Construction on the $34.1 million Campbelltown Hospital multi-storey carpark has reached its highest point, with a special topping out ceremony held to celebrate the milestone.
Health Infrastructure’s project team joined hospital staff, South West Sydney Local Health District and political representatives to mark the event, which involved placing a tree atop the new carpark. The tree will later be planted in the hospital grounds.
The multi-storey carpark has more than 800 spaces over seven levels of parking, providing the local community and staff with improved on-site parking facilities.
The practice of ‘topping out’ a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian practice of placing a tree atop a new building to appease tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction, with a tree or leafy branch placed on the highest point.
In addition to celebrating reaching the topping out milestone, the use of apprentices in the construction of the hospital was also recognised.
With three cadets in structured training and six apprentices working on the project in different roles, the redevelopment is helping young people kick-start their construction industry careers.
Set to officially open in early 2020, the new carpark is being delivered alongside the NSW Government’s $632 million Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment.
Once complete this project will deliver:
- New clinical services building with modern wards and patient facilities
- New women’s health services including birthing suites and maternity ward
- Increased children's outpatient and ambulatory care services
- Increased children's surgical services
- New nuclear medicine and dental services
- State-of-the-art operating theatres and intensive care unit
- Bigger emergency department with more treatment spaces
- Modern mental health units that are centrally located
- Increased access to outpatient and ambulatory care services
- Upgraded medical imaging equipment
- Increased cancer services
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