Construction on the new Gold Coast Private Hospital reached a major milestone today with the building officially ‘topping out’ as it reaches the half way mark of construction.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate signed the last concrete slab of the $230 million Healthscope operated hospital before it was hoisted into place on the top of the fourth and final level.
Since construction began in October 2013, the site has had two large cranes and more than 150 workers keeping the building on schedule for completion in late 2015.
The Gold Coast Private, which will become the new facility for Allamanda Private Hospital, is co-located with the new Gold Coast University Hospital at Parklands, Southport, and forms part of the Gold CoastHealth and Knowledge Precinct.
Mayor Tom Tate said he was delighted to be part of the construction milestone celebrations and that he looked forward to the hospital opening to the local residents.
“The Health and Knowledge Precinct is a transformative project for the Gold Coast which will deliver better patient outcomes and help to diversify our local economy,” said Cr Tate.
“I am delighted to see private enterprise share our vision for the area with a substantial new investment in facilities, expertise and training.
“Healthscope has shown an enormous vote of confidence in the Gold Coast and I am pleased to have the opportunity to leave but a small mark on this significant project.”
Healthscope CEO, Robert Cook said the hospital would be world-class.
“This facility will be the jewel in the Healthscope crown and the people of South East Queensland will be the beneficiaries,” he said.
"Situated in the heart of the Health and Knowledge Precinct, Gold Coast Private is co-located with the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University. Together this trio will make a formidable team.
"This type of co-location is the way of the future for healthcare, education and research and has real benefits for our community."
Allamanda Private Hospital general manager David Harper said construction was tracking ahead of schedule on the Gold Coast's biggest private hospital development in more than two decades.
He said today’s ceremony was a major highlight in the evolution of the new hospital.
"Since construction began 12 months ago, there has been in excess of 25,000 cubic metres of concrete poured to get us to the stage we are at today," he said.
"People can now get a real sense of the scope and size of the hospital.
"It's an exciting day as it marks the half way point of construction and brings us one step closer to welcoming patients in early 2016."
Mr Harper said the hospital would open with 284 beds and 13 theatres with the ability to expand to 400 and 21 respectively.
"The use of dry walls allowseasy re-configuring of the hospital's layout for ease of expansion in line with demand," he said.
"These design inclusions also accommodate future advances in technology and changes in medical care practices.
"The interior finishes and colour scheme is intended to create a warm, welcoming environment - more along the lines of a five-star hotel than the cold, clinical feel found in many hospitals."
The facility will provide an extensive list of services including maternity, special care nursery, paediatrics, cardiac catheterisation lab and hybrid theatre, rehabilitation, intensive care and 24 hour emergency care centre, and will be supported by providers of imaging, pathology and pharmacy.