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Abigroup reaches Cairns Base Hospital redevelopment agreement

12 October 2011

Abigroup has reached agreement with Queensland Health on a contract sum of $317 million for the redevelopment of Cairns Base Hospital. 

Reaching agreement marks a major milestone for the project which involves the design and construction of a new clinical services building (Block D) and the staged refurbishment of the existing Blocks A, B, C and Mental Health.  

Abigroup was appointed Managing Contractor Stage 1 for the Cairns Base Hospital redevelopment in September 2010 and has already commenced early works in the existing Block C with the expansion of facilities, upgrade of the HV power network, construction of a new CT scanner facility, expansion of the Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery and the positioning of 700 piles for the new seven-story Block D.

Artist's impression of the new hospital

Abigroup’s Queensland General Manager Steve Abson said, “We look forward to continuing the collaboration between Abigroup and Queensland Health on this important project.

“We can now build on the good progress we’ve already made in delivering these new facilities which once completed will result in a significant increase in health service capacity for the Cairns region.”

The project is being carried out in two portions with Stage One involving the construction of the new Block D (due for completion in October 2013) and doubling the size of the existing Intensive Care Unit. The Unit, together with the Special Care Nursery and Birthing Suites are scheduled to be completed in March 2013.

The second stage involves the refurbishment of existing hospital buildings and expansion of the Mental Health Unit and is due to be completed by March 2015. The project involves detailed planning and coordination due to space constraints and the sensitivity of working in a hospital precinct environment. Hospital services will continue operating throughout the course of the project.

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