Westmead Hospital

New South Wales

$5 million


Structural and civil engineer

Westmead Hospital is the major teaching hospital of the University of Sydney and one of Australia’s largest centres for postgraduate training to specialist level.

The hospital opened in 1978 as a specialised tertiary referral hospital for the western metropolitan area with a population of 1.5 million people across 15 local government areas. It also acts as the local hospital for the immediate surrounding community.

It offers acute intervention medicine, aged care, neurology, rehabilitation, allied health, brain injury, cardiac, chronic care, radiology, pathology, emergency, surgery, intensive care, neonatal intensive care, mental health, renal, transplant surgery and outpatient services.

Long standing relationship

Woolacotts Consulting Engineers has a long-lasting relationship with the hospital, dating back more than 20 years. During that time, Woolacotts has completed numerous engineering design projects including specialist equipment installations, offices, helicopter shelter fittings, landscape development, car parks and proposed facilities.

Our role

This project involved alterations and extensions to the radiation oncology unit for an additional bunker to house a linear accelerator and associated control, equipment storage and waiting rooms. Woolacotts was engaged to complete the structural and civil design, documentation and for services during construction.

The works included:

Alterations to external on-grade car parking

New retaining walls adjacent to an existing three storey parking structure

Underpinning and reconfiguration of an existing concrete formed fire stair

Specialist design of the bunker walls and roof slabs, which were required to meet strict crack control criteria.

Woolacotts began work on the project in late 2011 and construction commenced in early 2012.


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