RHH Redevelopment Update

The RHH Redevelopment is delivering a state-of-the-art health facility for generations of Tasmanians to come.

Tasmania’s largest ever health infrastructure project will face challenges and these will continue to be addressed prudently and responsibly.

The RHH Redevelopment has provided an update report to Government, detailing progress to date and challenges they are working through.

The report outlines the need for rectification works to the temporary inpatient facility and to address fire rectification issues and the greater than anticipated asbestos containing materials found in the areas of the hospital being refurbished.

Importantly, the report notes that air testing is routinely conducted in construction zones and adjacent areas and all air tests to date have been clean.

As a result of these unforeseeable events, it is now expected the redevelopment will be finished in mid-2019, unless the Managing Contractor can make up the time that has been lost in delay.

The project remains on budget, and the contract includes significant incentives for the Managing Contractor to minimise delays and make up time, rising to $35 000 a day after 60 days beyond the date for practical completion.

Viable options to mitigate delays will be assessed by the Managing Contractor and the RHH Redevelopment, but will be undertaken only if it delivers a facility that is safe and fit for purpose.

Given the ongoing program review and resolution of associated commercial matters, further speculation on these issues may compromise the Government’s legal rights under the contract.

The report has been tabled in Parliament and is available online here - Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Status Update.

17 Aug 2016