Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Call For Private Interest In Building Multi-Storey Car Parks At QEII Medical Centre
Victor P Taffa
The Western Australia State Government has advertised for expressions of interest from private companies to build, finance and operate Multi-Storey Car Parks at QEII Medical Centre in Nedlands.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the Car Parks at QEII Medical Centre were already at capacity and the amount of patients, visitors and staff travelling to the site would only increase in the coming years. The first of a number of redevelopments at the site, worth a total of $1 Billion, began earlier this year.
Works at the site, including planning for the new children’s hospital and upgrades to the Cancer Centre and Pathwest, were detailed in the Liberal-National Government’s latest Budget.
“Over the next six years, the QEII Medical Centre will evolve into one of the State’s biggest medical, education and research facilities. The multi-storey car parks are part of the wider strategy to improve access to the site and ensure adequate levels of parking are available in the future.” Dr. Hames said.
“There is also significant effort being put into providing access to public transport alternatives for patients, visitors and staff.”
The successful contractor would build and finance the multi-storey car parks and have a long-term contract to operate all of the parking on the QEII Medical Centre site. At the end of the operation contract, the car parks will be transferred to QEII Medical Centre Trust ownership.
The State Government is expecting to appoint the successful contractor in early 2011 with construction to start shortly afterwards.
The redevelopment of the QEII Medical Centre includes an expanded Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, a state-of-the-art pathology facility, a new children’s hospital and a research facility for the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research (WAIMR).