St John land­mark bull­dozed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By GIOVANNI TORRE

SU­BI­ACO and Wem­b­ley res­i­dents and com­muters wit­nessed a re­mark­able scene on Cam­bridge Street last week as de­mo­li­tion works be­gan on St John of God House.

The six-level build­ing that has stood on the site since 1962 is be­ing de­mol­ished, mak­ing way for the re­de­vel­op­ment of St John of God Su­bi­aco Hos­pi­tal.

St John of God Su­bi­aco Hos­pi­tal act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive John Fog­a­rty said the de­mo­li­tion was a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the hos­pi­tal, as it rep­re­sented the first stage of the hos­pi­tal’s re­de­vel­op­ment.

“Plans for the re­de­vel­op­ment in­clude ex­tra park­ing, op­er­at­ing the­atres, sin­gle rooms and con­sult­ing suites, and a ded­i­cated re­search and ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity, which aim to meet the fu­ture needs of the com­mu­nity and pro­vide more op­tions for our pa­tients and doc­tors,” he said.

SJG House was orig­i­nally built as nurses’ quar­ters and in re­cent years has been used for con­sult­ing suites, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices and par­ent ed­u­ca­tion work­shops.

The Cam­bridge Street en­trance and park­ing around SJG House will be closed un­til late July to as­sist with the de­mo­li­tion works.

All the other en­trances to the hos­pi­tal and park­ing ac­cess re­main open.

Stage 1 of the three-stage re­de­vel­op­ment in­cludes the cre­ation of a Site Mas­ter Plan and de­mo­li­tion of SJG House and re­lated works.

Stage 2 in­volves the ex­pan­sion of the multi-storey carpark near the main en­trance to pro­vide more park­ing op­tions for pa­tients, visi­tors and care­givers.

And stage 3 will see the re­fur­bish­ment of the ex­ist­ing build­ing and ex­pan­sion of clin­i­cal ar­eas, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional op­er­at­ing the­atres, sin­gle rooms and in­ten­sive care and coro­nary care beds.

De­mo­li­tion works on St John of God House.

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