Development has begun on the next stage of the South Australia’s Health and Biomedical Precinct, a $500 million project expected to support as many as 1,000 construction jobs.
The Australian Bragg Centre is a 12-storey project that will house world-leading and lifesaving proton therapy cancer treatment, to be delivered by the South Australian Health and Medical Resource Institute (SAHMRI).
Lendlease will build the landmark development and research facility, which will be developed and owned by SA developer Commercial and General.
The project, also known as “SAHMRI 2”, has received joint funding from the SA and Federal Governments.
To be built adjacent to SAHMRI on North Terrace, the facility will incorporate a 3-floor high-tech cancer treatment centre – the first of its type in Australia – which will treat SA patients as well as those from across the country and globe.
The Australian Bragg Centre is expected to be complete in late 2023, with the first patients to be treated there approximately 18 months later.
When in full operation, it is estimated as many as 600-700 patients will be able to be treated at the facility each year – with around half of these expected to be children and young adults.
SA Premier, Steven Marshall, said this project will further bolster South Australia’s international credentials and create significant economic stimulus and jobs in the wake of COVID-19.
“This significant development will put SA on the map as a pioneer in world-leading, lifesaving proton therapy cancer treatment,” Mr Marshall said.
“It will also provide the state’s building industry with significant economic stimulus as we emerge from the greatest economic challenge of our time, supporting as many as 1,000 jobs and generating an estimated $1 billion in economic activity during the construction phase.
“We are pleased to support this project and look forward to it coming to fruition as a new, iconic landmark along North Terrace.”
The SA Government has provided $47.4 million towards the project, including a $10.6 million grant to assist in the planning and development phase and $36.8 million to relocate the Train Control Centre from North Terrace to Dry Creek, making the site ready for development.
The project is also supported by a $68 million grant from the Federal Government.
SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade, said the state-of-the-art facility will provide world-class care, closer to home.
“South Australians, and people throughout the nation, will no longer need to go overseas to get the care they need,” Mr Wade said.
“This landmark new facility will further establish the Precinct as one of the pre-eminent health care and research hubs in the southern hemisphere.”