Donnelley Constructions

Author: Stephani

Source: https://thepulse.org.au/2022/02/22/patients-move-into-state-of-the-art-new-mental-health-unit-at-blacktown-hospital/

The future of mental health care has arrived in Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) with the completion of a 30-bed Acute Adult Mental Health Inpatient Service unit at Blacktown Hospital.

The stunning indoor and outdoor areas are all designed to support and empower patients in their recovery, with features including recreation and fitness spaces, sensory and de-escalation rooms, an abundance of natural light and beautiful artwork throughout the unit.

Staff and patients moved into the stunning new unit today following a welcome to country and smoking ceremony on Monday 21 February by Aboriginal elders Uncle Wes Marne and Uncle Greg Simms.

Kelly was the first patient to move into the new unit today and particularly appreciated the sensory room with its laidback lounge, ceiling art and private outdoor space.

“It’s amazing, it’s more than we could have hoped for. It’s very nicely done and I’m really lucky to be here,” Kelly said.

It’ll make me and other people a lot calmer and feel a lot more welcome, and feel like this is a safe place that they can get better in.

“This new space is so inviting and so welcoming; I think people will find it caring and supportive with the staff that are here, because they’re good staff as well.”

Speaking at Monday’s ceremony, WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy hailed the unit as a much-welcome upgrade from Bungarribee House that would integrate acute mental health care with other acute health services in Blacktown Hospital.

“This is really the first big step in connecting mental health care with physical health care and looking after all the needs of our consumers and our patients,” Mr Loy said.

“You can really see how the consumers have worked with us to make the space as best as we possibly can. Health Infrastructure and our Capital Works team have done a brilliant job. I couldn’t be more impressed. It’s a beautiful space.”

Consumers, families and staff all contributed at each stage of the design process, helping to create a therapeutic space that would best support recovery-oriented contemporary models of care.

“Those with lived experience of mental illness were involved from the very beginning. This was the first project where we had consumer and carer co-design from the beginning, and it shows. They really reshaped and redefined the way that we made this unit,” said Professor Vlasios Brakoulias, WSLHD Mental Health executive director.

“Everyone’s had something very important to contribute and with respect we’ve made it all come together to this fabulous project.”

Associate Professor Greg de Moore, director of WSLHD Mental Health clinical services, said the connection between mental and physical health had never been more important or so well recognised.

“The development of this unit is an extraordinary step forward for Western Sydney,” A/Prof de Moore said.

It is really a tremendous advance for us and certainly the facilities are gorgeous. I’m sure staff, consumers and their families will all enjoy and feel a great sense of pride in this unit.”

Blacktown Hospital general manager Ned Katrib described the new unit as “second to none”.

“I’m looking forward to working very closely with Mental Health in this new partnership to make sure that the needs of the community are met and we deliver great care across Western Sydney,” Mr Katrib said.

The relocation complements the $700 million Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Expansion Project, and makes way for Bungarribee House to be demolished and work to begin on a new purpose-built mental health facility at Blacktown Hospital.


Due to the floods the official Challenge was cancelled this weekend, however, Team Donnelley Constructions travelled to Oberon to complete our own course to raise money for The Smith Family Challenge 2022.

With encouragement from our sponsors, we set out at 7:30am Friday 11 March, to complete a loop of Tarana and the Oberon district. We completed the course in exactly 10 hours with approx. 25km of Running/Trekking and over 70Km of Mountain Biking. There are some serious hills in this part of the world!

It was a massive effort by Team Donnelley Constructions members; Adam Donnelley, Tom Millner, Andrew Brown and Toby Cadwallader. More importantly, we have raised over $61,000, with some more corporate support still to come. These funds will sponsor approximately 100 disadvantaged Aussie children paying for their entire education costs for 1 year.

We would like to thank the awesome people at The Smith Family who dedicate their lives to making a difference and for their support and encouragement in allowing us to complete this challenge. Legends!

If you would like to donate to Team Donnelley Constructions, just click on this link https://www.thesmithfamilychallenge.com.au/fundraisers/wwwdonconcomau/the-smith-family-challenge-2022


Donnelley Constructions successfully achieved completion 3 months earlier than the original 12 month contract to facilitate the early commencement of the Parramatta Light Rail construction works.

