Construction starts on new hospital at Gregory Hills

Artist's impression of The George, a new private hospital coming to Gregory Hills. Picture: Supplied
Artist's impression of The George, a new private hospital coming to Gregory Hills. Picture: Supplied

Construction of a new private hospital in Gregory Hills has begun, ahead of schedule.

The George Centre - a new $100 million state-of-the-art private maternity and paediatric health facility from Acurio Health - was due to start construction next month, but has already kicked off in September.

The 78-bed hospital is expected to be complete by mid-2023 with Buildcorp constructing.

Acurio chief executive Scott Fowler said The George Centre would be a great additional service for the rapidly growing Macarthur and south-west community.

"It will complement existing services to help meet the family healthcare needs of Camden, Campbelltown and the surrounding community and will be the first private paediatric-focussed healthcare facility in NSW," he said.

"Providing the best patient experience is the key focus of The George Centre - it will offer a truly patient-centric approach. The hospital will attract specialist doctors, allied health professionals and other clinicians."

Buildcorp's first works are the foundations of the hospital, using large-scale earthmoving equipment - including 35-tonne excavators.

A 35-metre tower crane has also been constructed on site, as well as piling rigs, to install the 1500 metres of foundation and 800 tonnes of steel reinforcement.

About 150 people are expected to be on site at the peak of construction works.

Buildcorp managing director Tony Sukkar said the company was proud to be working on The George Centre.

"We are delighted to have begun works on this critical piece of community infrastructure that will bring life and health services to future generations at the time they need it most," he said.

"Buildcorp's extensive experience in delivering medical facilities will ensure the community in south-western Sydney is supported with the best infrastructure and amenities. We are proud to be working with Acurio and experienced project partners to deliver this world-class healthcare centre."

The George Centre project leader Dr Robert Lin said more than 13,000 cubic metres of material had already been moved off site to create the basement level of the facility.

"The aim is to have the ground floor poured in before Christmas," he said.

"Construction is on track - in fact slightly ahead of schedule.

"The current environment will mean a significant proportion of our sub-contractors are residents from within the LGA."

HomeCo (the fund financing the project) chief executive and managing director David Di Pilla told the Advertiser earlier this year that the hospital was only the first step in a larger health precinct.

"There are a lot of young families, with the growing population in the LGA, and clearly a need for more hospital beds and increased primary medical needs," he said.

"It's a long drive to Liverpool and other hospitals in the area.

"The site has state significant planning approval and potential for a much larger hospital - potentially a public hospital.

"Once you start to get that critical infrastructure in high-growth areas, you can see this becoming a half a billion dollar project."

Planning approval has already been granted for a mixed-use medical campus, large-scale general hospital and biomedical facility.