Minister for Health
Lend Lease, one of Australia’s largest and most successful construction companies, has been selected as the managing contractor for the 116-bed $150 million Palmerston Regional Hospital.
The company has proven experience and capabilities as managing contractor in hospital construction overseeing $8 billion worth of health-related projects over the last five years in Australia.
As part of the successful management tender bid, Lend Lease will be required to use Northern Territory companies for 90 per cent of its workforce and materials. The tender requires 10 per cent Indigenous employees on the project and associated services.
Lend Lease will manage detail design work and all aspects of the build to allow the NT Government, in partnership with the Federal Government, to deliver first-class health services to Palmerston and regional residents.
The first concrete pours for the new hospital will commence in late October (2015). Works to install water mains are underway and the $6.4 million Stuart Highway and Temple Terrace intersection for hospital access are now 60 per cent complete and expected to be finished mid-September.
“Lend Lease was selected for a number of reasons,” Health Minister John Elferink said today.
“They demonstrated the best value for money for Territorians and the selection panel determined their extensive experience in such projects was decisive.
“We have every confidence that Lend Lease is the managing contractor that will assist the Territory Government in delivering the Palmerston Regional Hospital on time and on budget.”
The tender assessment process was one of the most comprehensive undertaken in the Territory with eight senior Northern Territory Government panel members across four departments. The assessments were undertaken with the additional oversight of independent probity advisors and auditors. Five tender applications were received.
At the peak of construction activity 300 workers are expected on site.
“I am very confident that Lend Lease will ensure all works will be complete and the hospital will be open for operation by 2018 – as agreed with the Australian Government,” Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs said.
“Lend Lease is one of the world’s leading construction companies employing more than 13,000 people around the world.”
Other recent hospital projects by Lend Lease include the Sunshine Coast Hospital, the Cairns Base Hospital, Mackay Base Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, and the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Victoria.
A Community Information meeting will be held on Wednesday 12 August at 6:30pm at the YMCA Palmerston Recreation Centre. Representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Infrastructure, Minister for Infrastructure Peter Chandler, local members Lia Finocchiaro and Nathan Barrett, along with the Minister for Health John Elferink will discuss the hospital milestones and ongoing development with the community.
Construction of the hospital will deliver 116 beds, including:
To find out more about the project, visit the website: www.palmerstonregionalhospital.nt.gov.au.
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