Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Western Australia Treasurer Christian Porter
Preferred Provider Announced For New QEII Medical Centre Car Park
Victor P Taffa
Treasurer Christian Porter and Health Minister Kim Hames, in conjunction with the QEII Medical Centre Trust (Trust), have named Capella Parking as the State’s preferred provider to deliver the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEIIMC) Car Park Project.
The project will see a new multi-deck car park with more than 3,000 bays constructed on the site, increasing the total number of car bays on the QEIIMC to 5,100. It will ensure there is adequate parking available to accommodate patients, visitors and priority staff of existing and future facilities on the site.
Treasurer Christian Porter said the project would be delivered under a Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) public private partnership model, whereby the private sector would build the new multi-deck car park and operate and manage parking across the QEIIMC, before transferring the asset back to the trust at the end of the contract.
“Capella was selected from a competitive field of respondents to the tender.” Treasurer Porter said.
“There was strong interest from a number of major construction firms, nation-wide car park operators, sponsors and financiers.”
“After an extensive evaluation process, the State, with support from the trust, chose Capella as being best placed to deliver a facility that will address long-term parking demand on the expanding QEIIMC campus, meet the trust’s design and operational objectives and offer excellent value for money.”
Under the BOOT model, design, construction and operation of the facility is fully financed by Capella Parking.
The State will now enter into exclusive negotiations with Capella Parking with a view to entering into a formal contractual arrangement in mid-late 2011. Staff parking fees rates will be in line with those at similar metropolitan hospitals as per the ‘Access and Parking Strategy for Health Campuses in the Perth Metropolitan Area.’
Visitor fees will be finalised as part of the negotiation process, and are also expected to be in line with rates at other similar metropolitan hospitals.
The Capella Parking consortium comprises Capella Capital as the sponsor and asset manager, Probuild as the builder, and Ezipark as the car park operator.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the new car park would be built on the north-eastern side of the QEIIMC, adjacent to Winthrop Avenue.
“This is part of a carefully orchestrated capital works program that will help ensure the New Children’s Hospital construction is able to start on time.” Dr. Hames said.
“This Project is an essential part of the QEIIMC Redevelopment which is delivering a range of new medical, diagnostic and research facilities by 2016 to benefit the people of Western Australia, including the new children’s hospital.”
“The new car parking will provide safe, convenient and secure parking. The construction of the new facility will be staged so that aggregate parking capacity on the site will progressively rise to more than 5,000 car bays before completion of the new children’s hospital in 2015.”
Chair of the QEIIMC Trust, Steven Cole, welcomed the construction of the new car parking facility.
“This is an exciting period of transformation at the QEII Medical Centre. The increase in parking capacity will better enable the trust to meet existing and future patient, visitor and staff needs as the site continues its development as a health related clinical, research and academic centre of excellence.” Mr. Cole said.
Under the trust’s urban design requirements, the car park must be sympathetic to the site’s surrounds and prominent location on the QEIIMC Reserve. The concept design will be released once negotiations have been concluded and a contract entered into. At that point, detailed design work will continue, with construction expected to commence in the third quarter of 2011.