Enabling works to begin

Work on the new precinct will begin next week, with the enabling works contractor appointed for the new state-of-the-art facility.   

Its a significant significant milestone for this project with Multiplex Constructions awarded the contract that will see the enabling works completed before the end of the year.

John Hunter Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals in the State and, with the region’s population set to increase 22 per cent over the next 15 years, this expansion will ensure Newcastle, greater Hunter and northern NSW communities have access to cutting-edge health care services now and into the future.

The new, seven-storey Acute Services Building will see a 60 per cent increase in Intensive Care Unit capacity and almost 50 per cent more theatres.  

The new Emergency Department will see treatment spaces for patients increase by almost 40 per cent and new spaces for women and children, including paediatric and neonatal intensive care units, as well as two inpatient units.  

It will also provide work for local builders, sub-contractors and tradespeople throughout construction.  

This significant infrastructure project will create jobs for the community and deliver a big boost to the local economy with 70 per cent of the work being delivered by Hunter New England businesses,

Multiplex will be holding information sessions for interested businesses in the coming months and we’re encouraging people to register their interest by emailing us at HI-JHHIP@health.nsw.gov.au 

The John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct will also support research and innovation, driving collaborations between the health, education and research sectors, to improve patient outcomes. 

The project is part of the NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment in health infrastructure to 2024-25, with nearly a third of the capital allocation in this financial year going towards regional and rural health facilities.   It is scheduled for completion in 2026.