NSW Premier and Minister for Health tour Northern Beaches Hospital site
Despite the record amount of rain in Frenchs Forest NSW, the Northern Beaches Hospital build is on schedule.
And to celebrate construction progress, NSW Premier Mike Baird joined Health Minister Jillian Skinner to tour the hospital site and see first-hand how the Healthscope facility is rising from the ground.
"This is the time it starts to get really exciting. The hospital leaps from the ground and the community starts to see what is going to be a world-class health facility for this community,"Â the Premier said as he toured the 6.5 hectare site with Project Director Deborah Latta.
"The two large cranes which loom over this site are visible signs to the people of the Northern Beaches that we are getting on with the job of building a world-class hospital on their doorstep.
During the peak of construction, 700 people will be employed on site so this project is good for the economy, as well as ensuring the future health needs of our region," the Premier said.
Mrs Skinner said: "It is so exciting to witness the progress on the Northern Beaches Hospital, which is on track to open in late 2018. The community will be able to choose to receive public or private services in a world-class,integrated hospital."
Principal Rosemary McDowall and engineering students from neighbouring Forest High School accompanied the Premier and Minister as they walked the site.
"It's fantastic having the hospital project next door to the school. There are so many links between education and health; it really is an exciting time for Frenchs Forest. Healthscope has already provided many wonderful opportunities for the students and this will continue throughout the build and after the hospital opens." Ms McDowall said.
To mark the occasion, the Premier and Forest High School student Sophie Jukes left handprints in freshly poured concrete which will be set and displayed in the hospital gardens when it opens in 2018.
The nine-storey hospital will include 488 beds, 50-space emergency department, 14 operating theatres, intensive care and critical care units, an inpatient mental health facility, 1,400 car spaces and a helipad.
To see the construction progress, view the hospital time lapse video at northernbeacheshospital.com.au