John Holland to deliver $658M children’s hospital project

Sydney children's hospital
Artist’s impression of the hospital’s Emergency Department and drop-off area. Image courtesy of the NSW Government.

John Holland has been chosen to deliver the $658 million Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Randwick, New South Wales.

The company will partner with Health Infrastructure and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network on the project, to be located within Sydney’s Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct.

The new children’s hospital and research centre will be delivered as a single project in an integrated facility, which aims to transform paediatric health care locally, nationally and globally.

Announcing the appointment last week, New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the project would deliver life-changing care to some of the state’s most unwell children.

“The state-wide facility puts world-leading research at the forefront of health care, integrating scientists, clinicians and educators, to help our youngest and most vulnerable patients,” he said.

Funding for the project includes $478 million from the New South Wales Government, $100 million from the Federal Government, $25 million from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, and $25 million from the Children’s Cancer Institute.

The University of New South Wales is providing a $30 million in-kind contribution for the children’s cancer centre, to which the Minderoo Foundation have also pledged $20 million.

Joe Barr, John Holland Chief Executive Officer, said he was proud of the experienced and diverse team chosen to deliver the project.

“Our team has a proven track record of collaborating to deliver health infrastructure in regional and capital cities across Australia,” he said. “Our NSW team will continue to instil this focus on collaboration, trust and care to deliver a facility that will transform paediatric services in the heart of Sydney and serve the community well into the future.”

Matthew Bourne, John Holland General Manager, Building, NSW/ACT, said the company would focus on social and sustainability initiatives in delivering the once in a generation project.

“John Holland is at the forefront of a culture shift within our industry to prioritise health and wellbeing,” he said. “Our goal is to create workplaces that are healthy and safe, which is exactly the approach we have taken for the Sydney Children’s Hospital and Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre.”

Planning and design for the project have been underway since 2019, with main works due to begin in the coming months. The facility is expected to open in late 2025.

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