PLANS by national short stay hospital specialist Nexus Hospitals to develop a privately-funded $55 million medical facility in New Town Road have been formally advertised.
Nexus chief executive officer Andrew Petering said the company had lodged a new Development Application with the Hobart City Council in April after significant consultation with council officers and nearby residents.
“While the amended design retains the purpose and function of the original development, we have made substantial alterations and improvements in line with feedback received,” he said.
These changes include:
Increased building setbacks from residential boundaries with the building stepping further back as it increases in height.
Public and staff carparking for 236 vehicles within two fully enclosed basement parking levels.
Redesign of the building facades to reduce the visual bulk at upper levels and break it up into smaller elements that enhance compatibility with the surrounding streetscape.
Improved public accessibility and amenity from New Town Road.
Increased landscaping, especially to the boundaries of the adjacent residential zone, including provision of established large trees to provide amenity and a buffer to residential buildings.
Reduced overshadowing and visual impact for adjacent residential buildings.
The “shovel ready” project is a joint venture between Nexus Hospitals and the Contact Group, a Tasmanian family-owned construction business, and is expected to create 180 jobs during construction.
Comprising an acute surgical hospital with six operating theatres and a 24 bed overnight ward for in-patient care, Tasman Private Hospital and Medical Centre will be co-located with related health service providers, including general practice, pharmacy, radiology, pathology, health support services and conference and research facilities.
Mr Petering said in its communication with the medical profession in Hobart, Nexus had been advised that this “one stop shop” approach was both best practice and vital for Hobart to keep up with national health trends.
“We have worked closely with doctors and nurses to design a facility that will be world class in delivering the highest possible care and convenience for patients,” he said.
“We believe the development has broad support from the local medical profession and the growing southern Tasmanian community.”
Mr Petering said there would not be an emergency department so ambulance and other after hours traffic would be minimal or non-existent and there would be no after-hours admissions.
The hospital is expected to employ more than 130 staff, with further employment opportunities within the medical hub.
Caption: Artist impressions of the proposed private hospital and medical centre.