WORK IN PROGRESS: Site manager Dave Fordham and Watpac project manager Brett Rosenthal .
WORK IN PROGRESS: Site manager Dave Fordham and Watpac project manager Brett Rosenthal . Molly Hancock

Milestone reached for construction of new hospital

WORKS on site at the new Roma Hospital are well under way, with the main building ground-floor slabs now complete.

The first suspended slab pour to level one was also completed Thursday morning and in-ground services are continuing throughout the construction site.

Watpac project manager Brett Rosenthal said the foundations for the services building were ongoing, along with continuation of vertical structural elements to the main hospital building.

"The next big milestone for us will be the completion of the suspended concrete slabs to the main hospital building and commencement of the structural steel, which is currently expected towards the end of next month," he said.

"This will be followed by roofing and cladding works, which will allow the public to really see the hospital starting to take shape."

There are 14 local companies employed to complete contracting, supply services and materials on the construction of the new hospital.

"These local companies, along with a number of contractors from out of town employing local labour, has resulted in over 50 local personnel currently being involved in works on the site," Mr Rosenthal said.

"The current number of people working on site is about 60-70 personnel each day."

So far there have been more than 3000 cubic metres of concrete poured on site, with an expected total of about 6000 cubic metres.

"We have currently installed close to 400 tonnes of reinforcement of an expected total of around 700 tonnes," Mr Rosenthal said.

"And we have currently worked over 40,000 hours on site. We're pleased with the progress of the project and the entire site team is working hard to deliver this great facility for the southwest Queensland region."