A major new private hospital and health precinct is earmarked for Racecourse Rd, Gosford, and should be up and running within a few short years.
A joint project by AA Crown Holdings and Northside Group, the $350m Northside Private Hospital and medical precinct will deliver world-class medical services to complement Gosford’s existing public hospital.
It is the brainchild of Northside Group, comprising developers Commercial HQ and the Gibbens Group. “We had a vision for a medical precinct close to the existing public hospital,” Commercial HQ Managing Director, Tim Gunasinghe, said. “There is a growing demand for medical facilities on the Coast, with continued population growth. “We bought the land late last year and hope to be in a position to start construction within 12 months.”
Gibbens Group CEO, Matthew Gibbens, said that as a State Significant Site, the development, on the 3.1HA former Ausgrid site, would not need to go through Central Coast Council for approval.
It will include 14 states of the art operating theatres; 224 inpatient beds; an intensive care unit; a radiology department; food and retail tenancies; a pathology centre; a pharmacy; physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinics; a geriatric unit; and, a mental health unit.
Gunasinghe said it was possible a nursing home would also be included, as well as an on-site carpark. The project team will include Development Manager, Colliers International, Project Manager, Donald Cant Watts Corke, and architects, Health Project International.
Marcelo Ramirez, of Colliers International, said it would employ around 2,200 people during the construction phase. “Once completed, it is anticipated that upwards of 460 permanent jobs will be generated, bringing an economic benefit of $54m per annum to the region,” Ramirez said.
The hospital itself is expected to be completed by 2022, with the rest of the precinct to be added behind it, to the west of Gosford Hospital.
A Crown is also looking to partner with Australian universities to create training facilities for local students within the medical profession, increasing health research and development opportunities.