Sydney Western Area Health Service
February 2004 to April 2008
Westmead Hospital is one of the largest tertiary-level health facilities in metropolitan Sydney, delivering high-level healthcare services for the community. The comprehensive program of health services reform at the hospital comprised a mix of new and refurbished building works within, around and on top of the fully-operating complex.
The WIN (Western Integrated Network) Stage 1W project included the procurement of a new critical care centre, allied health facilities, women’s health and newborn care centres, cancer services, renal wards and engineering infrastructure. Under our WIN partner arrangement with SWAHS, throughout the course of the project Thiess took on additional scope to meet the evolving requirements of the hospital. Originally planned as six milestones, the project evolved to encompass 12 separate packages of works. Each milestone required consultation, brief consolidation, design development, documentation, construction and commissioning.
This project was unique in that it was delivered under a GC21 Managing Contractor contract, specifically written for the Westmead project, built on the principles of partnership with early warning of issues and financial matters being resolved “by agreement”. As Managing Contractor for the project, Thiess accepted the risk of design and management fees while collaborating with the client to develop a design and construction solution that satisfied pre-established budgets, priorities and programs. The contract also required Thiess to warrant the project cost for each milestone when the developed design was at a stage that it could be effectively priced.
A major challenge was to minimise disruption to the ongoing operations of the hospital. The staged nature of the works was dictated by significant decanting of existing departments to refurbished temporary locations. Completion was achieved in April 2008, two months ahead of the contract completion date of July 2008 for all milestones.