K-Block gets on its feet

Progress on the $689 million RHH Redevelopment is powering ahead with significant work progressing on K-Block’s structural foundations.

Passers-by can see the large vacant footprint on Campbell Street that will be Tasmania’s new state-of-the-art health facility.

The Royal Hobart’s new K-Block will provide more beds, more operating and procedure rooms and contemporary facilities.

As scheduled, in ground works including detailed excavations, structural retaining walls and piling works are now progressing.

Concrete laid in the centre of the site marks the bottom of the 12 lift wells for K-Block with more concrete pours and installation of precast concrete elements to continue.

Preparations are also underway for the arrival of the first of the two tower cranes in July.

The concrete footing, that will secure the base of the crane, is also under construction.

These works follow on from the successful demolition and removal of building materials over the first half of this year.

John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture (JHFJV) Board Directors, Trevor Hall and Craig Edmunds, said the combined construction experience of the JHFJV and demolition sub-contractor Hazell Bros had minimised the construction disruption experienced by patients, staff and neighbours to date.

“JHFJV are encouraged by the construction progress, and particularly the successful and safe completion of the complex demolition phase,” John Holland Executive General Manager - VIC/SA/TAS Mr Hall said.

“A great deal of time has gone into making sure that demolition and excavation were carried out to plan, so we were pleased that these activities have been completed successfully and without incident,” Fairbrother CEO Mr Edmunds said.

Practical completion of K-Block is scheduled for mid-2019.

The RHH Redevelopment is a joint Australian and Tasmanian Government funded initiative.

15 Jun 2017