Construction Update – March 2014

Posted 26.03.14

It's all about building the structure this month at the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital construction site and you will start to see site become a prominent feature in the skyline. The structure is predominately concrete and steel with all of the concrete being supplied by local plants in surrounding areas

All right hand turns from the Kawana Health Campus onto Kawana Way and the right hand turn from Kawana Way into the Campus are now in place for construction traffic, allowing more efficient traffic flow to minimise disruption to local traffic.

The public hospital powers up!

The public hospital construction site is now running on its permanent electricity feeds. This means the site does not have to rely on the many generators that were required over the past 12 months of operation, resulting in a more energy efficient site.

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Construction on the public hospital's main car park begins 

Construction of the second multi-storey, eight level car park 'P1' has commenced.
This car park will provide over 2,760 parking bays dedicated for staff, students and visitors and will open at the end of 2016 in line with the opening of the new public hospital.

In-ground hydraulics and electrical works have already commenced, along with pile caps, which are the thick concrete blocks that transfer the weight of the building into the piles. Lift pits and the ground floor slab will also commence this month.

Construction of the car park will ramp up from the end of April and start to peak in June. There will be two tower-cranes installed on the car park; the first tower-crane is scheduled to be installed at Easter time and will be named by students from the Nambour Paediatric School.

The screens at the southern end of the car park will be fitted in June, and this will allow the first suspended deck to be poured. The screens will stand three storeys high and provide an indication of the epic size of the car park, which will be similar in scale to Brisbane Airport's domestic and international terminal car parks once complete.

Main Hospital ground floor complete

Works on the suspended slab of the ground floor of the main hospital building are almost completed, with the stairs and pre-cast concrete walls being installed beginning from the ground floor to level one.

Level one works will continue throughout April, with level two commencing mid-May.
Works are proceeding on the East building of the main hospital, which houses the teaching facilities. The Hub, the dedicated 'town square' and meeting place of the building, has commenced foundations.

The final tower crane will be in place in mid-April, bringing the total number of cranes on the main hospital building to seven.

The Cancer Care Linear Accelerator Bunker walls and roof are now completed in the East building. The bunkers will be used to accommodate radiation therapy, which is 18,000 times more powerful than an x-ray.

Please note that dust mitigations measures are in place during this busy time. This includes wetting down, seeding (to establish grass), and the placement of gravel and bitumen on internals roads. Wetting down includes a full time watering truck on-site that has a designated route around the construction site. The watering truck loops around the site to ensure that dust is kept to a minimum whilst construction works are underway.

As construction activity increases, more of the site will be covered by buildings, which will reduce the amount of disturbed areas. We appreciate our neighbouring stakeholder's patience whilst this takes place.

The Work Shop is now officially open

The official office for The Work Shop, the construction training and recruitment centre for the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital, has opened on the site.

Over 400 registrations have been received since the launch of The Work Shop, and since the largest contractor's commenced work on the main hospital building in January, nearly 50 jobseekers have been connected with these companies.

The team welcomes you to drop in to the office, located on the public hospital site at Barny Moy Road, off Kawana Way in Birtinya. Opening hours are 7.00am – 5.00pm.

Currently The Work Shop is looking for labourers, carpenters and foremen.

Visit for more information, email - or drop in and say hello to the team.

Contact us

For general construction enquiries (non-employment related) or to register for the
above construction updates, contact Lend Lease on:

Freecall: 1800 302 021
Mail: GPO Box 2479, Brisbane QLD 4001

About the project

The $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital project is a State
Government initiative to address the growing health service needs of the Sunshine
Coast community. The public hospital will open with about 450 beds in 2016,
growing to a 738 bed facility by 2021.

Construction Update – March 2014
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