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The Honor. Yvette D’Ath, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services (Qld), Media Release, 30 January 2023
Queensland Health has established a supplier panel of major construction companies to accelerate the delivery of three new hospitals and nine major hospital expansions under the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan.
12 construction companies have been shortlisted as potential tenderers for three new hospitals and nine major hospital expansions amounting to more than $8 billion in capital works. These projects will deliver 1,980 additional beds across Queensland over the next six years, adding to a total of 3,378 additional beds the Palaszczuk Government is delivering over the same period. In regional Queensland, works include new hospitals in Bundaberg and Toowoomba and major expansions of Townsville, Cairns and Mackay hospitals. In the South East, works include a new hospital in Coomera and six major extensions to Redcliffe, Ipswich, Logan, QEII, Princess Alexandra and Prince Charles hospitals.
Health and Ambulance Services Minister Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government’s new hospitals and major expansion projects were full steam ahead.
“Since the Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan announcement last year, Queensland Health has engaged in a robust and collaborative process with the construction sector to begin delivering the program,” the Minister said.
“The building contractor shortlist of 12 was drawn up based on a process of expression of interest and through Queensland Health’s wider engagement with industry.
“This commitment has meant that the tender process has so far been efficient, transparent and ultimately competitive and fair.”
Minister D’Ath said the shortlisted contractors had already demonstrated their commitment to partnering with government to deliver for growing communities across the state.
“Queensland Health has set high standards for the contractors, based on sound design principles that focus on people, place, value addition and technology,” the Minister said.
“Successful tenderers will have to meet these standards while finalizing the designs, in collaboration with the newly established Health Capital division in the Department of Health and in partnership with the local Hospital and Health Services.
“A level of standardization across all hospital projects will not only ensure we have contemporary health facilities, but also aim to make the design, construction and operational stages more efficient.
“I look forward to working together to deliver better health services for all Queenslanders.
“The construction of these three new hospitals and nine major hospital expansions will also provide a significant economic boost and support local businesses, creating approximately 19,947 construction jobs.”
The tender process will last up to 12 weeks, depending on the scale of the projects, with contracts expected to be announced from April 2023.
The Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan also includes
the new state-of-the-art Queensland Cancer Center Extensions of the Hervey Bay and Robina hospitals the accelerated infrastructure delivery program focused on the delivery of additional beds in 2023 and 2024; and the Building Rural and Remote Health Program, as well as many other projects already under construction.
Queensland Health has now called for tender submissions from the shortlisted construction companies for the contracts on these projects:
For more information about the Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan, visit https://www.plan.health.qld.gov.au/