Ingham Health Research Institute

Ingham Health Research Institute

Client: The Ingham Health Research Inst.
Architect: MSJ Architects
Delivery Form: Construct Only
Location: Liverpool, NSW
Value: $40.5 m
Completion date: December 2012

The Ingham Health Research Institute is the design and construction of the Ingham Health Research Institute facility comprising five levels of research and laboratory facilities. The structure is comprised of a reinforced concrete frame over a piled basement, glassed & composite panel facades and associated structural steel support framework. Weatherproofing is provided via both metal decking and membrane roofing with associated insulation and ballasting.

The works included an integrated fitout, supply, installation and commissioning of services such as mechanical ventilation, air conditioning, medical gas systems, hydraulic, fire, electrical, security, communications and data services.

During the works our company was contracted to build the new $8m clinical services and skills bunker located adjacent to the new facility to provide care and treatment for people affected by cancer.

Kinghorn Cancer Centre

Kinghorn Cancer Centre

Client: St Vincents Hospital Sydney Ltd & Garvan Inst. Of Medical Research
Architect: Bligh Voller Neild
Delivery Form: Managing Contractor
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW
Value: $81.5 m
Completion date: December 2012

The Kinghorn Cancer Centre (TKCC) is a new cancer research centre that combines Integrated Multi-disciplinary Cancer Care and Translational Cancer Research. The project comprises eight levels of specialist PC2 research laboratories, clinical data management and analysis suites, clinical consulting suites, high level conferencing facilities, multi-disciplinary meeting rooms, patient coordination and clinical services areas and general support spaces. The project is located adjacent to and links into the adjoining Garvan Institute of Medical Research (GIMR) and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) Lowey Packer Building. As the existing facilities remained operational during the project implementation our Project Management Plan was crucial to ensure all variables were well considered and incorporated as appropriate. These facilities have sensitive research equipment and Animal housing facilities that required implementation of strict noise and vibration monitoring and control procedures.

A detailed communication and stakeholder engagement strategy has been developed to ensure ongoing open and transparent communication between all stakeholders. It is essential that communications channels remain open and working effectively to enable the project proceed in a sympathetic and minimally intrusive manner, not only for the GMIR, VCCRI and SVH, but also the local community.

North West Cancer Centre, Tamworth

North West Cancer Centre, Tamworth

Client: NSW Health Infrastructure
Architect: Sliver Thomas Hanley
Delivery Form: Detail Design & Construct
Location: Tamworth, NSW
Value: $18.7 m
Completion date: December 2012

North West Regional Cancer Centre was the construction and commissioning of a two storey regional cancer care centre with two bunkers for radiation treatment, a rooftop plant room, an associated parking area, site works and landscaping. The new cancer centre results in a multifunction facility housing1 commissioned Linear Accelerators, 1 Orthovoltage Treatment Unit, 1 CT scanning facility, planning, research and operational space along with consulting, interview and allied health support spaces.

Narrabri Hospital Redevelopment

Narrabri Hospital Redevelopment

Client: Health Infrastructure NSW
Architect: Thomson Adsett Architects
Delivery Form: Construct Only
Location: Narrabri, NSW
Value: $26.8 m
Completion date: October 2011

This project involves the redevelopment of the Narrabri Hospital which will be undertaken in an operating hospital environment. The works have been undertaken in stages (milestones) to ensure the ongoing hospital operations are not compromised by the construction works.

Milestone 1: Construction of a new Emergency Department with a temporary carpark.

Milestone 2: Demolition of old Emergency Department access ram.

Milestone 3: Construct new hospital buildin.

Milestone 4: Complete earthworks and civil works.

Milestone 5: Construct new site fence; demolition of old buildings; construction of all infrastructure related to milestone 5.

Milestone 6: Construction of the remaining buildings that make up the new Health Service which includes new staff accommodation; new ambulance station.

Neuroscience Research Australia

Neuroscience Research Australia

Client: Prince of Wales Hospital
Architect: Cox Richardson
Delivery Form: Construct Only
Location: Randwick, NSW
Value: $39.7 m
Completion date: August 2011

This project is a six level medical research and neuroscience clinic with double-height basement new entry, administration clinics, canteen and seminar spaces with three levels of PC2 laboratories. Neuroscience Research Australia is internationally recognised by research leaders that relate laboratory based research to clinical research involving patients. The building therefore requires the highest standard of research laboratories including fume cupboards, as well as a fully functional neuroscience clinic. The building will house the following facilities; Brain Bank, Falls and Balance Research Group, Genetic Repositories Australia, Injury Prevention Research Institute, POWMRI Imaging Centre and the Spinal Injuries Research Institute.

