This $60 million redevelopment involved a major upgrade of the Inverell Health Service, including a refurbished facility, enhanced services and a new three storey modern hospital adjacent to and connected with the existing brick hospital building, which had heritage considerations
BG&E provided the civil and structural concept, schematic and detailed design for Inverell Hospital Stage 1A, which features a new hospital building with an emergency department, inpatient unit, paediatric zone, maternity ward, palliative care, medical imaging, day surgery, renal dialysis, operating theatre, central sterilising department, kiosk, reception and admissions and a mortuary.
BG&E has also completed the concept, schematic and tender design phases for Inverell Hospital Stage 1B, which involves the modification of the existing brick and timber hospital building for community health usage, with wards being reconfigured for consultation rooms and offices. Existing loadbearing brick walls were removed to suit the new layout with limited space for new structure, which posed design challenges. Also the structure needed strengthening for Australian Standards 3850 Seismic Strengthening requirements.
The construction included piled and pad footings, slab on ground, post-tensioned suspended slabs and lightweight steel roof framing. The scope expanded to include additional CT scanning rooms and facilities, which required collaboration with the other consultants and incorporation of the amendments into the design.
Completed in 2020, the improved hospital offers patients in the surrounding communities a modern facility with expanded services that can operate at increased capacity.