to determine the forecast Healthcare infrastructure project development plan for the regions."
 
As a result of the networking function, Nic Hughan, Managing Director SE Asia & China, Group Director Health, Principal, of Thomson Adsett architect (Melbourne office), met Datin Paduka and over time established a relationship to see them commissioned by KPJ for the central precinct of Dato Onn International Medical City project in JB/Iscandar AU capex of $600m including commercial/ retail, serviced apartments (2x 40 storey towers) and seniors living/ aged care (1x 40 storey tower). More than 350,000 sqm total Fees for specialist services up to end of DD in the order of AU $1.2m.
 
Thomson Adsett come with an impressive portfolio spanning across both Australia and Malaysia, including the Townsville Hospital in Queensland, the 17 storey Singapore General Hospital and the two stage revitalisation of a fifty year old Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital in Hong Kong – just to name a few.
 
The success of Thomson Adsett’s health care solutions is underpinned not only by expert design and professional project delivery, but also a well-rounded knowledge of the industry’s business drivers.
 
"Our success in Mayasia is credited to ICN Victoria facilitating the iniitial introduction with KPJ." says Mr Hughan.
 
The mission has demonstrated the Victorian Government’s commitment to the dynamic and rapidly developing region and together with ICN has already provide excellent and effective platform for Victorian organisations to showcase their capabilities.