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Project Context

What is the Randwick Campus Redevelopment?

Randwick has been providing healthcare for the community for over 160 years. The Randwick Campus Redevelopment builds on this rich legacy by strengthening the Randwick Hospitals Campus through the delivery of over $1.5 billion in brand new health, education and research infrastructure, and new models of healthcare.

Through partnerships with the Federal Government, UNSW Sydney, the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and the Children’s Cancer Institute, the NSW Government is delivering the following world-class facilities:
  • Prince of Wales Hospital Integrated Acute Services Building
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 Redevelopment and Australia's first Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • UNSW Sydney’s Health Translation Hub.
The Randwick Campus Redevelopment is being delivered by Health Infrastructure in collaboration with Randwick Health and Education Precinct partners South Eastern Sydney Local Health DistrictSydney Children’s Hospitals Network and UNSW Sydney.
 

Why is the Randwick Campus Redevelopment needed?

The Randwick Hospitals Campus operates in a dynamic environment. Over the past 20 years, we have seen the volume, complexity and range of health services delivered at our hospitals continue to grow.

The Campus is now operating close to capacity and around 60 per cent of infrastructure is over 30 years old. Without this investment, our hospitals would be unable to meet future demand or respond to the increasing complexity of health care needs.

The Redevelopment will expand capacity by replacing and redeveloping this ageing infrastructure and supporting delivery of contemporary, responsive models of care; positioning the Campus to continue to respond to the needs of our community now and into the future.
 

What is the Randwick Hospitals Campus and the Randwick Health and Education Precinct?

The Randwick Hospitals Campus includes the four major hospitals; the Prince of Wales Hospital, Royal Hospital for Women, Prince of Wales Private and the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, as well as the Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Service, NeuRA, the Bright Alliance, Black Dog Institute, Scientia Clinical Research and Ronald McDonald House

The Randwick Health and Education Precinct includes the Randwick Hospitals Campus and UNSW Sydney Kensington Campus as well a number of important health, research and education institutes such as the University of Technology, the George Institute for Global Health, the Children’s Cancer Institute, the Kirby Institute, the Kidman Centre, the Fertility and Research Centre, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, the Centre for Eye Health and the Sydney Partnership for Health, Research and Enterprise.

Please visit About the precinct or have a look at our Fact Sheets to find out more.
 

What is the relationship between the Randwick Hospitals Campus and UNSW Sydney?

UNSW Sydney has had teaching hospital affiliations with the three public hospitals on the Randwick Hospitals Campus for nearly 60 years. In 1960 the Prince of Wales Hospital was named as UNSW’s first teaching hospital and included what is now the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

In 1961 the Royal Hospital for Women (then located in Paddington) was named UNSW’s teaching hospital for obstetrics and gynaecology and remains so after moving to Randwick in 1997.
 

How long will the Randwick Campus Redevelopment take?

The first stage of the Randwick Campus Redevelopment, the new Prince of Wales Hospital Integrated Acute Services Building, is on schedule to open in 2022.

Subsequent stages of the Redevelopment, including the Sydney Children’s Hospital redevelopment and the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre, will progress through planning, design, procurement and construction phases and are expected to open in 2025, followed shortly after by UNSW Sydney’s Health Translation Hub.
 

What land is being used for the Randwick Campus Redevelopment?

The Randwick Campus Redevelopment is located on land bounded by Hospital Road and Botany, High and Magill Streets in Randwick. This land sits between the current Randwick Hospitals Campus and UNSW Sydney and required the acquisition of 92 properties by the NSW Government.

The NSW Government also acquired Eurimbla Avenue from Randwick City Council.

There are no plans to acquire additional properties.
 

Where are we up to now?

The Prince of Wales Hospital Integrated Acute Services Building is currently under construction. Site preparation and early works are complete and construction to prepare the foundations for the main building commenced in mid 2019.
The Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 Redevelopment and the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre are in pre-planning with the initial design for the new building anticipated to be completed in 2020.
Planning for UNSW Sydney’s Health Translation Hub is continuing in collaboration with these projects.

About the Project

What is in the Prince of Wales Hospital Integrated Acute Services Building?

The Prince of Wales Hospital Integrated Acute Services Building is the first stage of the Randwick Campus Redevelopment and the catalyst project to building a world-class health, research and education precinct.

