Weeks to build
An extensive and rigorous tendering process conducted by the Queensland Government resulted in Hutchinson Builders being selected to construct the first modular hospital in Queensland.
Located 850km north-west of Brisbane, the sheer remoteness of the site called for an innovative approach and precise sequencing to meet the tight 27 week programme. This was able to be achieved due to the ability to overlap site work and modular construction of the buildings which was conducted in Hutches modular yards off site.
Installation of building services for the hospital was particularly challenging to ensure optimum functionality of the state-of-the-art facilities. The restricted space required every single area to operate perfectly, with a functional flow to the hospital overall. The ultimate challenge was to provide a contemporary facility that looked and felt in-situ, but brought all the cost and programme benefits of a modular installation.
The success of this project will result in the roll-out of 47 new quality communities health centres across the most isolated areas of Queensland. We've recently also just completed the new Alpha Emergency Hub which is a larger format modular collocated health and emergency services facilities.
As the first modular hospital in Queensland, the health facility is a pilot project for Queensland Health designed and developed by Hutchinson Builders using the unique design and construction. Working in partnership with the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and the Moura community, Queensland Health ensured the new facility included room for growth and was based on a model of care that worked with public and private services. The hospital has a state-of-the-art emergency department, two modern inpatient beds, short-stay treatment bay and outpatient treatment facilities.
Health Infrastructure Branch