More information on the Bloomfield Medical Centre
Construction will shortly begin on the new six-storey Bloomfield Medical Centre on Forest Road.
Once complete, the Bloomfield Tower will be home to a private hospital, rooms for GPs and medical specialists with the greater facility to include retail and allied health services and an 82-bed medi motel.
The developers of the site, James Richmark Pty Ltd and the Zauner Group announced Friday morning that planning conditions have been agreed and the Construction Certificate had been issued.
Construction of the tower is expected to be complete by October 2019.
“I'm very, very pleased to say that the construction certificate has been issued and we are ready to go,” said Frank O’Halloran, Director and majority shareholder of James Richmark Pty Ltd.
“We feel very excited. We look forward to working with the Orange community, particularly the medical community who have been absolutely very, very positive.”
CEO of Zauner Group, Garry Zauner, said the six-story Bloomfield Tower would be an iconic building for Orange and is an exciting project to be part of.
“This project is very, very dear to our heart... the opportunity to bring quality health infrastructure to a community like Orange and enhance what we already have and develop what we already have is a truly humble and great pleasure.”
Civil works will begin on site shortly, he said, followed by the installation or a 34-metre tower crane for the construction of the medical centre building.
“The team, as you can see, are starting to set up and you are going to see some fun stuff happening over the next few months,” said Mr Zauner.
“We have got a tower crane coming, which should put a few smiles on a few faces, we love seeing tower cranes in regional Australia, we think that's where they should be.”
Mr David Hall from Benchmark Commercial said there had been significant interest in the new Bloomfield Medical Centre and a number of tenants have already been locked in including a local food operator and a pharmacy.
He said they are also in advanced negotiations with pathology and radiology services as well as GPs and specialists.
And design work is already underway on the next stage on the next stage of the development which will be an 82 room medi motel, to provide accommodation for patients and visiting family members. The motel will also include a restaurant and conference facilities and construction is expected to begin next year.
Future plans for the site include a childcare centre and an aged care facility.
Deputy Mayor Joanne McRae the Bloomfield Medical Centre will be a boon for the community.
“We're looking at it providing 500 jobs for the Orange community and as a big project for Orange it really cements us as a centre of health for the region,” Cr McRae said.
"It is a really exciting time... We've got the CBD revitalisation project, DPI being built and this health infrastructure — it is absolutely fantastic for Orange."