UNSW is one step closer to realising its shared objective of bringing the health and university campuses in Randwick closer together.
Construction of the $780 million Prince of Wales Hospital Integrated Acute Services Building has reached its highest point, marking a key milestone for Randwick’s new health and innovation precinct.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard joined UNSW Chancellor David Gonski, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs and Dean of UNSW Medicine & Health Professor Vlado Perkovic on Monday to celebrate the topping out.
Ms Berejiklian says the state-of-the-art hospital building is a key feature of the $1.5 billion investment in the precinct.
“This new hospital building will deliver first class healthcare services to support the community as it grows, while opening up opportunities for ground-breaking health and education partnerships,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The community will also benefit from a real economic boost, with around 600 new jobs created through the building’s construction alone, and potential for thousands more flow-on jobs over the project’s lifetime.”
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government has partnered with UNSW to deliver contemporary clinical spaces to provide the best possible healthcare for patients into the future.
“This partnership will give the precinct a competitive edge on the global stage for health advancements, research and education,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Together we will bring innovative treatments and medical advancements from the bench top to the bedside to improve health outcomes for our community.”
Professor Jacobs said the physical and working integration which will take place in the new building is significant.
“This is a monumental day for our shared vision with NSW Health. We are excited to see how our collaboration and expertise will create a research and innovation environment that will improve health care in Sydney and NSW,” he said.
The building will include a new emergency department, extra inpatient beds, a new helipad, intensive care unit, aged care services, a new psychiatric emergency care centre and shared operating theatres for the campus when it opens in 2022.
The Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct is the realisation of a 60-year objective of UNSW to bring the health and university campuses closer together – and it will be the largest co-located health precinct in NSW.
UNSW is a foundation partner with Sydney Children’s Hospital, Health Infrastructure, and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District at the Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct.
Under the next phase of the Randwick Campus Redevelopment within the precinct, Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre are on track to be completed in 2025 and UNSW Health Translation Hub is scheduled to open in 2026.