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Thiess awarded hospital expansion

5 Jul 12 Queensland Health has awarded Thiess a AU$205m (£135m) contract to construct stages three and four of the Townsville Hospital redevelopment.

Under the contract, Thiess will deliver the hospital’s clinical support and services building, expansion of cancer care facilities, a clinical ward block and the pathology laboratory expansion.

Managing director Bruce Munro said that the new contract is the largest in the redevelopment of the Townsville hospital thus far. “Delivering health infrastructure has its own unique set of skills due to the complex nature of services required and the challenge of integrating construction work with an operational hospital,” he said.

Thiess has been central to the Townsville Hospital redevelopment since 2009 having completed stage one and currently delivering stage two. Work on stages three and four will start immediately.

“Eighty percent of the subcontractors engaged on stages one and two of the hospital are from the local region and we look forward to a similar level of local involvement under the new contract,” said Thiess executive general manager construction Ric Buratto. “The local subcontractors we engage can look forward to a continuation of work in a best-practice safety environment with exposure to a wide array of construction skills.”

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