There has been further progress on the $150M Goulburn Hospital and Health Service Redevelopment this week with the first concrete pour for the new four-storey Clinical Services Building taking place on Tuesday 31 March 2020.
Approximately 105cubic metres of locally sourced Goulburn concrete was poured as work to construct the floor plate for the lower ground floor of the new Clinical Services building continued.
Once complete, the lower-ground floor of the new Clinical Services building will accommodate a number of critical departments, including the Emergency Department (ED) with its ED Short Stay and Ambulatory areas and Ambulance Bays, Medical Imaging; Patient Flow and Mental Health Triage & Emergency Service; Security, Mortuary and plant and communications rooms.
Over 15 concrete trucks and one concrete boom-pump were used, and it took approximately four (4) hours to pour the concrete and an additional two (2) hours to finish the work involved in the concrete pour with the concrete ‘curing’ over the following days. The second ground slab and lift core base pours will be completed early next week.
The $150 million Goulburn Hospital and Health Service Redevelopment builds on the NSW Government’s extensive investment in health facilities across the district. This includes $18.6 million for the Cooma Hospital Redevelopment and the redevelopment of both Yass Hospital and Braidwood Multipurpose Service as part of the Government’s $304 million Multipurpose Service (MPS) Program.
There were some important considerations in preparing for the concrete pour. These included estimating the exact concrete quantity, undertaking preparatory earthworks, installation of in-ground services, edge boards and steel reinforcement.
The weather, the concrete mix design, and consistency are just some of the other key elements in the process.
Concrete is made up of various ingredients, such as cement, water, crushed rock/aggregate and admixtures. The concrete mix design details the ingredients and how ‘workable’ the mix needs to be to meet the engineering requirements, with different mixes used at hotter or colder times of year.
The consistency of concrete quality and reliability of the supply service are also important factors in ensuring a ‘good pour’, and robust and comprehensive quality assurance process will ensure that all concrete pours are completed to the required standard.