A decision on the old Gold Coast hospital site

A tender to demolish the Southport Hospital has been awarded to Rosenlund Contractors Pty Ltd paving the way for the site to be redeveloped for the benefit of Gold Coast residents.

Assistant Minister for Planning Reform and Member for Southport Rob Molhoek said demolition of the old hospital and associated buildings would pave the way for sale of the 3.5 hectare CBD site within the Southport Priority Development Area.

“At the election our government promised better planning and infrastructure and this demolition and re-development opportunity delivers on that commitment to Gold Coasters,” Mr Molhoek said.


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“It will give the private sector the opportunity to create an innovative development on the newly-cleared site, which is right on the doorstep of the light rail station in Southport’s CBD.

“A marketing campaign is set to get underway later this year and the Government will consider either the sale of 3 individual sites or a single transaction for the entire site.”

Mr Molhoek said contractors would begin site preparation later this month with demolition expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

“Initial works will involve the strip out of buildings including the careful removal of asbestos,” he said.

“This process will be carried out in accordance with a strict Hazardous Management Plan that will need to be approved by State Government authorities, and comply with statutory safety requirements.

“Independent air quality monitoring will be in place before and during the removal process and traffic flow will be controlled under an approved Traffic Management Plan prepared by the contractor.”

“Normal construction industry hours of work will apply, including Saturday work.”

Mr Molhoek said there have been many spin-off benefits to both the local and an overseas community from the planned demolition.

“Already surplus hospital equipment has been donated and relocated to the Bairo Pite Hospital in East Timor,” he said.

“The Southport Broadwater Rotary Club relocated the hospital chapel to the Broadwater Parklands and the Broadbeach Rotary Club has moved a demountable building to a Southport location for use in the Rotary Club mobility scooter program.”

Mr Molhoek said on-going communication and engagement with the local community about progress of the demolition will ensure Southport businesses and residents are well-informed.

Rosenlund commenced trading in 1963 and is acknowledged as a national leader in demolition with a large range of specialist plant and equipment. The company has undertaken a number of high profile demolition jobs throughout south east Queensland. Its recent demolition projects include the Illuka Tower at Surfers Paradise, L Block at QUT and the demolition of the Tennyson Power Station.