Demolition of the disused Ron Dunbier building and former ambulance station in Forbes Street mark the start of an "amazing period" for Liverpool Hospital as work officially starts on the $740 million Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct "once-in-a-generation" redevelopment.
Initial site fencing and sheds have been installed to facilitate the first stage of works which include demolition, road works and upgrades to services like gas, electricity and stormwater to help prepare the site for construction.
Once the state government-funded project is finished, the hospital will be transformed into a world-class hub of medical excellence, education and research with a larger emergency department, expanded intensive care unit and increased women's and children's services. It will also be home to integrated cancer services, enhanced ambulatory care and education and research facilities.
Liverpool Hospital General Manager Karen McMenamin said it was the beginning of an "amazing period in the history of the hospital and Liverpool CBD."
"Our hospital will be redeveloped into one of the leading health precincts in NSW," she said.
"I'm excited that our patients, staff and community members will soon be able to see work happening around the hospital and the beginnings of our vision of the future.''
Ms McMenamin said pedestrian and traffic access around the hospital will change throughout 2020 as ground and road works are carried out to increase service capacity for the site. Campbell, Goulburn, Elizabeth and Forbes Streets and Burnside Drive will be impacted at varying times.
"I would like to thank everyone for their patience as the early works progress and our once-in-a-generation redevelopment gets underway,'' she said.
Work will also start later this year on a $50 million new multi-storey car park which will provide an additional 500 spaces for patients, visitors and staff.