Boutique construction company Roberts Pizzarotti has been appointed as the main works contractor for stage one of the $341.2 million redevelopment of Concord Hospital in Sydney's inner-west.
The appointment also marks a coup for a new five-day working week, rather than the standard six-day week, a first for a construction program of a public hospital redevelopment in New South Wales.
Roberts Pizzarotti, which is led by former Multiplex and Lendlease executive Alison Mirams, described the feat as a “game changer” for the industry.
“Statistics show that people on construction sites are six times more likely to die from suicide than in workplace accidents. We are committed to making a positive change to the industry,” Mirams said.
“Unless contractors offer solutions to the problems which plague our sector, and clients accept those recommendations, nothing will change... we applaud Health Infrastructure and the NSW State Government for accepting the five-day proposal.”
Unless contractors offer solutions to the problems which plague our sector, and clients accept those recommendations, nothing will change.Roberts Pizzarotti CEO Alison Mirams.
The New South Wales government announced the $341.2 million in funding for stage one of the redevelopment in June last year.
State government said the works will build upon the hospital’s “history and architectural significance to deliver a state-of-the-art clinical services building” for the growing community of Sydney's inner west.
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Stage one will increase the Concord’s inpatient and outpatient capacity; this includes plans to deliver a rehabilitation and Aged Care centre, a comprehensive cancer centre with additional capacity for day and inpatient oncology services, and Australia’s first National Centre for Veterans' which will support the health and wellbeing of veterans’ and their families.
The project, which is roughly 10 kilometres from Sydney's CBD, is slated for completion by 2021.