“Health Infrastructure would like to thank and congratulate Donnelley Constructions for the successful delivery of the relocation of the 20 bed Sub-acute (Boronia Building) and 20 bed Non-acute (Cottages) Mental Health Facilities to make way for the Parramatta Light Rail route alignment within the Cumberland West Hospital campus.

Notwithstanding the accelerated programme and the nature of the various projects, Donnelley’s has demonstrated a proactive approach to mitigate any delays, and there was no compromise on the level of completeness and quality at Completion. Furthermore, the exceptional management of the live environment disruption protocols required when operating in an operating mental health facility has been acknowledged by all relevant stakeholders. “


Donnelley Constructions was awarded the multimillion-dollar upgrade to Killarney Heights Public School. This time lapse video shows the School’s 1970’s Bini shell concrete dome being demolished to make way for seven new permanent and flexible classrooms to cope with the unprecedented growth in the Northern Beaches area. Expected completion early 2020.


Donnelley Constructions recently donated construction equipment like the welding generator in the picture below to the School for Life Foundation. This worthwhile Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working in rural Uganda. They build schools to provide communities with quality education, transforming developing communities to become more productive, sustainable and profitable places. It was great to see our donation was well received.


Blacktown Hospital Stage 2 and 3 – Enabling Works

Donnelley Constructions began work on Stage 2 and 3 in 2016, this project includes $40 million worth of upgrades to parking and roadways within the hospital campus.

This project also includes bulk excavation and diversion of existing infrastructure in preparation for new high-tech facilities.

Donnelley Constructions is also responsible for multiple refurbishment contracts upgrading areas in Forensic, Executive Suite, Inpatient Haemodialysis Unit and Project Offices.


Known for our ability to keep to tight timeframes and controlling multiple contracts simultaneously, Donnelley Constructions is on track to completing the new Regional Dialysis Centre at Blacktown Hospital in April. Construction started on the $6 million Health Infrastructure contract in October 2015. When complete the centre will be relocated to a new purpose built facility servicing more than 1.5 million outpatients for renal dialysis, education and training.

Blacktown Hospital Stage 2 Enabling Works began in February. This project includes $9 million worth of upgrades to parking and roads within the hospital campus. It also requires clearing space and upgrading infrastructure, ready for the future installation of new high-tech facilities.

Donnelley Constructions is also responsible for multiple minor refurbishment contracts upgrading areas in Forensic, Admissions and Project Offices.


Early Works Stage 2

Donnelley Constructions has now begun the Early Works Stage 2, in the redevelopment of Gosford Hospital for NSW Health Infrastructure, after successfully completing Stage 1 in May 2015.

This $8.3 million contract with NSW Health Infrastructure is part of the NSW Government’s major upgrade which is expected to be completed by 2019. This project will deliver a new emergency department, intensive care unit, an expanded high dependency unit, new operating theatres and maternity services including beds, birthing and a special care nursery.

Mr Baird said this project would transform the way health care is delivered to the Central Coast community.  “The redevelopment of Gosford Hospital is a priority for the NSW Government. The new Gosford Hospital will be a facility the people of the Central Coast can be proud of,” Mr Baird said.


Donnelly Constructions has been awarded a $4.1 million contract to upgrade Concord Hospital’s Translational Research Facility from Sydney Local Health District. This is part of the NSW Government’s pledge to turn Concord Hospital into a leading cancer treatment and research facility.

This project includes the design and construction of a PC2 laboratory to house research animals. It involves demolition, relocation of existing services and extensive mechanical works. Donnelley Constructions will be working in a live hospital environment, coordinating closely with the Hospital User Group and adhering to a strict budget.


The $7 million expansion of John Hunter Children’s Hospital was awarded to Donnelley Constructions and works on Stage One have already begun. This much needed upgrade will double the current neonatal intensive care floor space and increase beds from 42 to 53, putting it among the largest of the 10 neonatal intensive care units in the state.

Donnelley Constructions will be building greatly improved facilities for staff and parents, including privacy dividers between each special care crib, reclining chairs and mini fridges for storing breastmilk.

The Hospital’s Director of Newborn Services, Paul Craven, said the unit which opened in 1991, not only takes babies from the sprawling Hunter-New England region, but from across the state as well. He said it was a much needed project for the hospital and will be funded by Hunter Health Infrastructure.

The refurbishment will include demolition of existing internal areas, construction and fit out of the neonatal intensive care unit along with commissioning of all systems and providing operational training to all staff.