NorthWest commits Calvary to Playford health precinct

The medical centre will rise beside the multi-level car park and retail building (right).

NorthWest Healthcare Properties will start constructing the balance of its $165 million Playford health precinct, opposite the Lyell McEwin Hospital at Elizabeth Vale.

The group, representing New Zealand listed Vital Healthcare, today announced plans for stage two, which includes a $49m medical centre with 6000 square metres over four floors (artist’s impression, top).

Radiology providers Genesis Care and Radiology SA, with Clinipath (pathology) and Calvary Health Care (day oncology) are amongst the businesses to pre-commit.

The facility will include medical consulting suites, a pharmacy and café too.

NorthWest today also confirmed it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Calvary to operate a $93m hospital with up to eight theatres and 120 day and overnight beds.

This component – the third and final stage of the project – is scheduled to be built from 2023.

The first part is complete – a $24m multi-level car park with 450 bays, half of which has been pre-committed to SA Health, and nine retail tenancies, three of which are pre-committed to IGA, Medimart and Australia Post (story continues below).

Playford health precinct

NorthWest intends to connect the private hospital to the Lyell McEwin via an airbridge.

“A core expertise of our business is in sourcing, planning and delivering market-leading healthcare precincts that service critical community needs on a large scale,” president and chief executive officer, Australia and New Zealand, Craig Mitchell, said.

“We are pleased that today’s announcement marks the second time within a month that NorthWest has announced a multi-million dollar healthcare infrastructure investment in South Australia, following on from Vital Healthcare’s acquisition of the Tennyson Centre in October for $93m” he added. “This brings our recent healthcare investments in South Australia to over $260m, and deepens our footprint in the state, allowing us to bring together the best healthcare providers and create [a] state-of-the-art private healthcare precinct at Playford to improve and expand the delivery of health services”.

Calvary’s national chief executive officer, Martin Bowles, said the facility would replace the Calvary Central District Hospital.

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