The Wagga Wagga Health Service Redevelopment continues to gather pace with contractors preparing to pour concrete for the first floor of the Acute Services Building.

About 1,300 cubic metres of concrete will be poured in five separate pours, with the first pour forming part of the Procedures Centre or Operating Theatres. 

The first placement of 250 cubic metres is targeted for tomorrow, Saturday 17 May, Executive Manager – Redevelopment, Wagga Wagga Health Service Irene Hing said. “There are six levels with a total of 31 separate concrete placements. So far, two of the five
ground floors have been placed,” Ms Hing said.

A plant room and helipad will be on top of the six clinical floors.

The $282.1 million redevelopment is a jointly funded project, with the NSW Government providing $215 million and the Australian Government contributing $55.1 million from its Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF) Program. A further $12 million has been allocated from the Australian Government through the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services for 20 sub-acute
mental health beds.

The suspended concrete floor uses a post tensioning system which gets the majority of its strength from steel cables laid within it. These are progressively tightened as the concrete cures.

The concrete work is being carried out by Canberra’s Diverse Concreting Pty Ltd, Hansen Yuncken’s Project Manager Michael Martin said. “The concrete pump tower boom has now been installed in readiness to transfer the concrete from ground level to each of the elevated formworks as the structure is progressed,” he said.

The first level of the lift core, which comprises six shafts (five for lifts and one for services), was completed earlier this month.