Donnelley Constructions

The Cumberland West Mental health PLR Relocation

Client:  NSW Health Infrastructure
Location: North Parramatta, NSW
Value:  $22,000,000
Start date:  July 2019
End date:  Nov 2020

The Cumberland West Mental health PLR Relocation

Project Profile

To prepare for construction of the Parramatta Light Rail (PLR) this projects aim was to relocate the existing Mental Health accommodation and services to a new purpose-built, greatly improved facility.

Early Works

The Cumberland West Mental Health PLR project was awarded to Donnelley Constructions in July 2019.  The scope of works included relocating and upgrading the inground services, adding a new substation and construction of additional car park facilities. It also included the demolition of five existing cottages, and the refurbishment of four in-patient cottages and 1 staff cottage.

Main Works

The Main works began in November 2019. This scope of works was delivered according to multiple milestones. Firstly, the construction and internal fit-out of a staff demountable building. Then the construction of a new pavilion with facilities for mental health consumer inpatients and their visitors including indoor activity rooms, indoor exercise rooms and outside BBQ and toilet. Finally, the construction of a new single storey, 20 bed sub-acute mental health inpatient unit referred to as New Boronia. The focus of this project was to provide a high-quality upgraded facility with an aesthetically pleasing environment for the end user. This was delivered through incorporation of two outdoor courtyards, bespoke wall murals, common areas and a commercial kitchen. Following the construction of New Boronia, the existing Boronia facility was demolished.

Project Challenges

The prospect of working in a live mental health hospital environment always poses a challenge to a project. Donnelley Constructions continually monitored and re-assessed the impacts of works upon the hospital grounds, patients, staff and the surrounding community.

Working alongside the constructions of the Parramatta Light Rail also posed a challenge, however Donnelley Constructions adjusted plans and schedules accordingly to ensure the mitigation of any issues was identified. All areas surrounding both works remained open during the entire project and were accommodated successfully.

Due to program complications with the Parramatta Light Rail, Health Infrastructure requested the project program be accelerated by 3 months. The site team’s ability to communicate with all stakeholders in all situations saw them manage the above challenges and accelerated completion time to ensure a smooth delivery was achieved.