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    Jacobs and Fitzpatrick+Partners unveil Gosford Hospital expansion plans

    Nathan Johnson

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    A massive $350 million redevelopment of Gosford Hospital on the NSW Central Coast is on the cards, but rests on land acquisitions, road closures and consent for building demolition.

    Refurbishment and upgrade plans for the existing hospital building have been submitted by Jacobs architects alongside an application for a brand new Health and Wellbeing Precinct (HWP) designed by Fitzpatrick+Partners that would be located on land east of the existing hospital.

    The contribution from Jacobs, an international professional services company that has delivered massive infrastructure projects all over the globe, would see the demolition of some existing buildings, major and minor refurbishment works to existing facilities and a brand new eleven storey building fit with a rooftop helipad.

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    TOP: The base of the building would be sandstone and pre-cast concrete stone while glazed areas would be decorated with horizontal light coloured metal finished panels with dark metal window frames.
    ABOVE: Site plan shows buildings to be demolished (red) and existing buildings to be refurbished (grey) 

    The Fitzpatrick+Partners-designed HWP rests on the acquisition from the NSW Government of more than 10 nearby properties and would see two buildings and a multi-storey carpark constructed and linked to the existing hospital by a pedestrian link.

    The Precinct would include two admin buildings (five-levels and four levels respectively), a six-level carpark and a host of retail facilities, landscaped areas and plazas.  The core component of the HWP is the new entry hub and pedestrian plaza that, combined with the vehicle drop-off and car park entry, provides a single, visible and identifiable entrance for the hospital.

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    The project is currently up public feedback on the NSW Planning Site.

    A Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements report submitted by the NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment suggests that there is also future scope for the expansion of the HWP.

    Planning and early works have already begun and main works construction is due to start in early 2016. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2019.


    Credits:
    Existing plans by Jacobs
    Health and Well Being Precinct by Fitzpatrick+Partners

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