Concrete steps taken towards new car park
10 Sep 2018
Nepean Hospital’s major expansion and upgrade has reached another milestone with the first concrete slab poured for the new multi-storey car park.
The car park, which is being constructed on the corner of Parker Street and Barber Avenue, is part of the NSW Government’s $576 million Stage 1 Nepean Redevelopment.
Minister for Western Sydney and Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres and Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies watched on as the first of 45 trucks arrived to deliver approximately 650 tonnes of concrete for the car park’s ground slab.
The construction of the new multi-storey car park was expected to be finished in mid-2019.
Mr Ayres says the car park will provide more than 600 car spaces, including 14 accessible car spaces and a new roof top helipad.
“We’ve prioritised the car park to free up space to construct a world-class hospital tower that will deliver an expanded emergency department, more than 200 overnight beds, more than 12 new operating theatres, 18 birthing suites and a new neonatal intensive care unit,” says Mr Ayres.
Diz Footprints trainees with Tanya Davies, Stuarts Ayres, NBMLHD Board Chair Peter Collins and Daniel Pitton from NSW Health Infrastructure
Also onsite for the concrete pour were five local Aboriginal high school students who have been selected to participate in a construction trainee program lead by building contractors, CPB in partnership with Aboriginal learning organisation Diz Footprints.
Mrs Davies says the program provides mentorship and a career pathway for Aboriginal Year 10 students wanting to learn a construction trade.
"The Diz Footprints program provides a unique opportunity for students to continue their high school education while gaining hands-on construction experience at one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Western Sydney,” says Mrs Davies.
“It’s an excellent headstart for students who are interested in a rewarding career in construction trades such as brick laying, carpentry, electrics and plumbing.”
Five students will pilot the program at the start of term four this year, with plans to extend the program to more local students when construction of the new hospital tower starts early next year.
In March 2018, the NSW Government announced an additional $450 million to deliver a second stage of the Nepean Redevelopment. Early planning for this second stage has commenced and construction will start when Stage 1 is complete.