John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct

John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct

Prior to being re-elected at the 2019 NSW State election, the NSW Government committed $780 million to redevelop the John Hunter Hospital.

The redevelopment will take place on a new site and will include a new seven-storey Acute Services Building with:

  • a new Emergency Department 
  • critical care services (adult and paediatric) 
  • operating theatres and interventional suites 
  • imaging services 
  • a birthing suite and inpatient maternity unit 
  • neonatal intensive care and a special care nursery 
  • retail spaces
  • new hospital entrance canopy and drop-off zone
  • rooftop helipad, and
  • increased car parking capacity.

Key Dates

Mar 2019 Project Announcement
Mar 2023 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2027 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NSW Government


Procuring Agency: Health Infrastructure NSW


Aug 2019 Health Infrastructure NSW released the Master Plan for the Precinct. The agency is coordinating a project team to progress the Master Plan. This team comprises BVN, TSA Management, Steensen Varming, Northrop, Warren Smith and Partners, and Altus Group.
Jun 2020 The 2019-20 NSW Budget provided $3.5 million in FY2019-20 to commence early works on the project.
Oct 2020 The NSW Government released the concept design for the project.
Nov 2020 The 2020-21 New South Wales Budget allocated $16 million in the financial year for the development of the project.
Feb 2021 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) were reissued as a single development application. The single State Significant Development application will seek consent for the construction and operation of a new Acute Services Building and refurbishment of existing hospital facilities at John Hunter Hospital.
May 2021 The NSW Government released detailed designs of the Acute Services Building.
Jun 2021 The State Significant Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement were put on public exhibition until 28 June.
Jun 2021 The 2021-22 NSW Budget allocated $34 million to the project for FY2021-22. The Budget also indicated a cost increase for the project, from $780 million to $835 million.
Nov 2021 The Director under delegation from the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces granted planning approval to the project, subject to recommended conditions.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
New South Wales |