Armidale hospital's old buildings ready to give way to the new
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall joined Armidale Hospital staff and community members at Armidale Rural Referral Hospital to ‘farewell’ the old buildings that will be demolished as part of the $60 million redevelopment of Armidale Hospital.
Mr Marshall also confirmed today that a contract has been awarded to begin early construction works as part of the $60 million redevelopment of Armidale Hospital. Sydney-based A W Edwards Pty Ltd – an Australian family-owned company - would carry out the enabling works for the project and utilise local contractors.
“The enabling works are the exciting first-stage of the redevelopment of the Armidale Hospital site and ground is expected to be broken in coming weeks,” Mr Marshall said.
“This is the vital ‘ground work’ to prep the site and get it ready for the main construction phase due to begin around June this year.
“These works will include demolition and site clearance, realignment and upgrade of related infrastructure services as well as the earthworks needed for the construction of the new four storey building.
“Today’s morning tea was a great opportunity to remember the long service provided by the older buildings now making way for the new and I would like to think that the new facility might enjoy as long a life.”
The Armidale Hospital redevelopment will include an emergency department, theatres and procedure room, critical care, inpatient beds and a sterilising unit.
The Hunter New England Local Health District board determined the specific details of the redevelopment based on the future clinical needs of the Armidale Hospital, as well as feedback provided as part of the consultation process.
The company chosen for this important phase of the work is owned and run by the Edwards family since 1921. Recent projects undertaken include redevelopment works at the Westmead and Prince of Wales hospitals, the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Newcastle University campus in Tamworth and Coffs Harbor Health Campus.
“Today is one of mixed emotions but I know the community cannot wait to see this long-awaited and long fought for redevelopment to get underway,” Mr Marshall said. “It’ll completely transform health care in Armidale and the region.”