Client name: NSW Health Infrastructure

Duration: 2010 - 2012

Location: Gosford, NSW, Australia


Coffey delivered new cancer facilities to the Gosford community that were well received by the local health service and local community support groups. This project has subsequently been adopted by Health Infrastructure as a ‘model’ example for cancer centre facilities across NSW.

Situation

Coffey was engaged by Health Infrastructure to project manage and deliver new cancer facilities to Gosford Hospital as part of a Commonwealth funded program to provide cancer services to regional communities.

The project involved the design and delivery of radiation oncology services not previously existing in the Gosford Hospital health service model.

Gosford Hospital is land locked by streets on 4 sides. A small site was identified that would require full strip and refurbishment. The scope included the construction of 3 linear accelerator bunkers with 1m think concrete walls. This site was constrained by the adjacent paediatric ward and was situated under a long stay recovery ward severely limiting access.

Solution

We facilitated extensive stakeholder consultation. Representatives from Sydney based hospitals with existing radiation and oncology services were also included to assist both the design team and the local health service understand the infrastructure, service systems and workforce that may be required for this new service.

Through design iteration and user engagement we were able to facilitate a design layout that enabled efficient construction, with minimal impact on adjacent wards, and also provide staff and patient workflow improvements over existing example facilities.

Result

We developed a delivery strategy that allowed comprehensive and iterative up front consultation and communication. This ensured early definition of an agreed and complete scope that then allowed design documentation and construction to be undertaken efficiently, without need for costly modification or variation during the construction phase.

We were able to establish a program and delivery methodology that met funding milestones, some a number of months ahead of schedule.
Further, the project was delivered significantly under budget.