Tenders are now open for an early construction works package for the multi-million dollar new Roma Hospital in Queensland. Local businesses will be given the best opportunities to win work for this project with the new Buy Queensland strategy.
According to Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick, the successful tenderer for this package will be announced in late October and works are expected to commence soon after.
“Our Buy Queensland policy unashamedly backs local jobs.
“We will be applying up to a 30% local weighting in these projects and I encourage all eligible local companies to throw their hat in for the work,” Mr Dick said.
The Minister added that the Department of Health has reviewed the funding for this project in order to ensure the current level of investment will meet future requirements.
“Following this review, a submission was made and accepted by the Palaszczuk Government to increase the allocation for the new hospital from $70 million to $90.4 million.
“We are determined as a government to ensure the new Roma Hospital meets the health care needs and expectations of the Roma, Maranoa and broader South West communities well into the future,” Mr Dick said.
The new Roma Hospital project is part of the Queensland Government’s $180 million Enhancing Regional Hospitals program. The hospital is going to be built specifically to meet the needs of the region as well as to reflect the latest advancements in healthcare and technology.
The new Roma Hospital will feature:
- 18 single rooms including palliative care and mental health care, two two-bed patient rooms and two birth suites, all with ensuites
- The ground floor area will include a large shaded entrance, emergency department, medical imaging department, rehabilitation gym, café, allied health treatment areas, pharmacy and separate area for kitchen, laundry, stores and maintenance services
- Entrance on McDowall Street
- Six accommodation units for families with patients in hospital, pregnant women waiting to birth, or people having to travel long distances for day surgery
- Inpatient unit and birth suites will open to an outdoor landscaped area
- Perioperative suite including two operating theatres, as well as education and training services and administration and staff facilities, will be on the first floor
- The new hospital will include energy efficiency measures based on passive building design – including shading, insulation, building orientation and extent of glass and increased efficiency of plant and equipment
- Free parking for 220 vehicles including a staff car park
The new hospital is expected to be completed by 2020.
Source: Queensland Government