Monday 4 May 2020
Western Sydney will soon have more world-class health services, with major construction on Westmead Health Precinct’s new 14-storey Central Acute Services Building (CASB), the centrepiece of the more than $1 billion redevelopment, now complete months ahead of schedule.
Health Infrastructure Chief Executive Rebecca Wark said early delivery of a project of this magnitude was a remarkable effort by Health Infrastructure’s builders and project team.
“This is a project which has involved so many people over many years and I feel immensely proud to have been a part of it,” Ms Wark said.
“I would like to acknowledge all those who have contributed to this fantastic project including project team, project manager PWC, builder Multiplex and project partners Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the University of Sydney.
“It’s a tremendous achievement for all involved”
At 14 storeys, the CASB is the tallest health building in Australia and the largest health infrastructure project in NSW. Once operational it will transform healthcare in western Sydney and provide a centre for ground-breaking health research.
The building is a collaboration between Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the University of Sydney and Health Infrastructure. It will connect Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital, and include new emergency departments, digital operating theatres and surgical suites, as well as an infectious diseases unit and a helipad.
Now that construction has been substantially completed, work will take place over the coming months to complete equipment installation and prepare for the opening and staged move of services and staff.
Once fully operational, key features of the new hospital building will include:
- two new emergency departments — one for adults and one for children
- digital operating theatres
- expanded imaging, pharmacy and logistics
- more than 300 patient rooms (a high proportion of single rooms with dedicated carer zones)
- more spaces with natural light
- landscaped entry plaza and forecourt
- education, training and research integrated on every floor
- 1.5 floors for the University of Sydney to enable greater integration of education, research and health services delivery.
The NSW Government has also committed an additional $619 million for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Stage 2.
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