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.”
Doric project manager Richard
Willis-Jones and Ronald McDonald House chief executive
Peter King with Bec and Lee Horan and son Harry (4).
Bec and Lee Horan with Harry.