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Global design studio Woods Bagot has been appointed lead architect of the Grafton Base Hospital redevelopment by the NSW Government following a competitive tender.
Georgia Singleton, Global Leader – Education and Science at Woods Bagot, said master-planning work on the $263.8 million project is now under way with stakeholder and community consultation the immediate priority.
“We’re looking forward to designing a world-class healthcare facility for the Northern Rivers region of NSW, an area we know well,” Ms Singleton said.
Ms Singleton said it is the second major healthcare project for Woods Bagot in the Northern Rivers, following its work on the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment, and it will collaborate with HDR on the latest design.
Woods Bagot Director – Georgia Singleton
National Party MP for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, said the redevelopment will transform local health outcomes and experiences for patients, their families, and staff.
“An experienced team of project managers, architects and cost managers who have worked on a range of health infrastructure projects in both metro and regional areas have been engaged to progress master planning for the Grafton Base Hospital redevelopment,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“This appointment marks a key milestone in the advancement of healthcare for Grafton and the wider Clarence Valley.”
He said the project team was appointed following a competitive tender process and includes:
• Woods Bagot & HDR as the Architects
• Mace Projects & PWC as the Project Managers
• Altus Group as the Cost Manager.
Nationals Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the immediate focus is developing the master plan.
“With the project team now on board, we will be consulting with key stakeholders including medical clinicians, staff, patients and the local community to inform the project’s planning and design,” Mrs Taylor said.
The Minister said the Clarence Valley’s Clinical Services Plan is being finalised by the Northern NSW Local Health District to assist with planning, inclusions and timing.
She said Grafton Base Hospital redevelopment is part of the NSW Government’s record $11.9 billion investment in health infrastructure to 2025-26, with nearly a third of the capital allocation this financial year going towards regional and rural health facilities.
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