What is the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct?
The $740 million Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct (LHAP) will redevelop Liverpool Hospital into an international hub of medical excellence, research and education, providing a significant boost in health services to South Western Sydney’s booming population through an expansion of the hospital’s emergency department, neonatal intensive care, maternity and children’s services, and ambulatory and outpatient care.
How will Liverpool benefit from the redevelopment?
The redevelopment will provide enhanced healthcare and services for the community, close to home. This increased capacity will be complemented by expanded clinical services, public spaces and car parking, and integrated with research and teaching facilities to help ensure that Liverpool Hospital meets the needs of the growing community.
As one of the state’s biggest infrastructure projects, the employment opportunities generated through the redevelopment will boost the local economy, both during construction and on completion, and our staff will have the opportunity to work in a modern facility that supports their ongoing development.
What is the value of the redevelopment?
The NSW Government is investing $740 million in the redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital, building on the previous $397 million redevelopment completed in 2012.
An additional $50 million has been committed for a new multi-storey car park which will replace the smaller existing multi-storey car park on the site, providing 500 additional spaces across campus.
Is the redevelopment a public-private partnership?
No. The redevelopment is fully funded by the NSW Government.
What will the new Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct include?
- Larger emergency department, intensive care unit and more theatres
- Expanded neonatal intensive care unit and children’s services
- Enhanced maternity and women’s health services
- Integrated cancer services
- Increased ambulatory care services and outpatient clinics
- New multi-storey car park with improved pick-up and drop-off points.
What happens to the existing hospital?
The new Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct will incorporate some of the existing hospital buildings and include the refurbishment of others. Demolition of some buildings will also be required, including the remainder of the Ron Dunbier building and the old ambulance station as part of early works, and all existing buildings on Goulburn Street as part of main works (including Thomas and Rachel Moore Education Centre, Alex Grimson building, Cancer Therapy Centre and Pathology. There will be no reduction in the quality of patient care, and those affected by relocations and/or temporary movement of services will be provided with appropriate notification.
Will patient care be impacted during construction?
Patients will experience no reduction in the high quality of care provided by Liverpool Hospital. Disruptions will be minimised and those affected will be informed of any planned changes.
Will there be enough staff for the increase in services?
The redevelopment will be supported by a workforce plan to train, recruit and retain staff to meet the future growth of Liverpool Hospital.
Will construction impact car parking?
While every effort will be made to maintain existing parking for patients and visitors, as work progresses, there may be changes to vehicle access and car parking on campus and in surrounding streets. Disruptions will be minimised and those affected informed of any planned changes. Please allow extra time to find parking, and for your safety, follow traffic signage and directions.
Will there be enough parking for the precinct?
There will be additional parking as part of the redevelopment, with dedicated parking areas for staff and visitors, more drop off and pick up points and improved flow of vehicles through the precinct.
When will construction begin?
Early works commenced in early 2020, with main works due to commence in 2021.
What does early works involve?
Early works refers to the activities required to help prepare the site for construction. For the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct, early works includes:
- Ground works to facilitate underground service changes and upgrades, both on site and in streets surrounding the hospital
- Road works, including realignment of Burnside Drive/Entrance J
- Demolition of the disused Ron Dunbier building and old ambulance station
- Construction of a temporary education facility on Eastern Campus
- Reconfiguration and connection of P1 and P3 car parks
- Temporary relocation of engineering office, distribution centre and telephone switch room
- New kitchen facility
- New mortuary
- Helipad upgrade.
When will the redevelopment be completed?
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2026.
Will there be noise and dust during construction?
Noise, vibration and dust are normal in the construction process and will be managed to minimise any impacts.
When will construction of the new car park begin?
Once approvals have been received, construction of the new multi-storey car park is expected to commence in the second half of 2020.
Will services be impacted?
As the project is taking place on the existing hospital site, it is essential that works are staged to minimise the day to day operations of the staff and clinicians in providing patient care.
What stage is the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct up to?
Each project usually includes three main stages – Planning, Design and Delivery – all of which include several steps. As at early 2020, the LHAP project has progressed through the schematic design phase, which sets out the range of services the hospital will offer and the general look and feel of buildings and spaces. Work on detailed design, in which the furniture, fixtures and fittings are considered, will commence in mid-2020.
Alongside the continuation of the design process, the ‘delivery’ stage is also underway with the commencement of early works to prepare the site. These works will continue throughout 2020.
Learn more about the complex process of building a hospital at https://www.hinfra.health.nsw.gov.au/our-business/how-to-build-a-hospital
How can I keep up to date with what is happening?
We’re committed to sharing regular updates on the project with our staff and community. To stay in the know:
- Visit www.lhap.health.nsw.gov.au
- Follow @LiverpoolHospital on Facebook
- Register for the monthly newsletter by emailing SWSLHD-LHAP@health.nsw.gov.au or calling (02) 8738 6670
Our project team is keen to spread the word about this exciting redevelopment project. If your community group or organisation would like to learn more, reach out by emailing or calling us to discuss opportunities for a group presentation by a project team representative/s.
Thank you for your patience as we build the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.