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Construction underway on new $658 million Sydney Children's Hospital

Friday 10 June 2022

The $658 million redevelopment of Sydney Children's Hospital and Australia’s first Children's Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Randwick is one step closer for children and families across NSW following the appointment of the main works contractor. 

John Holland will deliver the state-of-the art facility, to be located in the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct.

The redeveloped paediatric hospital and the new dedicated research facility will deliver life-changing care to some of the state’s most unwell children. A new paediatric Virtual Care Centre will also improve choices and access to 24/7 care for patients and families throughout NSW.

The design of the redevelopment incorporates feedback from staff, patients and their families, and features more single-patient rooms, family-friendly zones, more play areas inside and outside the hospital, as well as a pet-friendly zone, to provide an environment that is welcoming and promotes healing.

The infrastructure project will support almost 1,200 direct jobs during construction and help create 500 roles within paediatrics across the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct.

The new hospital building will include: 
  • children's emergency department and intensive care unit 
  • medical short stay unit 
  • Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre 
  • neurosciences centre
  • ​inpatient units for medical, surgical, adolescent, sleep and oncology specialties  
  • day oncology centre 
  • paediatric pharmacy 
  • virtual care centre and hospital command centre 
  • wet and dry laboratories to support cancer research education, training and research spaces 
  • improved parent amenities, including overnight bereavement rooms  
  • education and training spaces for staff. 

Main works are due to begin in coming months, with the facility expected to open in late 2025. The existing Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick will then continue to provide outpatient and allied health services. 

The $658 million investment in the Sydney Children’s Hospital and Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Randwick includes: $478 million from the NSW Government; $100 million from the Commonwealth Government; $25 million from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation; and $25 million from Children’s Cancer Institute.

UNSW is providing a $30 million in-kind contribution for additional integrated facilities for the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre within the adjacent UNSW Health Translation Hub. In April 2022, the Minderoo Foundation was announced as naming rights partner to the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre, announcing a $15 million donation as part of an overall $50 million in philanthropic contributions towards the project. 

The NSW Government has invested over $1 billion in the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct, strengthening health, research, education and innovation outcomes to ensure NSW is at the forefront of health research and education internationally. 

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