South Australia will soon be home to a new $100 million healthcare precinct, with aims to bolster health and medical innovation, services and employment in northern Adelaide.
The Northern Health Consortium – a syndicate consisting of Barwon Investment Partners and developers Leyton Property and Accord Property – will build this new health and medical precinct as part of the Healthia site adjacent to Lyell McEwin Hospital.
The consortium said it will construct two purpose-built multi-level, clinical buildings for public and private ambulatory care services, mental health services, diagnostic imaging, pathology, general practice services, medical consulting rooms and childcare.
The precinct also aims to support private, public and not-for-profit healthcare services, and forms part of the Barwon Institutional Healthcare Property Fund, which has invested about $500 million into Australian healthcare real estate.
According to the consortium, the development will create “one of the largest health and medical precincts in South Australia”, in addition to creating approximately 150 ongoing jobs once the precinct opens.
Accord Property Managing Director Lachy Hogarth said the build is a positive step for the community and will drive better healthcare and research for economic and social benefits in the region.
“There’s a clear shortfall in community medical services in the region. As such, we will work closely with key public, private and non-for-profit stakeholders throughout the development process to deliver a first-class facility for the community,” he said.
“This project will create local jobs, not only during construction, but offer long-term skilled employment for the area. We’re delighted to be able to work in collaboration with such an experienced project team to deliver these vital health and medical facilities.”
Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2020 ahead of its anticipated completion in 2021.
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The creation of this healthcare precinct is similar to the vision that the NSW Government presented in 2017, with the proposed combination of the University of New South Wales and Randwick hospitals into a mega-campus. Commissioning of this building is planned for early 2023.
The NSW Government also recently contributed $740 million towards a new world-class health, research and education precinct in Liverpool in Sydney’s west. Located at Liverpool Hospital, the precinct aims to create a hub for innovation and emerging technologies, boost the economy and create jobs growth.
The move also follows the Victorian Government announcing plans to create the Australian Medical Robotics Academy in Melbourne’s Parkville precinct, to train surgeons to conduct minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer and other conditions.
The Australian Medical Robotics Academy is expected to be completed by the end of this year.