Jacobs selected for $580m Sydney hospital expansion

US engineer Jacobs has been awarded a US$580m contract by the government of New South Wales (NSW) to expand Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA).

Jacobs’ scope of work on RPA’s stage 1 redevelopment includes interior and exterior design as well as health planning services for a new building and the  refurbishment of existing spaces.

The project will add adult inpatient beds and expand the emergency department, intensive care unit, medical imaging services and operating theatres, as well as the maternity, birthing and neonatal services.

The development has been fast-tracked by a year by the NSW government’s Covid-19 recovery plan, which aims to create jobs and boost the economy.

Patrick Hill, Jacobs’ executive vice president, said: "We’ve worked collaboratively with Health Infrastructure for more than 10 years to design world-leading, technology-forward, award winning healthcare facilities for local communities and our appointment on this project is testament to this successful partnership.

"Thoughtful and tactical staging of the work is critical to this project and we’ll draw on our strong relationship with key stakeholders and working knowledge of hospital operations to reduce the impacts on hospital staff, patients and the delivery of patient care."

Image: The RPA Hospital (J Bar/CC BY 3.0)

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