Expanding to meet community needs
Queensland Health (QH) together with the West Moreton Health Service District (WMHSD) needed to expand Ipswich Hospital (IHE) to meet the growing needs of the local community. The expansion provides an additional 90 inpatient beds and includes additional dedicated paediatric services as well as providing additional clinical and non-clinical support facilities.
Turner & Townsend Thinc was appointed as Project Manager and Programmer in mid 2010, responsible for the effective and economic design, procurement, construction and programming of the project as well as commissioning activities. This includes management of the user consultation and sign off process. Turner & Townsend Thinc was responsible for delivering the project within the approved budget of $128.7 million.
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The construction works have been delivered under three separate construction contracts. Relocation and fit out of the Oral Health department at a location in the CBD was completed as an early works package. Expansion of the Multi-Level Car Park was delivered by a Design & Construct contract. The main construction works are being delivered through a Managing Contractor.
New build works include an elevated 2 level extension of the Clinical Services Building which wraps around the existing Tower Block. This new building will allow relocation of the Surgical Inpatient beds, Oncology, Palliative Care and the Day Procedures Unit.
Refurbishment in the Clinical Services Building and Tower Block include the existing Emergency Department, Medical Imaging, 23 Hour Surgical Ward and Outpatients. Refurbishments of the Inpatient Ward Building include the existing Medical Wards, Cardiac Care Unit / Chest Pain, Antenatal Clinic, Rehabilitation & Occupational Therapy Services, Kitchen, Maternity, Neonatal, Front of House and OPD Pharmacy.
Thinc developed the delivery strategy based on a complex staging methodology that was required to maintain the operability of the health services throughout construction. This delivery strategy was developed in close consultation with Queensland Health, the design team, project services and in later stages, the managing contractor. Thinc also provided stakeholder engagement services to the hospital, which should enable better health outcomes for the fastest growing region of Queensland.
This major project successfully reached completion on time and on budget.