Opening in 2022, the Integrated Acute Services Building will deliver contemporary infrastructure and technology that will not only improve healthcare services and patient outcomes, but the experience of all users. This will be achieved through delivering:
  • Expanded adult Emergency Department
  • Expanded Intensive Care Unit
  • Four new digital operating theatres equipped with state-of-the-art technology for neuro-surgery and complex orthopaedics, including major spinal surgery
  • A new and expanded Central Sterilising Services Department and a new helipad serving the Randwick Hospitals Campus
  • New Medical Assessment Unit including a Virtual Care Centre
  • Research, education and training spaces, including additional spaces funded by UNSW Sydney, to enable clinical innovation and research, biomedical engineering, and clinical translational research laboratories to be collocated directly alongside clinical staff providing acute healthcare services
  • Expanded Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre
  • Replacement of existing inpatient wards and provision of additional inpatient beds providing contemporary facilities for the following specialties:
  • Haematology and Oncology
  • Aged Care (Acute and Sub Acute)
  • Orthogeriatrics
  • Respiratory Medicine and Infectious Diseases
  • Acute Spinal Unit
  • Neurosciences floor that will incorporate an expanded Acute Stroke Unit, Neurology and Neurosurgical beds and the Complex Epilepsy Service.

The new building is located at the corner of Hospital Road and Magill Street.

For more information about the Integrated Acute Services Building, including our construction animation, please visit: Integrated Acute Services Building.
 

What are the Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre?

The Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 Redevelopment and Australia’s first Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre are the next exciting phase of the Randwick Campus Redevelopment, bringing clinical care, research and teaching together to deliver improved models of care for sick and injured children.

To be located at the corner of Hospital Road and High Street, the new building is expected to open in late 2025 and will include:
  • A new children’s Emergency Department, accessible from Botany Street
  • Short Stay Unit / Medical Assessment Unit
  • Emergency Department patient drop off zone from Botany Street
  • Main entry as well as front of house services
  • Australia’s first Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre bringing together the Children’s Cancer Institute and the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick’s Kids Cancer Centre to deliver integrated, specialist cancer treatment and research
  • Additional clinical services to be determined through the planning process.

For more information about the Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and the Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre project, including the latest fact sheet, please visit: Sydney Children's Hospital Stage 1.
 

What is the Health Translation Hub?

UNSW Sydney’s Health Translation Hub will bring together clinicians, researchers, educators and public health to drive excellence and the rapid translation of research, innovation and education into patient care at Randwick.

Located on the corner of High Street and Botany Street, the new building will include:
  • Purpose-built spaces for researchers and educators
  • Education, training and research rooms
  • Clinical schools for Women’s and Children’s Health, Psychiatry and Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Ambulatory care clinics and new medical imaging equipment.
 Watch the video or download the Health Translation Hub fact sheet to find out more.
 

Why collocate clinical services delivery with research, education and training?

Health-related academic and translational research spaces will be collocated with clinical services. These include laboratories and spaces to support collaboration and the testing and trialing of new models of care and innovative treatments.

Embedding research, education and training with health services strengthens links between clinicians and researchers. These interactions will provide important insights into the way healthcare is delivered as well as an opportunity to learn and improve the way healthcare is provided.

Holistic, multidisciplinary collaboration will facilitate the rapid translation of clinically informed research, innovation and education excellence to patient care; leading to better approaches to assessment, treatment planning, therapies and care coordination.

As well as improving health services to our local communities, the physical and working integration between the hospitals and UNSW Sydney will enable us to compete at the forefront of health research and education internationally. This will attract outstanding clinicians, health professionals and academics, drive better healthcare outcomes for patients and generate economic benefits for the community.
 

Statutory Planning

What is the statutory planning process?

The construction and operation of major public infrastructure such as hospitals, ports and railways occurs through a statutory planning process known as a ‘State Significant Development’ (SSD) application. The SSD application is submitted to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for assessment.
Each major facility to be delivered under the Randwick Campus Redevelopment is subject to the statutory planning process and will need to be approved by DPIE before major works commence.
 

What is an Environmental Impact Statement?

An important component of this process is the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS accompanies the SSD application and sets out how potential impacts on staff, residents, visitors, the community and environment will be managed. These impacts include transport and access, amenity and public domain, air quality, noise, dust and vibration and other important environmental considerations.

The EIS goes on public exhibition as part of the statutory planning process, providing the opportunity for project stakeholders and the community to find out more about the project, ask questions and give feedback.
 

What statutory planning assessments have taken place for the Randwick Campus Redevelopment?

DPIE approved the SSD application for the Prince of Wales Hospital Acute Services Building on 27 February 2019. The SSD application for the integrated addition of additional education, training and research space to the Acute Services Building was approved on 18 December 2019.

Future stages of the Redevelopment are in still in early planning and are yet to begin the statutory planning process.

