Hospital steels a march to 2015

An artist’s impression of the building.
An artist’s impression of the building.

Since work started in January 2012, the $1.2 billion construction has used more than 2600 tonnes of steel ” weighing the same as more than 500 elephants ” with the project using on average 170 tonnes of steel every week.

Child and Adolescent Health Service chief executive Philip Aylward said the project was on time and on budget.

‘Substantial clinical and child and family- focused innovation has been incorporated into the design to ensure that it will be the best children’s hospital for the kids of WA,’ Mr Aylward said.

‘The involvement of parents, carers and young people into the design has been a highlight.

‘I have been privileged to be involved in the new children’s hospital project since its early stages, and have seen it develop from a concept to a reality.’

Five towering cranes have taken over the Nedlands site, with Magnus joining Kranosaurus, Sir Lift a Lot, Koolangkas and Tall Bert, which were all named by WA children as part of a competition.

Mr Aylward said it had been an exciting development so far.

‘It is hard to believe that over the course of the project so far, around 50,000 cubic metres of concrete has been poured, which is a staggering 8333 truckloads,’ he said.