Hos­pi­tal con­tract lures key builder

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

ONE of Aus­tralia’s old­est pri­vately owned builders, Wool­lam Con­struc­tions, is ex­pand­ing to Townsville.

The com­pany, which has traded for more than 130 years, has been con­tracted to de­sign and con­struct a 60- bed men­tal health hos­pi­tal at a for­mer State Gov­ern­ment build­ing in Wills Street in Townsville’s CBD.

Wool­lam Townsville

has ap­pointed con­struc­tion in- dus­try pro­fes­sional Gary In­ness as its North Queens­land man­ager

Mr In­ness said the com­pany would open a new of­fice at 511 Flin­ders St shortly and aimed to win more work in the city, par­tic­u­larly in the aged care and health sec­tors.

Wool­lam is gut­ting the for­mer Trans­port Depart­ment build­ing and con­vert­ing the four- level con­crete and con­crete block build­ing into the Townsville Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal for Health Care Aus­tralia.

Mr In­ness said the build­ing re­quired ma­jor work and had to meet new stan­dards to with­stand earth­quakes.

“We have com­pletely gut­ted the build­ing. It’s ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment,” Mr In­ness said.

A ground floor por­tion of the work is set to be handed to the client at the end of the month, with the re­main­ing work ex­pected to be com­pleted in Oc­to­ber.

Wool­lam is famed for con­struct­ing some of Queens­land’s land­mark build­ings in­clud­ing Bris­bane’s Break­fast Creek Ho­tel and the Stock­man’s Hall of Fame in Lon­greach.

It has been ac­tive in re­gional Queens­land, par­tic­u­larly in its for­mer home base of Mackay and at Townsville, where it de­vel­oped the James Cook Univer­sity Med­i­cal School.

The com­pany, now based in Bris­bane, has built schools, hos­pi­tals and air­port ter­mi­nals around Aus­tralia.

Wool­lam is led by manag- ing di­rec­tor Craig Per­ci­val and di­rec­tor Ge­orge Bo­giatzis.

Mr In­ness will head Wool­lam’s North Queens­land branch and help the com­pany to de­velop more op­por­tu­ni­ties in north and cen­tral Queens­land.

Mr In­ness has more than 40 years of con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture ex­pe­ri­ence in civil en­gi­neer­ing and pro­ject man­age­ment and, most re­cently, was North Queens­land man­ager for Abi­group Con­trac­tors, bought out by Lend Lease.

NEW ROLE: Wool­lam Con­struc­tions North Queens­land man­ager Gary In­ness at the Townsville Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal pro­ject in Wills Street in the CBD.

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