Parkes is a regional town, world famous for its radio telescope ‘The Dish.’ The new Parkes Hospital has been built on a greenfield site to replace the town’s old hospital. The project included a two-storey hospital and a single storey, short-stay staff accommodation building.
Delivering Comprehensive Services
Our team provided mechanical and sustainability services for the project, from master planning through to construction. From an early stage, we engaged with the Health Service team to develop a scheme that improved the existing facility. We achieved this with technology upgrades, which did not leave them with expensive maintenance in their remote location.
We applied lessons learnt from previous regional hospitals to produce a robust facility that benefits the present community and future generations. For example, early in the construction phase, we worked closely with the mechanical and medical gas contractors to finalise the design while ensuring it still aligned with the design developed with the local health service.
WSP used a Building Information Model that the contractors further developed and used throughout the project life cycle. We also undertook building energy performance modelling to achieve a 10 per cent energy reduction below the statutory requirements.
Benefitting the Community
The hospital now offers Parkes and the surrounding area with expanded and enhanced health care. It admitted its first patients in November 2015, and now provides a range of acute and sub-acute services including emergency, paediatric, general medical and surgical services.