Orange Base Hospital

DesignInc Sydney in a joint venture with STH of Melbourne are appointed to design Orange Hospital. This $214 million capital investment by the NSW Government will include a new General Hospital, two new Mental Health facilities, and the upgrade/re-configuration of four existing buildings for a mixed use of mental health facilities and hospital administration. The joint venture is also responsible for all associated site works, including new carparking, landscaping, and covered links.

The new health campus will be built on the Bloomfield Hospital site and includes numerous heritage buildings once used to care for the mentally ill. The design team’s strategy for the project has endeavoured to retain and respect the site’s heritage masterplanning, as well as enhancing public amenities. Designers took clues from the existing heritage buildings and landscapes to draw out opportunities in the expression in the façade and roof scape.

The redevelopment represents the biggest investment in health infrastructure outside the metropolitan area, according to NSW Minister for Health, Reba Meagher, and includes:

-A $160 million redevelopment of the Orange Base Hospital

-A $34 million construction of new tertiary mental health facilities

-$18.8 million for new cancer radiation therapy facilities

--$1.6 million for oral health facilities

The project represents the first Government/private sector partnership in the Central West. “The public private partnership model means we are able to deliver an upgrade to vital health services under the one contract and at better value than a standard public sector arrangement,” Ms Meagher said.

The Orange Hospital PPP redevelopment is scheduled for completion in April 2010.


New South Wales