About the Redevelopment

The $689 million RHH Redevelopment project is jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments.

The project has been reset for success so the new inpatient facility known as K-Block can be built with confidence.

The approved K-Block will now be built with important additions including:

  • a safer construction methodology allowing key acute services to stay on site but away from the day to day disruption of construction and still have access to critical medical facilities and security
  • a fully costed decanting and refurbishment plan including the construction of the temporary facility in the Liverpool Street
  • an improved design which will increase the floor area of levels 2 and 3 by an additional 1400m². This will allow increased space for mental health services including more outdoor recreational space
  • an improved design for the maternity ward that will increase the number of single bed rooms for women who have had caesareans or complex births
  • the addition of a crucial helipad for emergency aeromedical retrievals and
  • the accelerated replacement of the hyperbaric chamber.

An improved K-Block design will provide better clinical facilities for Tasmanians and will be delivered on time and to budget.

Construction on the new K-Block will commence in 2016 and it will be delivered by late 2018.

For more information on the investigation of the RHH Redevelopment Rescue Taskforce between June and November 2014 see here www.rhhrescuetaskforce.tas.gov.au

Proposed K-Block Construction Program

The Guaranteed Construction Sum (GCS) accepted in December 2015, confirmed completion of the new inpatient building by the end of 2018 and provided an indicative schedule of works.

The Managing Contractor for the RHH Redevelopment is a joint venture of John Holland a large Tier 1 contractor with extensive hospital construction experience, combined with Fairbrother with extensive Tasmanian construction experience.

The Managing Contractor knows how best to deliver the project on time, and it is responsible for planning and programming the works.

The schedule of works, such as when floor slabs are poured, will be monitored to assess progress however.

Updates on construction milestones will be released every six months. Read more - Building K-Block - Key Dates.

The Phases of the Redevelopment

RHH Redevelopment is transforming Australia's second oldest hospital into a modern, contemporary health facility for generations of Tasmanians to come.

This is our State's largest ever health infrastructure project.

Patients, clients, visitors, families, staff and the wider community will all benefit from:

  • improved facilities for patients
  • expanded clinical space
  • a more comfortable environment for patients
  • enhanced safety and infection control
  • a sustainable design delivering long-term efficiencies in resource use
  • capacity for future expansion and
  • a hospital that attracts and helps retain staff of the highest calibre.

Tasmanians already have access to many new facilities and services completed under Phases 1 and 2 of the project.

Phase 1 Infrastructure and Essential Capital Work

Wellington Centre airbridge

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The majority of the projects funded under Phase 1 were completed during 2012-13. 

For example, the new Assessment and Planning Unit opened providing more streamlined assessment for acute medical patients. 

The new $5.8 million production kitchen began delivering improved patient food services. The new $9.3 million Medical Imaging Facility opened providing new ultrasound suites and modern equipment including Tasmania's first public PET/CT scanner, funded by the Australian Government. 

The $13 million Wellington Clinics were also opened, providing improved access to outpatient services.

During the 2013-14 financial year, the $14 million Phase 1 redevelopment of the Department of Critical Care Medicine was opened providing the capacity for an additional 11 beds in larger bed bays, an external patient area, new reception area and staff facilities. 

Phase 2 THS-Southern Region Cancer Centre

Cancer Centre on Campbell Street

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THS - Southern Region Cancer Centre was also completed providing improved care for oncology patients and delivering increased access to patient support services.

For more information on Phases 1 and 2 of the RHH Redevelopment see Improved Services and Facilities.

Phase 3 Inpatient Precinct (K-Block)

K Block

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Phase 3 has two stages. Stage 1 commenced with the signing of the Managing Contractor Contract in September 2013. It included the delivery of the Guaranteed Construction Sum (GCS) and early works such as refurbishment works to support the decanting plan.

The GCS is the maximum price payable to the Managing Contractor to perform the agreed scope of work as per the requirements of the Managing Contractor's Contract.

Stage 2 is the construction of K-Block which commences when the GCS is agreed and early works to support the relocation of B-Block services are complete.

Stage 2 will deliver the new K-Block by the end of 2018.

Find out more information on K-Block here.

Find out more information about the GCS here.