Canberra Hospital Expansion

Under Delivery
Canberra Hospital Expansion

The proposed Canberra Hospital and will see the construction of the Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency (SPIRE) Centre. The Centre will be located on the north-eastern side, between Hospital Road and Palmer Street.

The SPIRE will deliver:

  • 22 operating theatres, with separate theatres dedicated to elective and emergency surgeries
  • enhanced procedural, critical care and imaging facilities
  • 148 inpatient beds including 60 intensive care unit beds and 24 coronary care unit beds
  • 55 day surgery beds
  • 114 emergency treatment spaces
  • integrated radiology and medical imaging facilities, and
  • patient, carer and staff spaces for respite, learning and meeting.

Key Dates

2016 Project Announcement
Nov 2019 EOIs Open
Dec 2019 EOIs Close
May 2020 RFT Open
Aug 2020 Preferred Bidder Selection
Jun 2021 Financial Close
Jul 2021 Expected Construction Commencement
Jul 2022 Construction Commencement
Jul 2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

ACT Government


Procuring Agency: Australian Capital Territory Government
Shortlist: Lendlease Multiplex
Successful Tenderer: Multiplex
Procurement note:

The main contract was awarded to Multiplex in August 2020 following an Early Contractor Involvement process.

Related contracts:
Cost Consultant
Successful Tenderer - WT Partnership

Environmental Impact Assessment Advisor
Successful Tenderer - AECOM

Probity Advisor
Successful Tenderer - Maddocks


Jun 2017 In its 2017-18 budget, the ACT Government committed $236 million to the project over the forward estimates, including $6 million over two years to undertake planning, and $230 million for initial capital works and design.
Mar 2018 The request for Registrations of Interest for proof of concept design for SPIRE was issued.
Jun 2019 In the 2019-20 Budget, the ACT Government made a $54.8 million commitment to the project over the forward estimates with provisions made for the estimated construction costs unpublished.
Jul 2019 A Request for Tender was released for legal services for the project on behalf of Major Projects Canberra.
Nov 2019 A request for Expressions of Interests was released. An Approach to Market was also issued for demolition of building eight that forms part of enabling work for the SPIRE.
Mar 2020 The ACT Government announced Lendlease and Multiplex were shortlisted to progress to the Request for Tender phase.
May 2020 Request for Tender was issued for design and construction of building eight.
Aug 2020 The ACT Government selected Multiplex as the successful bidder, following an Early Contractor Involvement process.
Feb 2021 The 2020-21 ACT Budget provided $40.8 million toward the Canberra Hospital Expansion. Additional funding is expected to be provided under the $1.7 billion Infrastructure Investment Provisions package of the Budget following finalisation of commercial negotiations.
Jun 2021 The ACT Government signed the main design and construction contract with Multiplex.
Aug 2021 The project received planning approval.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Australian Capital Territory |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (near-term, 0-5 years)