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Leighton Contractors Partnership Chosen for New Royal Hospital Construction in Adelaide

Leighton Contractors consortium selected as preferred proponent for New Royal Adelaide Hospital PPP project

The South Australian Government has today announced the selection of the SA Health Partnership - a consortium comprising Leighton Contractors, Hansen Yuncken, Macquarie Capital Group and Spotless - as preferred proponent to deliver the Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH).

The new state-of-the-art hospital will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the State Government's Partnerships SA model.

The SA Health Partnership consortium will undertake the financing, design, construction and operation of the non-clinical services of the hospital for approximately 35 years, while SA Health will continue to operate the hospital and provide all core clinical services, staffing, teaching and research.

Leighton Contractors will undertake the design and construction of the new hospital in joint venture with Hansen Yuncken. Leighton Contractors will also act as consortium sponsor and equity investor in the project.

Craig Laslett, Managing Director of Leighton Contractors, said one of the company’s core strengths is its ability to deliver complex major infrastructure projects.

“The New Royal Adelaide Hospital will be the largest and most technologically advanced hospital ever built in Australia, and one that will be recognised as a benchmark internationally,” he said.

“This project is a great opportunity to demonstrate our skills and capability within the healthcare sector, which is a significant growth area for Leighton Contractors.”

Mr Laslett said he was confident the project would demonstrate the value of government/ industry partnerships in the social infrastructure sector.

“The PPP model is a quality and viable mechanism for delivering social infrastructure projects because it recognises the specialist areas of each partner and encourages efficiency, innovation and, ultimately, economic value for communities.

“Leighton Contractors has been involved in a number of successful PPPs over the past few years, including the HQJOC defence project in New South Wales and the Aspire Schools project in Queensland. This model provides a low-risk, specialist delivery option which allows government clients to focus on delivering their core services.”

Bevan Brunckhorst, Consortium Project Director and spokesperson for the consortium, said the NRAH project will be delivered with patients at front of mind.

“The new state of the art hospital will provide South Australians with the nation’s most advanced health care in Australia,” he said.

“The proposed design is very patient-centric and includes fully digitised record keeping and design that caters to providing the highest standard of care to patients and services for their families.”

On completion, the NRAH will be the largest and most advanced hospital in South Australia with 800 beds, including 100 same-day beds, and 80,000 same-day and overnight admissions per year.

Key components of the successful bid include:

  • Greenstar 4-star rating with optimised design to provide efficient staff, patient and visitor flow
  • 100% single inpatient rooms with opening windows, natural light and access to outdoor areas and green space
  • 40 technical suites (operating theatres)
  • A commercial precinct including restaurant, minimart, cafes, crèche, gymnasium, bank, post office, hairdresser
  • An underground car park with approximately 2500 bays
  • Technology features including weighing beds, wireless technology and equipment tracking capability, and intelligent information systems such as bedside entertainment and meal ordering for patients.

Work will begin on the new hospital in the first half of 2011 with a proposed completion date of 2016.


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