A large crane will arrive onsite tomorrow at the Royal Hobart Hospital as redevelopment works continue to gain momentum.

The RHH Redevelopment is the single largest public construction project in the state and it will deliver a state-of-the-art health facility for generations of Tasmanians to come.

Documents released under RTI today confirm the progress that is being made on this exciting project, which was rescued by the Hodgman Liberal Government. The RHH Redevelopment is now on time and on budget.

Tasmanians can have confidence that the new $389 million ten-story inpatient precinct known as K-Block, will be completed by 2018.

In addition to being a key part of our health system for the future, the RHH redevelopment will create more than 4,000 jobs direct and indirectly in Tasmania over the total life of the project and generate $1.6 billion in economic activity.

The Managing Contractor for the Redevelopment is a joint venture of John Holland and Fairbrother, together they have extensive construction experience, including in large hospital developments.

The Managing Contractor knows how best to deliver the project on time and is responsible for planning and programming the works.

The Guaranteed Construction Sum (GCS) accepted in December 2015, confirmed completion of the new inpatient building by the end of 2018 and provided an indicative schedule of works. The Managing Contractor will achieve savings if it finishes K-Block early and incur costs if the project is delayed past the contracted completion date.

The schedule of works such as when floor slabs are poured will however be monitored to assess progress.

Substantial and challenging refurbishment works are being undertaken within the Royal Hobart Hospital to get ready for the K-Block build. Everyone involved is working hard to minimise delays and complete works as efficiently as possible.

The end result will be worth the wait with many new patient and clinical areas.

I thank staff and patients who have coped admirably with any temporary inconveniences, while we finish important refurbishments.

We will continue to keep the public informed with updates on construction milestones released every six months.

For more information on the RHH Redevelopment visit the website www.rhhredevelopment.tas.gov.au

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