21 May 2024

Government seeks contractor to deliver new northside hospital

| Ian Bushnell
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An early artist’s impression of the render of the proposed Northside Hospital. Enabling works are expected to start in 2025-26. Image: ACT Government.

The ACT Government is moving ahead with plans to build a new Northside Hospital in Bruce, seeking contractors to deliver the $1 billion project.

An expression of interest process is now open for contractors with expertise in constructing health facilities to work on early planning and design and then potentially build the new hospital, to be sited on the North Canberra Hospital campus in Bruce, formerly Calvary Public.

Interested contractors will be shortlisted and invited to respond to a Request for Tender stage. The government has said construction would start mid-decade.

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The new hospital will be Canberra’s most significant health infrastructure project and will follow the completion of the new Critical Services Building at Canberra Hospital, which will open in August.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said at the time that the need for a new hospital to meet growing demand on the northside motivated last year’s takeover of Calvary Public.

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said Canberra’s northside would continue to grow in the coming decades.

“Planning now for a bigger, modern hospital will provide Canberrans with access to more health services closer to home,” she said.

Ms Stephen-Smith said the government was seeking a partner who shares its vision for a modern hospital with patients and staff at the centre of the design and one that would be energy efficient, sustainable and operating in a net-zero environment.

“The new northside hospital will deliver a welcoming and world-class facility that replaces the ageing infrastructure on the Bruce campus,” she said.

“It will have more treatment spaces, a bigger emergency department and state-of-the-art equipment for our workforce.

“Most importantly, it will provide greater capacity for our health care system and ensure Canberrans can continue to access quality public health care across the ACT as our population grows and health needs change.”

Ms Stephen-Smith said it was important to get a contractor on board early in the current competitive infrastructure market so that the ACT could secure that expertise and retain some flexibility.

She said the government was already working to a tight timeframe, with construction expected to begin by mid-decade.

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The EOI document states enabling works are expected to start in 2025-26, with demolition to follow.

The detailed design phase and potential construction offer are not expected until 2026-27.

The EOI document said: “This transformational project will address the challenges of the future by providing high-quality, person-centred care in an environment that incorporates the latest advances in technology and additional capacity to accommodate increased demand now and well into the future.”

Responses to the EOI request close on 20 June. The successful delivery partner is expected to be announced in late 2024.

Ms Stephen-Smith said the government was still awaiting Calvary Health Care’s compensation claim from the takeover. Calvary has 12 months to submit its claim, which expires on 3 July.

The government was still negotiating with Calvary on transition costs.

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Memo to prospective Contractors; complete the ‘selection’ process with CFMEU prior to tendering..

Capital Retro11:29 am 22 May 24

I thought it was the CFMEU who selected the contractor, not the government.

It’s a risky business, that thinking you try Capital Retro, so little result for your efforts. Would you like a sherry?

Capital Retro4:32 pm 22 May 24

I think you must be sniffing something stronger than sherry to write that sort of gobbledygook.

This comment wins.

Well I’m really looking forward to the new hospital.

What was the substance behind the takeover of Calvery, if they are just going to rebuild.
Can woolworths buy out coles only to knock down and build a woolworths or would the ACCC have a problem with lack of competition.

What a waste of money.

Andrew Cooke12:12 pm 22 May 24

Did you read the article? Construction to commence 2025-26 with completion in 2027. There’s a lot of time to establish ACT Health onsite, with a goal of a seamless transition to a new campus. Also as to the takeover of Calvery, there’s some fundamental moral issues of paying a church that doesn’t pay taxes, and actively campaigns against and opposes basic

Capital Retro1:12 pm 22 May 24

Are you suggesting that public hospitals actually make money?

Even the private ones are struggling at the moment so “tax free” doesn’t come into it.

Go easy on the Catholics too – haven’t you heard Albo has re-discovered his Catholic roots.

Actually gooterz, a new hospital was the point.

Interesting that you never noticed.

Andrew Cooke3:25 pm 22 May 24

No, why would anyone look to make money from people’s misery (unless you were a Church who has been doing that for the last 2 millennia).

It was always about rebuilding it – the old hospital was not meeting the needs of Canberra. It was too small and much of the building was too old to refit to meet the changing technological needs of health delivery.

Capital Retro6:49 am 23 May 24

Not just a “Church” Andrew. There are theocracies more oppressive than anyone can imagine.

So, once the government opens their new hospital, will they give the old Calvary hospital back to the Catholics?

They only got it to bulldose it. An up yours to the Catholics.

gooterz, it actually had nothing to do with “the Catholics”. It was about the need to expand and upgrade the hospital to meet the growing needs of Canberra and about having a publicly funded institution in the control of the public.

What the Barr government has done is disgraceful. There should have been a second hospital built. They have already spent millions on concepts to only ignore any sensible recommendations and plan to screw up Calvary hospital. It’s all about using the surrounding land for hirise apartments not serving the people of North Canberra. It’s time the rusted on voters of Canberra see Barr and the Greens for what they really are rotten to the core. Time for a change.

Its the same as always with Barr, What you see is on the front cover. Its the sheeple that keep voting for the same that is the problem.

Andrew Cooke9:37 am 22 May 24

Why? There’s a hospital there that was badly run (and let’s completely ignore the conflict of interest with the Catholic Church providing health care). Let’s upgrade the existing infrastructure.

And what’s this alternative that you speak, the Liberal Party? Let’s sell off all the public infrastructure to our mates, sub-contract back to them at exorbitant rates, not hold them to account for 20 years as the infrastructure crumbles, then have to fund a massive round of upgrades only to sell it all off to them at the lowest price again.

Or, get the former Liberal Chief Minister to blow it up and lose the land to the commonwealth.

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