The Westmead Precinct comprises over 400,000m2 of high-end health-related developments, including four major hospitals, four world-leading medical research institutes, two university campuses and the largest research intensive pathology service in NSW

By Ian Horswill


Posted on May 5, 2020

The tallest health building in Australia, which includes four hospitals, is projected to be completed months ahead of schedule.

The Central Acute Services Building, which stands 14-storeys high, features more than 300 rooms for patients, two emergency departments, and will integrate the University of Sydney’s education, research and health services delivery across the Westmead Precinct in Sydney.

The Westmead Precinct comprises over 400,000m2 of high-end health-related developments, including four major hospitals, four world-leading medical research institutes, two university campuses and the largest research intensive pathology service in NSW.

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The Central Acute Services Building is a partnership between the University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and NSW Health Infrastructure. The University of Sydney will occupy one-and-a-half floors of the 14-storey facility with formal and informal learning spaces, collaboration and workplace settings and facilities for staff and students.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the major construction milestone of the A$1 billion Westmead Redevelopment with NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard, joining key delegates including University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence, at a socially distanced announcement in the foyer of the new building, the University of Sydney said in a statement. With the health building finished, the keys have been given to staff which are “finalising the operational commissioning so we’re ready for the phased opening of the new hospital”, according to Western Sydney Local Health District CEO Graeme Loy.

“This is the first time we’ve brought together Westmead Hospital with the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, as well as Sydney University to create a space of high quality care, learning and innovation,” said Loy, adding the new facility would establish the Westmead Health Precinct as a “magnet to attract the best and brightest” in healthcare.

The new hospital building includes two emergency departments (one for adults, one for children), digital operating theatres, surgical suites, a helipad, an infectious diseases unit and the University of Sydney’s education and research embedded across every floor.

The health building will connect to a new Innovation Centre with additional teaching and event space for the University of Sydney to foster problem-solving and collaboration. It will be a centrepiece of the Westmead Precinct.

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The Central Acute Services Building is part of the University of Sydney’s A$500 million commitment to invest in the future of western Sydney.

Dr Spence said the partnership built upon more than 40 years of university leadership at the Westmead Precinct and was part of the University of Sydney’s vision for the future of health care, education and research.

“Our work with the NSW Government on this remarkable building is just the latest stage in a partnership at Westmead that stretches back 40 years,” he said.

“As a next phase, we are excited for the growth of that partnership in plans for an innovative second major campus in the Westmead Precinct.”