Work Gets Underway For New Department Of Health Headquarters

Work Gets Underway For New Department Of Health Headquarters

Northern Territory Minister for Corporate and Information Services Lauren Moss

Demolition Starts At New Health House

Victor P Taffa

Demolition is well underway at the new health house on Cavenagh Street, creating local jobs for Territorians.

Development will create 250 local jobs during construction and then become the headquarters for the Northern Territory Department of Health.

“Territory Government’s number one priority is to create local jobs, and this project will create 250 jobs across construction.” Minister for Corporate and Information Services Lauren Moss said.

“Once completed, 270 public servants will be based in the CBD, giving businesses in the city a much needed boost.”

Building owner Sandran has also announced that they will rename the building Manunda Place.

It is named after the WWII hospital ship, AHS Manunda, which played an important role following the 1942 bombing of Darwin.

“Our vision for this project is to reactivate the Cavenagh, Knuckey and Litchfield Street network to create a vibrant destination and a ‘sense of place’.” Sandran Property Group Managing Director William Philips said.

“Name Manunda Place allows us to pay respect to the lifesaving actions of the hospital crew on board the HMAHS Manunda during the Bombing of Darwin, whilst connecting it to the projects anchor tenant, the Department of Health and building on our vision to create a sense of place.”

Demolition of Cavenagh House commenced in May and will be completed in September 2018.

Local company Hutchinson Builders has been engaged to complete the demolition program.

So far, $1.5 Million for 17 demolition related works packages have been subcontracted through Sandran’s 95 % local contractor commitment, with all bar one going to Territory Enterprises.

Construction of Manunda Place will take approximately 2 years and be completed in mid-2020.

Department of Health will be the anchor tenant occupying 7000 m2 and the Department of Corporate and Information Services will be relocating its shared services functions from Casuarina and Palmerston to the new building.

This will see around 270 public servants relocating to the Darwin CBD.