Canberra Hospital tower tops out

Artist’s impression of the completed Critical Services Building.

The helipad of a nine level building under construction – the centrepiece of the Canberra Hospital extension – served as the space to celebrate its topping out ceremony last week.

The Canberra Hospital extension is scheduled for completion mid next year.

The Critical Services Building, rising 35 metres, is being delivered by Major Projects Canberra; it forms part of the extension – the ACT government’s largest ever healthcare infrastructure investment.

Multiplex is the builder.

Completion is scheduled in 14 months.

Critical Services Building

The Critical Services Building will increase Canberra Hospital’s capacity in adult intensive care, paediatric intensive care, surgical, coronary care and emergency services, a Multiplex spokesperson said.

“It will also support the ACT government’s ambitions for an emissions-free health sector with the hospital to be powered entirely by 100 per cent renewable energy,” they added.

Construction began in 2020 (story continues below).

“Multiplex is targeting a 5-star Design and As Build Green Star rating and has utilised low carbon concrete and all electric power for its two cranes,” the company’s regional managing director, David Ghannoum, said.

“The low carbon concrete alone has eliminated more than 2000 tonnes of embodied CO2 on the project to date, the equivalent of carbon removed by more than 30,000 tree seedlings grown over 10 years,” he added.

Elsewhere in Canberra, Multiplex delivered the new University of Canberra Hospital in 2018.

In Sydney, meanwhile, it recently constructed the Maitland Hospital and Westmead’s Central Acute Services Building.

Its development pipeline in this sector also includes the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct, taking shape at Newcastle’s New Lambton Heights.

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