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Hospital upgrade: giant cranes to dominate landscape

For the next year and a half two giant cranes will dominate the Campbelltown landscape day and night.

The recently arrived behemoths, which will play a crucial role in the $632 million upgrade of Campbelltown Hospital, can lift up to 24 tons up close and maximum reach of 65 metres.

The electronic hammerhead tower cranes – one 76 metres high and the other 60 metres – are so imposing Campbelltown Hospital is running a competition to give them names.

Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals general manager Alison Derrett says the arrival of the cranes was exciting for the community.

 “We are running a competition to name the cranes and are inviting local primary school children to participate,’’ Ms Derrett said.

“It is wonderful for our patients, staff and community to see the progress of the redevelopment and see the new building take shape throughout the year.’’

Ms Derrett said the cranes were delivered to the hospital in smaller parts on trucks with other small cranes used to assemble them on site.

“The concrete bases for the cranes were prepared before they arrived,” Ms Derrett said.

“They are also lit at night so they can be seen by helicopters landing at the hospital.’’

The cranes are expected to remain on site until mid-2021.

They will be used to move materials around the site and lift major pieces of equipment to higher levels of the building.

The NSW Government is investing $632 million in the Campbelltown Hospital stage two redevelopment and $34.1 million multi-storey car park, delivering a world-class hospital which will service the community for decades to come. The redevelopment includes an expanded emergency department, a new intensive care unit, upgraded maternity, paediatric, mental health, cancer and surgical services and enhanced diagnostic services, including more medical imaging equipment.

For details on the Name the Crane competition follow the Campbelltown Hospital Facebook page or visit www.campbelltownredevelopment.health.nsw.gov.au. Entries close on Sunday, March 1.

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