Builders beam­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CANDLER

RON­ALD McDon­ald House Perth (RMHP) will cel­e­brate a ma­jor con­struc­tion mile­stone when Doric builders place the fi­nal top-storey beam on its new $27 mil­lion house to­day. “The top­ping out cer­e­mony sig­ni­fies an ex­cit­ing next stage for us,” RMHP chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter King said. “We are now look­ing at how we will trans­fer the pos­i­tive fam­ily at­mos­phere from our cur­rent house into the new house, which is not as sim­ple as some peo­ple might think. To­day shows us the fruits of WA’s in­cred­i­ble gen­eros­ity in get­ting this house built, in par­tic­u­lar the busi­ness and gov­ern­ment com­mu­nity.” The new Ron­ald McDon­ald House is ex­pected to open to fam­i­lies later this year once the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal is fin­ished and will be three times the ca­pac­ity of its Subiaco fa­cil­ity.

AF­TER mov­ing into Ron­ald McDon­ald House when four-yearold Harry was di­ag­nosed with stage 4 neu­rob­las­toma last year, the Ho­ran fam­ily got a spe­cial sneak peek of the new house on Fri­day.

They ex­plored the first of 47 fam­ily rooms to be com­pleted this year at the new Ron­ald McDon­ald House Perth (RMHP) in Ned­lands.

Bec Ho­ran said she and hus­band Lee had been over­whelmed with sup­port from RMH, even help­ing en­rol their daugh­ter Ava (8) at Subiaco Pri­mary School.

“Stay­ing at the house has al­lowed us to keep all our fam­ily to­gether,” Mrs Ho­ran said.

“Be­ing so close to the hos­pi­tal means we don’t have to travel and saves us from hav­ing to find a prop­erty to rent. With nei­ther of us able to work at the mo­ment, it is cer­tainly a huge help.”

Hav­ing com­pleted the up­per­most level to­day, Doric gen­eral manager Vince Mulholland said the con­struc­tion team was proud to bring to life a build­ing that will pro­vide fam­i­lies with a calm­ing and heal­ing home.

“Know­ing the im­por­tance of this project for fam­i­lies need­ing to use the new Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, we have worked hard to de­liver it on time and on bud­get,” Mr Mulholland said.

“Ev­ery room of the house is im­por­tant to the fam­i­lies that will re­side there, from the communal lounges and dining room to the ac­com­mo­da­tion rooms, recre- ation ar­eas, rooftop gar­den and gym­na­sium.”

RMHP chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter King said it was a sur­real feel­ing to stand in the door­way of a per­fectly fin­ished room in an as-yet un­com­pleted house.

“What it leaves us with is the un­der­stand­ing of ex­actly how th­ese chil­dren and fam­i­lies will ex­pe­ri­ence this space, which is re­ally sat­is­fy­ing,” Mr King said.

“We are very grate­ful for the con­struc­tion work Doric has com­pleted to help re­alise our vi­sion.”

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d434112

Doric project manager Richard

Wil­lis-Jones and Ron­ald McDon­ald House chief ex­ec­u­tive

Peter King with Bec and Lee Ho­ran and son Harry (4).

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson

Bec and Lee Ho­ran with Harry.

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