New CAr park reaches highest point

Construction the new multi-storey car park at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has reached its highest point, with a topping out ceremony to celebrate the milestone. 

The multi-storey car park is a key component of the NSW Government’s $619 million investment into The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Stage 2 Redevelopment and will provide more than 1,000 park spaces, including 50 electric vehicle charging stations.

In line with a long-standing construction industry tradition, the milestone was marked by placing a tree atop the new car park, which will be later planted in the hospital grounds.

The topping out ceremony also marks the impressive progress made so far to providing world-class health care services and facilities to Western Sydney.

Project Director Hossein Bidgoli said the new eight level car park would meet the ever-growing needs of the hospital.

“Westmead is the one of the largest health precincts in the southern hemisphere and the new car park would provide much needed space as healthcare services rapidly increases in the region.”

Over the coming months, façade installation and internal fit out work will take place.

The new contemporary design will feature dragonflies, a symbol important to the local aboriginal community. Dragonflies signify transformation, movement and good health.

In addition, the new facilities include a number of environmentally sustainable design features such as solar panels on both the roof and façade which will generate 700 kilowatts per hour.

The energy generated from the panels will directly power the 50 new electric charging stations that will be available on day one and provide power the existing hospital.

In addition, the car park includes space for a coffee cart and artworks in the lift and lobby areas to create a lively atmosphere for those entering the hospital. The artwork designs are currently being developed.

Kane Constructions were awarded the contract to construct the new car park in late 2021 and are on track to open in early 2024.

The redevelopment also includes the new Paediatric Services Building, a revitalised forecourt called ‘KidsPark’ and refurbishment of existing areas of the hospital.