2022-10-14
14 Oct 22

Construction commences on Stage 2 of Woods Bagot’s Playford Health Hub: the state-of-the-art Specialist Medical Centre to be powered by 100% renewable energy

With today’s sod-turning, NorthWest has announced the commencement of construction of a $51 million state-of-the-art Specialist Medical Centre. Designed by Woods Bagot, this is the second stage within the three stage ~$165 million* Playford Health Hub. The Specialist Medical Centre marks the start of what is South Australia’s first 6-Star Green Star registered Medical Office Building.

The new Specialist Medical Centre will be powered by 100% renewable energy, with sustainability and accessibility to Lyell McEwin Hospital being a core focus of the design phase for the building and the precinct more broadly. Schiavello Construction have been appointed to deliver the project, with up to 500 jobs to be created throughout the development process.

“This is an exciting major development which will deliver specialised care to patients in the heart of the northern suburbs,” said South Australia’s Health and Wellbeing Minister, Chris Picton, who attended the sod-turning.

“I’m delighted that this is yet another sign of the Lyell McEwin precinct going from strength to strength, with this now a focus of world-class health care in the northern suburbs.”

Construction commences on Stage 2 of Woods Bagot’s Playford Health Hub: the state-of-the-art Specialist Medical Centre to be powered by 100% renewable energy
Construction commences on Stage 2 of Woods Bagot’s Playford Health Hub: the state-of-the-art Specialist Medical Centre to be powered by 100% renewable energy

(left to right) Jim Birch Chairperson Little Company of Mary Health Care, Maree Geraghty, NALHN CEO, NorthWest CEO Craig Mitchell, Calvary SA Regional CEO Sharon Kendall, and Minister Chris Picton.

The ~6,500sqm Specialist Medical Centre across four levels will include day oncology, radiotherapy, radiology, pathology, specialist medical consulting suites, a rooftop terrace, conference facilities and retail amenity. The building is already over 50% pre-leased to Calvary Health Care, GenesisCare, Radiology SA and Clinpath.

“We are proud to mark this important milestone in the development of a significant precinct that will deliver enhanced healthcare services to the community of Playford in South Australia,” said NorthWest Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Craig Mitchell.

“Leading sustainability practice has been at the core of NorthWest’s approach to this development, and we are proud to deliver a development that will be powered 100% by renewable energy – fitting, for what is set to be South Australia’s first 6-Star Green Star registered Medical Office Building.”

– NorthWest Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Craig Mitchell

Construction commences on Stage 2 of Woods Bagot’s Playford Health Hub: the state-of-the-art Specialist Medical Centre to be powered by 100% renewable energy

”The building, once completed, will have 34% better energy efficiency than building code requirements, 25% better water efficiency than standard practice, and 40% lower embodied carbon than a standard building.

The Specialist Medical Centre, due for completion in early 2024, is stage two of a three staged co-located health precinct being undertaken by the NorthWest managed NZX-listed fund Vital Healthcare Property Trust.

Stage one was completed by Woods Bagot in 2021 and is a $24 million, 450 bay multi deck car park, majority leased to SA Health, and 1,700sqm of retail. Stage three has a total forecast investment of ~$93 million for the private hospital to be operated by Calvary Health Care, with provision for eight operating theatres and up to 120 day and overnight beds.

Planning for the private hospital is well underway, with a consultant team appointed and the design process having commenced. A Development Application is expected to be lodged in early 2023.

 

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