NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA: NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard has officially opened the $470 million new Maitland Hospital in the Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales, recently delivered by premier global construction company Multiplex.

Located on a greenfield site in Metford, the new Maitland Hospital boasts state-of-the-art clinical and emergency services for the 339-bed hospital, spanning over seven floors.

The 50,000 square metre space delivers a range of adult and paediatric services including emergency, paediatric, maternity, chemotherapy, and contemporary operating suites.

The ground floor, spanning 11,000 square metres, accommodates the main entrance, retail space and key clinical departments that require direct public access. The new building also includes a rooftop plant room and helipad.

Multiplex Regional Managing Director David Ghannoum said this hospital represents the sixth hospital Multiplex has delivered for the NSW Government in recent years.

“We are thrilled to extend our collaboration with Health Infrastructure NSW as delivery partner for the new Maitland Hospital,” he said.

“The new hospital delivers key services to increase clinical capability in the form of beds and treatment spaces to meet the health care needs of the growing Lower Hunter Valley community.”

Multiplex’s new build includes the delivery of clinical support services including central sterile services department, pharmacy, pathology, isolation rooms where required, plaster rooms and gyms to support both general and mental health services for residents.

As well as upgrades to clinical spaces, the project included roadwork upgrades to the intersection at Chelmsford Drive and Metford Road as well as internal roadworks to create two separate Hospital entrances.

Works spanned a two-and-a-half-year period, with Multiplex commencing main works early in 2019. Significantly, a total of 3465 jobs were generated by the project, and at peak construction, some 600 people worked on-site per day.

Mr Ghannoum said that as well as well as the successful delivery of the hospital, the project had generated some significant social and environmental outcomes for the Maitland community.

“We’re really pleased to have delivered the new Maitland Hospital safely, on time and to the high standard of quality required by hospitals, and we’re equally proud of the social and environmental benefits we were able to incorporate into the project,” he said.

Social value outcomes were underpinned by the Maitland Connectivity Centre, a Multiplex initiative linking local job seekers with job opportunities on the project and beyond. The Centre delivered over 50 Indigenous candidate placements as well as 15 traineeships, exceeding expectations and producing valuable outcomes for the project and community.

The project also delivered environmental benefits following the HI framework based on GreenStar criteria and targeting a minimum of 45 points. This included a waste reduction and recycling scheme that generated only 3.6kg of waste per square metre, and enabled over 90% of that waste to be recycled.

More than 2,500 photovoltaic solar panels were also installed as part of a new 1.16-Megawatt solar system on the roof of the Hospital’s northern car park.