John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct

Under Delivery
John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct

The John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct will see the redevelopment and expansion of 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) 
  • 22 operating theatres and nine interventional suites 
  • imaging services 
  • a birthing suite and inpatient maternity unit 
  • neonatal intensive care and a special care nursery
  • clinical and non-clinical support services,
  • Hospital Executive and Demand Management Unit
  • Retail spaces
  • Rooftop helipad, and
  • increased car parking capacity.

The project also covers refurbishment works to the existing facility, which includes:

  • Upgrading the main entrance with new canopy and improved drop-off zones
  • Two adult inpatient units
  • Hospital Admissions Unit and Administration space
  • New 12 bed Nexus Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit
  • Retail Services
  • Pharmacy services
  • Support services
  • Upgrades to roads across the precinct
  • Landscaping and wayfinding
  • Engineering and ICT services infrastructure
  • Link bridge to connect the Acute Services Building to Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Key Dates

Mar 2019 Project Announcement
Oct 2022 Contract Award
Oct 2022 Construction Commencement
Dec 2026 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NSW Government


Procuring Agency: Health Infrastructure NSW
Successful Tenderer: Multiplex
Related contracts:
Enabling works contract
Successful Tenderer - Multiplex


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.
Apr 2022 Multiplex Constructions was awarded the enabling works contract.
Jun 2022 Early works commenced on the project.
Oct 2022 The NSW Government awarded the construction contract for the project to Multiplex.
Oct 2022 Construction commenced on the project.
Nov 2022 The NSW Government commenced a market sounding process for the development of a medi-hotel located in the Precinct. The proposed hotel would see a 200-bed hotel constructed with step-up/step down health services, clinical suites, pharmacy, pathology, childcare, commercial and retail space.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
New South Wales |
Tender notices
Hotel EOI