Canberra Hospital Expansion - SPIRE


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Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

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Canberra Hospital Expansion - SPIRE

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

Credibly proposed

The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   


The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.

Under procurement

The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

Recently closed

Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.

ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Social infrastructure
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

The ACT Government committed to an expansion of the Canberra Hospital in the 2016 election. The proposed $500 million investment would be for the Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency (SPIRE) Centre, which is required to support Canberra's growing population.

In the 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. It is expected that construction of the SPIRE will begin in 2020 and begin operating by the mid-2020s.

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million commitment to the project over the forward estimates with provisions made for the estimated construction costs unpublished.

The SPIRE will include:

- seven new operating theatres, with separate theatres dedicated to elective and emergency surgeries;
- enhanced procedural, critical care and imaging facilities;
- two inpatient wards with 64 beds for patients requiring overnight care;
- a new coronary care unit with 24 beds;
- a new and expanded emergency department, allowing the current ED to be dedicated to women and children;
- a new intensive care unit with 48 bed bays, including beds dedicated to pediatric care; and
- a new day surgery centre with seven procedure rooms.

The SPIRE was originally planned to be constructed on the northern end of the Canberra Hospital campus. However in December 2018, the location was clarified to be the north-eastern side, between Hospital Road and Palmer Street.

Request for Registrations of Interest for proof of concept design for SPIRE closed on 29 March 2018.

In July 2019, a Request for Tender was released for legal services for the project on behalf of Major Projects Canberra.

Construction is expected to commence in 2020, with planned completion in 2023-24.

Last reviewed: 26/07/2019

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