Local company joins team building Ipswich Hospital ward

Construction is underway on the new Ipswich Hospital ward and an Ipswich company CPM Advisory and Project Management has joined the building team.

The new ward at Ipswich Hospital will be the first in six years.

The $25 million project will create 26 additional beds and an improved outpatient area at Ipswich Hospital as well as the refurbishment of the Tower Block levels six and seven.

CPM Advisory and Project Management has been appointed by West Moreton Health as the Superintendent and Superintendent’s Representative and will oversee the administration of the construction contract by Queensland construction firm Paynters.

Superintendents play a vital role in construction projects to ensure the build is completed in line with regulations and contractual obligations.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said this appointment highlights the capability of local businesses and service providers to deliver advanced and specialised projects.

“Our population increase of 4.1 per cent made Ipswich the fastest-growing city in Queensland, and our local businesses are well-positioned to access the economic benefits of this growth,” Mayor Harding said.

“The Queensland Government projects that employment in the Health sector in Ipswich will grow by 235 per cent over the next 20 years, creating more opportunities for local providers as new facilities are built.”

West Moreton Health Board Chair Michael Willis said CPM was helping to deliver the first stage in the Ipswich Hospital Expansion under the 15-year Master Plan.

“The patient transit lounge is where people can wait in comfort after discharge and before going home, in line with West Moreton Health’s commitment to patient-centred care,” Mr Willis said.

“Ipswich Hospital will remain fully functional throughout the construction period, with some services now relocated to allow the works to continue without disruption to consumers and staff.”

CPM Director James Long said the appointment was another milestone for the growing regional business that employs Ipswich locals and has been a part of the local community for over 15 years.

“For decades we have been involved in significant projects in Brisbane and South East Queensland and it has been a goal of ours to win an advisory role locally,” Mr Long said.

“It is refreshing to see a government organisation such as West Moreton Health considering local companies in the highly competitive tender mix.

“This project is an important one for the region, providing vital services to meet growing local demand and allowing more Ipswich locals to receive quality care closer to home.”

The construction includes internal demolition and reconfiguration of three floors within the hospital.

As well as the 26 additional beds, the new Ward 6D will include early pregnancy assessment services, staff facilities and workspaces and a patient care centre with a treatment room, patient lounge and transit lounge.

The refurbishment of other areas in Tower Block Level 6 and 7 will provide space for allied health consulting and treatment, oncology and day infusions treatment, audiology services, a hand clinic, flexible outpatient consultation and staff facilities and workspaces.

Construction started in October 2020 and is due to continue until mid-2021.

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