St George Hospital Acute Services Building & Redevelopment

The $277m Acute Services Building as part of the St George Hospital Redevelopment is complete, opened on 31st October by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard.

CLIENT | Multiplex
SERVICES | Electrical, Communication, Security, Audio Visual

The new seven-level St George Hospital Acute Services Building development has been built on top of the original hospitals emergency department on Gray Street.

The St George Hospital Redevelopment project delivered 52 new beds for the Intensive Care Unit, eight more operating theatres, 128 new inpatient beds, two cardiac catheter laboratories, a sterilising department and a rooftop helipad. As well as the new ASB building there will be an expansion of the multi-level carpark on Gray Street with 128 new car spaces.

The major clinical areas/departments within the new Acute Services Building include Cath Labs, Operating theatre suites, CSSD, Acute Care Unit including the ICU, CICU and HDU, General Inpatient units, General administration, Plant and circulation areas and Additional clinical support.

The project is being delivered by Health Infrastructure with JHA Consulting Services engaged as the Electrical Engineer working closely with the developer, Multiplex.

St George Hospital started as an eight-bed hospital back in 1894, with the first patient admitted for typhoid fever.

This project employed Early Contractor Involvement to provide a better outcome for the hospital (from both a cost and functionality point of view). JHA were engaged by Multiplex to provide input during the ECI phase and develop a project brief based on agreed ECI outcomes. Subsequently JHA were engaged to provide oversight of the Contractor’s detailed design to ensure compliance with the brief.

Challenges for this project centred on integration with the existing facility, not interfering with operations at the existing facility, ensuring competitive pricing on subsystems (such as nurse call) where the existing facility is already committed to one manufacturer and cutting back excess where possible.

The St George Hospital ASB redevelopment was a challenging yet successful project for JHA. Being part of the wider Multiplex team, it was evident that the project ran seamlessly which assisted in delivering a successful outcome for HI and SELHD. We look forward to seeing the new build in operation.

Iynka Loganathan

JHA Consulting Engineer

St George Hospital Acute Services Building & Redevelopment

The clinical areas/departments to be refurbished in the existing hospital include:
  • Main kitchen, Stores, Linen and Waste
  • Endoscopy and Day surgery
  • Short Stay unit
  • Gray Street Main Entry
  • Security department offices
  • Cashiers
  • Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Workforce (nursing)
  • Patient Admissions
  • MRI (cold shell only)
The scope of electrical work for St George Hospital Acute Services Building (ASB) and associated refurbishment work:
  • Substations
  • Main Switchboards
  • Distribution boards
  • Power factor correction
  • Consumer mains & submains
  • General power distribution, inclusive of power to other trades
  • Backup generators
  • Mobile generator connection point
  • UPS support
  • General lighting and associated controls
  • Emergency & exit lighting
  • Helipad lighting
  • External lighting and controls
  • Lighting control systems
  • Body & Cardiac Protected areas
  • Medical Services Panels
  • Lightning protection system
  • Master Clock system
  • Structured voice/data cabling
  • Security system, inclusive of access control and CCTV surveillance
  • Nurse Call System
  • Digital MATV System & Patient Entertainment System
  • In Building mobile phone coverage

Today St George Hospital is one of the busiest health facilities in NSW.

Each year the emergency department treats more than 68,000 sick and injured people.

St George Hospital site plan

The site plan shows the overall plan and the location of the new ASB and related new substation and LV switchroom that are required to provide the additional power requirements for this new building.

The partnership between Health Infrastructure and Multiplex and the outcome achieved on the St George Hospital project clearly demonstrates the successful Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) procurement method.
Jim Hatzimanolis

JHA Consulting Engineer

St George Hospital Acute Services Building Specialist Lighting

Specialist Lighting sketches for St Georges Hospital Acute Services Building

JHA’s specialist lighting team worked closely with the architecture and construction team on the atrium and other key spaces in the development.

These concept design sketches show initial ideas for techniques proposed to soften the large scale of the space and support the architectural vision for a clinical-free aesthetic.

St George Hospital Acute Services Building Audio Visual Services

JHA’s Audio Visual (AV) department coordinated with hospital staff, project management, multiple user groups and the architectural firm to create the audio visual design and oversee the installation for 23 spaces within the SGH project.

The Audio Visual designs involved systems ranging from video conferencing rooms, to large-scale interactive lecture theatres and networked, remote-control monitoring systems. The focus of JHA’s AV lead was to enhance the flexibility and inter-room communication streams throughout the spaces. This would provide the staff with the most technologically advanced yet, easy-to-use environments allowing them to operate, store and share their practices throughout the hospital network.

This was achieved through the design of complex AV systems by JHA, utilising technologies such as Networked AV, Collaboration, Live-Stream, Real-Time Monitoring, IPTV, Web-based and CODEC VC as well as AV Editing, Storage and Distribution with careful consideration and integration with existing hospital systems and operations.

JHA’s involvement in the project continued past the design and documentation phase through to construction and overseeing the installation of the AV systems in coordination with all other services.

AV monitor in demonstration room with dummy
AV equipment in demonstration control room
AV Auditorium St Georges Hospital, Kogarah