Client: Building Queensland and Metro South Health
Project team: BVN
Logan Hospital is the major health centre for one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland and provides a range of specialty services for children and adults. Its emergency department is one of the busiest in the state, seeing more than 93 000 presentations each year. As the region’s population grows, the hospital will need to cater for a corresponding rise in admissions.
Aurecon was engaged by Metro South Health to support the expansion of the hospital as well as refurbish its maternity and neonatal facilities.
Our first role was to edit the detailed business case, to determine the build and expansion options in order to attract government funding for the project. This role included consideration of the health, technical, planning, commercial and financial interfaces of the project, as well as risk analysis to connect strategic objectives to project performance measures.
Aurecon is now the project manager for the delivery phase of the programme of works. The programme, worth more than half a billion dollars, includes:
Hospital expansion – four new floors for clinical services and plant above an existing building, in addition to the refurbishment of existing clinical and back-of-house areas of the hospital (under a managing contractor procurement model)
New multi-level car park with 1500 vehicle bays (design and construct procurement)
Refurbishment of part of the existing hospital to provide a new maternity and neonatal service (under a lump sum procurement model)
Revitalising frontline services and boosting the hospital’s capability
The newly upgraded health facility will create the resources to provide healthcare, employment and medical services far into the future. The expansion will increase capacity by 206 beds and treatment spaces, which is a 48 per cent increase on current capacity.
The programme will upgrade and expand existing clinical and support services, delivering five new medical wards, as well as an expanded emergency department, mental health, intensive care, endoscopy and coronary care units. To deliver improved medical technology, Aurecon’s team includes an FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) consultant to evaluate the medical equipment needs of the new and expanded facilities.
Aurecon’s dedicated construction director is concentrating on safety and operational continuity throughout each stage of construction. Using a stakeholder-driven approach to scheduling, each team involved with the programme is appreciating the constraints and pinch points of each stage and schedules accordingly. The emphasis is on delivering informative and collaborative communication, and consultation to leave a positive legacy and relationships.
With a focus on ensuring coordination and collaboration between designers and trade contractors across the programme, this is de-risking the process.
A robust, integrated systems testing process is providing a holistic approach to addressing predefined operational and failure scenarios. Given that the four-floor expansion is constructed above an existing building, staging is co-designed with hospital staff and stakeholders, the building contractor and the client.
The programme is a significant transformation for the hospital as it strives to meet the needs of local communities well into the future.
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