Client name: NSW Health Infrastructure

Duration: May 2016 - October 2018

Location: Taree, NSW, Australia

Total project value: $22M 

Coffey’s invaluable experience in operational environments delivers this challenging project on time on budget with minimal disruption.

In 2016 NSW Health Infrastructure engaged Coffey to project manage the implementation stages of the Manning and Muswellbrook Hospital redevelopment projects as a concurrent package.

The projects are of comparable size and include the provision of similar outpatient clinical services.

We assisted Health Infrastructure with the procurement of consultants and contractors and managed this project from the development of schematic design through to contract completion, client fit out and occupation.

Future-proofing design paves way for cost effective vertical expansion 

The project involved the demolition of an existing single deck carpark, and the staged development of a multi-deck car park and construction of a new facility for the provision of outpatient services. The area has limited car parking available, so we also managed an independent, early works design and construction package of a 150-space multistorey carpark.

This two-storey building included Renal Dialysis and Chemotherapy outpatient services on the first floor, an expansion shell space on the second floor and a basement car park.

Robust stakeholder engagement keeps project on track

For Government projects, comprehensive communication strategies and robust governance structures are critical for success. Throughout the design and construction phase, our project team was responsible for diligently managing stakeholder consultation and regular reporting on project status to the Project Control Group and Health Infrastructure Executive Steering Committee.

Innovative strategies find solutions for this challenging site 

The head contractor commenced construction of the main building in May 2017 and works completed in October 2018. 

We faced several design and construction challenges due to the sloping site, the rock foundations and the fact that the site was tightly nestled in between existing buildings and the high street.

Health Infrastructure relied on us to manage the head contractor through the construction of this project, and the significant interfaces with the existing hospital. This required close consultation and detailed management to minimise disruption of existing operations.

Early risk detection ensures cost effective solutions with minimal disruption to the hospital 

Through diligent risk management, many of the challenges we encountered were identified early.  The relocation of overhead powerlines from the street to mitigate WHS risks and associated costs also reduced the cost of future anticipated works. A comprehensive Notice of Disruption process provided early warning of disruptive works which aided in minimising the impact on the operating hospital.

Our team's extensive experience in managing projects within an operational environment was invaluable in identifying potential coordination issues and negotiating safe, cost effective solutions to minimise disruption without impacting the works program.

Overall a high-quality project was delivered on time and on budget with minimal disruption to the existing operations.

The successful of this project has resulted in the client extending our engagement to manage the design and delivery of a Medical Imaging Department that will now occupy the expansion space in this new building.