Queensland Health Unveils $8 Billion Hospital Expansion Plan, Including Princess Alexandra Hospital

Princess Alexandra Hospital is among the key healthcare facilities selected for major expansion as part of Queensland Health’s $8 billion worth of new hospitals and upgrades under the Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan.

A total of 12 construction companies have been shortlisted as potential tenderers for three new hospitals and nine major hospital expansions, representing a staggering total value of over $8 billion in capital works. With the objective of providing an additional 1,980 beds across Queensland within the next six years, these ambitious projects align with the State Government’s plan to deliver a total of 3,378 additional beds during the same period.

The scope of these projects extends to both regional and South East Queensland, with new hospitals constructed in Bundaberg and Toowoomba, alongside major expansions of  Townsville, Cairns, and Mackay hospitals. 

In the South East, new hospitals are planned in Coomera and six major expansions for Redcliffe, Ipswich, Logan, QEII, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Charles hospitals.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Yvette D’Ath, expressed her enthusiasm for the progress of these new hospitals and expansion projects, stating that they are moving full steam ahead. The shortlisted contractors have been carefully selected based on a rigorous expression of interest process and extensive engagement between Queensland Health and the construction industry. 

“This engagement has meant the tender process to-date has been efficient, transparent and ultimately, competitive and fair,” the Minister said.

To ensure high-quality outcomes, Queensland Health has set stringent standards for the contractors, emphasising design principles that prioritise people, place, value-add, and technology. Successful tenderers will need to meet these standards as they work closely with the newly established Health Capital Division in the Department of Health, as well as the local Hospital and Health Services. 

 “A level of standardisation across all hospital projects will not only ensure we have contemporary health facilities, but also aim to make the design, construction and operational stages more efficient.

“I look forward to working together to deliver better health services for all Queenslanders.

“The construction of these three new hospitals and nine major hospital expansions will also provide a significant economic boost and support local businesses, creating around 19,947 construction jobs.”

In addition to the hospitals and expansions, the Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan also encompasses the construction of the state-of-the-art Queensland Cancer Centre, expansions of the Hervey Bay and Robina hospitals, the Accelerated Infrastructure Delivery Program focusing on additional beds in 2023 and 2024, and the Building Rural and Remote Health Program.

Queensland Health has called for tender submissions from the shortlisted construction companies for the contracts on these projects:

Project nameAdditional bedsInvestmentCompletionConstruction jobs
New Toowoomba Hospital118$1.3 billionSecond half of 20273,127
New Coomera Hospital404$1.3 billionSecond half of 20273,158
New Bundaberg Hospital121$1.2 billionSecond half of 20272,887
Redcliffe Hospital Expansion204$1.06 billionSecond half of 20282,573
Ipswich Hospital Expansion Stage 2200$710 millionSecond half of 20271,713
Logan Hospital Expansion Stage 2112$530 millionSecond half of 20261,290
Townsville University Hospital Expansion143$530 millionSecond half of 20261,276
QEII Hospital Expansion112$465 millionSecond half of 20271,120
PA Hospital Expansion249$350 millionSecond half of 2026854
Prince Charles Hospital Expansion93$300 millionSecond half of 2027728
Cairns Hospital Expansion96$250 millionFirst half of 2026611
Mackay Hospital Expansion128$250 millionSecond half of 2026610

More information about the Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan can be found here

Published 27-May-2023