Whilst Richard Crookes Constructions was selected on a Construction only contract, a Preferred Contract Services Deed allowed Richard Crookes Constructions to comment on buildability and have design input from the conception stage onwards. This has eliminated any construction risks as mitigation strategies were established from the out-set. The project has a 5 star NABERS rating. Features include glazing, glass, special lighting and approved architectural features on the building façade.

Due to the proximity of highly sensitive equipment and laboratory test mice, noise and vibration monitoring was of critical importance on this project. The employment of a noise and vibration consultant allowed Richard Crookes Constructions to continually monitor acoustic and vibration levels, controlled demolition and heavy machinery (crane/excavator).

Balranald Health Services

Balranald Health Services

Client: Health Infrastructure NSW
Architect: John Blackwood Architects
Delivery Form: Construct Only
Location: Balranald, NSW
Value: $12.7 m
Completion date: February 2011

The Balranald Hospital project includes a new health service facility. The works include demolition works, retention & refurbishment of existing demountable building, refurbishment of the existing old maternity wing into staff accommodation and repair of newly exposed external elements, roads, parking, paving and landscaping.

St Vincents Hospital O’Brien Building

St Vincents Hospital O'Brien Building

Client: St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney
Architect: Bligh Voller Nield
Delivery Form: Design & Construct
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW
Value: $41.5 m
Completion date: March 2010

After the completion of St Vincent’s Hospital O’Brien Building early works, Richard Crookes Constructions was awarded the Contract for the Redevelopment of the O’Brien Building. The design, development and construction of the new building includes seven floors of functional accommodation with four levels of basement carparking for 228 cars. The health services comprise 27 inpatient mental health beds; community mental health team; consultation liaison psychiatry; HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. The alcohol and drug clinic provides patients with a detoxification unit, methadone & buprenophine stabilisation clinic and information / health services. This project is the first fully integrated Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug and Community health facility in Australia. This project is a functional building used for the management of drug and alcohol addicted mental health patients. Careful consideration was made to acoustic issues during the design development.

The hospital building was built within a restrained and busy operating hospital environment. Noise and vibration monitors were put in place and Richard Crookes Constructions adopted construction methods to minimise this during demolition including the use of crushers rather than hammers.

The new seven level reinforced concrete building was joined to the existing Aiken Head Building and heritage listed de Lacy building. The de Lacy Building required significant detailed restoration works to the façade which was completed in consultation with the architects and heritage consultants.

Royal Prince Albert Hospital Redevelopment Stage 2A

Royal Prince Albert Hospital Redevelopment Stage 2A

Client: NSW Dept of Commerce
Architect: Silver Thomas Hanley Daryl Jackson
Delivery Form: Detail Design & Construct
Location: Camperdown, NSW
Value: $29.7 m
Completion date: March 2007

The RPA Hospital development was a five level reinforced concrete research facility and renovation to the existing heritage pavilion (Victorian Pavilion) incorporating the complete fitout, and commissioning of both buildings. The project included five levels of PC2 laboratories. The work includes the supply and installation of services such as mechanical ventilation, air conditioning, pneumatic tube systems, medical gas systems, hydraulic, fire, electrical, security, communications and data services as well as specialist radiology and noxious laboratory waste management services. All works were done in compliance with the NABERS rating.

Due to the location of the site within the hospital campus and the fact that the site adjoins the University of Sydney campus, extensive planning and coordination was undertaken by our project team to ensure minimum disruption was caused to hospital services, staff, patients and visitors. It was imperative that the hospital surrounding the construction site remained fully operational throughout the course of Stage 2A redevelopment works.

As part of our project planning we developed a medivac / helicopter strategy as our site and associated tower crane and material handling requirements were within the hospitals flight paths. This strategy was carefully monitored by our site staff in conjunction with the hospitals security and medivac aerial services.

This project won two Master Builders Association “Excellence in Construction” Awards in State and National categories for Public Buildings.

Marrickville Community Centre

Marrickville Community Centre

Client: NSW Dept of Commerce
Architect: Suters Architects Pty Ltd
Delivery Form: Construct Only
Location: Marrickville, NSW
Value: $5.9 m
Completion date: June 2006

The community health centre is a three level building providing early childhood, child adolescent & family health, migrant health, mental health, sexual health & community nursing services. The project was built over two levels and included offices and consulting rooms with a one level undercroft carpark, plant room and storeroom facilities.