Ipswich Hospital Expansion Stage 1A Mental Health Unit, Queensland, Australia

Aurecon manages the construction of a new mental health facility for the care and well-being of people in Queensland

  • Aurecon’s role: Project management and contract administration
  • Client: West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (West Moreton Health)
  • Project team: HASSELL, WSP, Turner & Townsend

Australian residents benefit from quality, safe and affordable healthcare for their families. It's a key reason why the country’s citizens enjoy one of the longest life expectancies in the world.

In Queensland, the West Moreton region which incorporates Ipswich, is experiencing rapid growth with the area’s population forecast to double in the next 15 years. This growth will lead to increased demand for healthcare.

To meet future health needs, the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service is upgrading the Ipswich Health Precinct, including the addition of a new acute mental health unit.

Aurecon is partnering with West Moreton Health to provide project management and contract administration services on the mental health unit.

Our population needs mental health services. One in five (or 20 per cent) of Australians aged 16 – 85 experience a mental illness in any year. The new 50-bed acute mental health unit at Ipswich Hospital will provide best practice healthcare for adults and older people.

Jonathan Hirst, Aurecon’s National Health Lead, Program Advisory, said the engagement as project manager reflects the firm’s experience on complex health projects in Queensland such as Longreach Hospital, Gladstone Hospital Emergency Department, Queensland Children’s Hospital and Roma Hospital Redevelopment.

“This project further develops our healthcare expertise in an area where, for the foreseeable future, there will be a growing need. With a history of successfully delivering health projects, this demonstrates how our program advisory capabilities unlock new opportunities for the healthcare sector,” said Mr. Hirst.

Person-centric design solutions

The outcomes that Aurecon will focus on include:

  • Ensuring construction has minimal impact on the residential areas surrounding the site. Aurecon will work with the community, design and construction teams to ensure concerns and feedback are addressed in the delivery of the build.
  • Ensuring the design feels personable, not clinical or sterile. Aurecon will work closely with the project architect and client to achieve this with modern materials, construction methods and engineering design that positively contribute to enhancing the health and well-being of patients.

The acute mental health unit is a key component of an upgrade of the Ipswich Health Precinct, for which the Queensland Government has committed A$146.3 million for Stage 1 of the Master Plan.

Early works to remove properties at the site of the new acute mental health unit started mid-2020, ahead of the construction of the new facility, slated to begin in early 2021.

The Ipswich Health Precinct is part of West Moreton Health’s 15-year Master Plan to deliver infrastructure to meet the future healthcare needs of the region.

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