Building a better future at the Nepean Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1

February 22, 2023
  • People and community
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Project

The employment, training and engagement of local people and companies was an important part of  CPB Contractors’ successful delivery of the Nepean Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1.

At the commencement of the project, 36% of our workforce was from the Greater Western Sydney region and 26% of CPB’s project workforce were women, a high figure in the construction industry.

As one of Australia’s leading construction companies, CPB is also working to increase Aboriginal participation in infrastructure projects. At Nepean we achieved an Aboriginal participation spend of almost $28 million – which exceeded our target by $10 million.

Camillo Masci, CPB Contractors Executive General Manager Building, said: “There are few things more important to a community than the health services a major hospital provides. The CPB Contractors team is very proud to have built the facilities needed to provide high quality health care, while also generating training and career development opportunities for local people.”

The redevelopment provides improved health services for the communities of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains and includes: 

  • A new 14-storey hospital tower 
  • A new and expanded Emergency Department 
  • 16 new operating theatres 
  • 18 birthing suites in new accommodation, an increase of ten 
  • A new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 
  • More than 200 overnight beds in new accommodation 
  • A new multi-storey car park featuring a roof-top helipad 
  • New community health services 
  • Expansion of Nepean Cancer Care services.

The redevelopment involved the delivery of major infrastructure in a live hospital environment. There were major services relocated and complex interfaces with existing facilities, but the early identification and mitigation of environmental risks ensured minimal impact to hospital operations, and there were no major environmental incidents or complaints. Initiatives included:

  • Comprehensive environmental testing: The project team undertook additional geotechnical testing, soil sampling and inground services investigations during the ECI phase. These investigations resulted in early access for services diversions and reduced risk of damage to live inground services, mitigating the risk of disruption to hospital operations 
  • Award-winning community and stakeholder engagement: The project team collaborated closely with stakeholders to manage disruptive works and minimise impact to patients, staff and the community. Actions taken included acoustic hoarding, testing and monitoring to minimise noise impacts to the neighbouring childcare centre; ensuring safe pedestrian and vehicular access to the hospital; and a community engagement campaign during the planning and design phase. 

CPB Contractors has been selected by the NSW Government to deliver the main works construction on the Nepean Hospital Redevelopment Stage 2.

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