Please go to POWH ASB SSD for more information about the DPIE’s approval of the Prince of Wales Hospital Acute Services Building.
Please go to POWH IASB SSD for more information about the DPIE’s approval of the integrated addition to the approved Acute Services Building.

Construction

How do I find out about upcoming construction work?

The Randwick Campus Redevelopment project team provides regular construction updates to ensure staff, patients, local residents, local businesses and the community have timely access to information about upcoming works.

Construction information is provided via regular monthly updates and additional specific notices as required.

To view the latest construction notices, please visit Construction Notices.
 

What are the construction site hours?

The Randwick Campus Redevelopment standard site hours are:
  • Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 8am to 5pm
Where possible, activities are scheduled during these standard site hours. At times, specific construction activities need to be scheduled during weekends or evenings for traffic and safety reasons, due to either the location or impact of the works. Information about activities that may affect local stakeholders is provided in advance to inform the community about upcoming works.

Construction activities are scheduled to provide respite periods for high noise works.
 

Traffic and Access

How is transport and access managed during construction of the Randwick Campus Redevelopment?

Construction Traffic and Pedestrian Management plans are developed in consultation with key stakeholders and traffic management consultants. These plans are tailored to manage the potential impacts of specific activities and to ensure construction works are undertaken in a way that:
  • maintains the safety of pedestrians and all road users at all times
  • minimises disruptions to surrounding pedestrian and traffic routes
  • ensures emergency, logistics and general access at all times
  • communicates proposed changes ahead of implementation.

What is the Green Travel Plan?

The Randwick Hospitals Campus Green Travel Plan is a key component of the Randwick Campus Redevelopment’s transport and access strategy and reflects the project’s commitment to growing public and active transport options for staff.

The Green Travel Plan’s core objective is to reduce the number of staff who drive to the Campus on their own by 2022, when the new Integrated Acute Services Building is due to open. The Plan sets out a range of strategies to achieve this objective, including maximising the opportunities created by major transport changes in and around Randwick such as the new light rail and improvements to local bus services and walking and cycling networks.

The Green Travel Plan’s progress is measured via an annual Campus Travel Census. The first Census was completed in June 2019 and the next Census is planned for mid-2020.
 

Working with our stakeholders

What role do the community and other stakeholders have in the Redevelopment?

Staff, clinicians, consumers and community members play a key role in the design and planning of the health services and facilities for the Redevelopment and actively participate in Project User Groups and other opportunities for collaboration.

Strong partnerships and engagement between the Randwick Campus Redevelopment team and staff, consumers, local residents and business and the community are a core element of our work.

These partnerships help us understand community expectations and needs so we can better deliver a welcoming, activated and enlivened hospital setting that responds to diverse needs and provides a continuity of experience for all users.

Please click here to find out more about community engagement or here to find out how you can work with us to help build our new, world-class facilities.
 

What is the role of arts and culture in the Redevelopment?

The Randwick Campus Redevelopment’s Arts and Culture Strategy has been developed in consultation with staff, students, patients, carers, families, visitors and community members and is guided by the 2016 NSW Health and The Arts Framework.

The Strategy outlines how arts and culture will be embedded in the Integrated Acute Services Building and integrated with established programs and initiatives. The Strategy also considers opportunities for public art, performances and literary arts and has a strong focus on community participation and engagement.

For more information and to see our video about the creation of burri burri through our collaboration with the La Perouse Aboriginal Land Council Youth Haven, please visit Arts in Health.
 

Keeping stakeholders and the community informed

Communications and engagement

Partnerships between the Randwick Campus Redevelopment team and the community and stakeholders are well established, highly valued and founded on principles of trust, transparency and collaboration. We are committed to keeping our community and stakeholders informed about the potential impacts of our activities.

Our communications and engagement work also helps us deliver our activities in a way that minimises impacts and ensures the operational and business continuity of the Randwick Hospitals Campus.
 

How are stakeholders kept informed about the Randwick Campus Redevelopment?

The project team distributes information about the Randwick Campus Redevelopment using a wide range of mechanisms including:
  • Posting information to the project website
  • Emailing information through our distribution list
  • Door knocks
  • Letter box drops
  • Community and staff information sessions
  • Staff forums.

We also distribute information using a variety of formats tailored to the audience and subject matter, including:
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Contact details

How do I contact the Randwick Campus Redevelopment team?

Please call us on 1800 571 866 or email us at randwickcampusredevelopment@health.nsw.gov.au.
You can also submit any questions, comments or feedback via our Contact Us page.