Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced the appointment of the lead consultant team to work with Health Infrastructure on the $70.2 million Cowra Hospital Redevelopment.

Regionally based, Central West Project Management, has been appointed as the Project Manager with recent health experience including the Mudgee Hospital Redevelopment and Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) Stage 1 program.

DJRD Architects is an architectural practice with a significant health portfolio and has delivered health projects including the Murrumburrah Multi-Purpose Service.

Slattery Australia, will undertake the cost planning with their health experience spanning the Children’s Medical Research Institute expansion, Westmead, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Redevelopment and the North Shore Health Hub, St Leonards.

“Building a hospital of this size requires in-depth planning to ensure Cowra and the broader region has a health service that will serve the community for generations to come,” Ms Cooke said.

“The appointment of the lead design team follows the Clinical Services Plan process over the past 18 months, for which I thank the community of Cowra once again for their input.”

Ms Cooke said the lead design team will commence with master planning, made possible by $.5 million in the 2020/21 NSW Budget and $2.3 million in the 2021/22 NSW Budget.

This phase involves creating a hospital campus master plan, which then is used to develop a concept design.

Combining information from the Clinical Services Plan, master plan and concept design will outline the redevelopment’s scope.

The full range of services delivered as part of the Cowra Hospital redevelopment will be identified through the planning phase.

“I thank our clinicians, nurses and health teams for their ongoing service in the current health facility, which is over sixty years old and has operational constraints,”

“It is my expectation the project build will commence in early 2023, and I will continue to update the community of Cowra as the master-planning phase progresses.”