An artist's impression of the new hospital after the redevelopment at Kingaroy.
An artist's impression of the new hospital after the redevelopment at Kingaroy.

LOOK UP: Skyline change on horizon for Kingaroy hospital

THE Kingaroy Hospital upgrade development project is well underway with Broad Construction having already started, and an upcoming change in the Kingaroy skyline on the horizon.

The Darling Downs Health Director Projects, Property and Planning, Phil Gregory said so far everything was going to plan.

"The Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment is on time and on track to be completed in the second half of 2021," he said.

"Construction commenced in August and underground works are in progress, with piers completed and underground plumbing services well advanced.

"In the coming months work will begin on the main hospital slab and electrical infrastructure."

For those living in Kingaroy, keep an eye out for a big change in the next few weeks.

"The skyline of Kingaroy will also change in the coming weeks with the installation of a large tower crane that will be a prominent landmark for Kingaroy during construction," Mr Gregory said.

"We have been working closely with Broad Construction to minimise any inconvenience to the community, and together we have been staying in contact with our neighbours, staff, patients, and stakeholders to keep them informed about the works."

However despite their best efforts, nearby residents should expect a certain level of noise disturbance throughout the upcoming construction.

According to the Darling Downs Health Queensland website:

"As the project works are in such proximity to the current hospital, the facility will occasionally feel the effects of construction works such as noise and dust, however, we will be working tirelessly with the contractors to minimise disruptions to staff, patients and visitors."

Broad Construction has also been making the effort to use local subcontractors, in an effort to keep the employment and economic opportunities local.

"Broad Construction is using many local contractors including electricians, hydraulics contractors, surveyors, fencing contractors, concreters, plumbers, and local engineers," Mr Gregor said.

"Broad Construction is also renting local homes to house their staff and are committed to supporting the Kingaroy community.

"The redeveloped Kingaroy Hospital will be larger than the existing Kingaroy Hospital and additional staff will be required after construction is completed.

"We are currently undertaking workforce planning and internal consultation in preparation for the additional work force when it is required."