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Structure and facade work complete at new Royal Adelaide Hospital

Posted On May 16, 2015

Minister Jack Snelling
Minister for Health
Minister for Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Minister for the Arts
Minister for Health Industries

The final crane at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will be dismantled this weekend, following completion of the structure and façade on the biggest infrastructure project South Australia has ever undertaken.

Health Minister Jack Snelling today toured the eastern end of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital construction site, where the crane has been in operation for more than two-and-a-half years.

“At the height of this project, in 2014, there were eight of these 64 metre cranes towering above Adelaide’s west end, reflecting the scale and complexity of this transformational project,” Mr Snelling said.

“With the structure now complete, you can start to appreciate the size of our new hospital, which spans 10 floors, includes more than 170,000 square metres of fully enclosed space, and runs 306 metres end to end.

“That’s a length equivalent to two Adelaide Ovals.”

The final crane, named ‘Lifty the Crane’ by a six-year-old called Carl in a competition, will be dismantled over the weekend by an even bigger crane.

A 400-tonne mobile crane brought in from Wingfield will be positioned on the northern access road where it will dismantle Lifty over a period of 48 hours.

The crane has been in operation since January 2013, and has undertaken approximately 97,000 lifts in the construction of the eastern end of the hospital, which will include an education and training hub for medical students, cancer centre, a childcare centre and playground, as well as the hospital’s commercial precinct.

The crane is part of a fleet of eight cranes that since September 2012 has undertaken more than 540,000 lifts on the project in total and has been operated by a team of 50 workers.

Mr Snelling said that with the structure and façade complete, construction work will now focus on the internal fit out and furnishing, as well as landscaping across 3.8 hectares.

“In the past few weeks the first 30 of 800 patient beds have been delivered, landscaping has commenced and areas inside the hospital are starting to take shape,” he said.

“At the same time, we’re working on the extremely complex and intricate task of planning the move to the new hospital in 2016.


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