Acute Services Building        Farewells final tower crane

Tower-Crane-Dismantle-December-2022.jpgThe Prince of Wales Hospital Acute Services Building (ASB) has reached another construction milestone, with the last of the project’s tower cranes leaving the site in the lead up to the new 13-storey building opening to patients in early 2023.

To support construction of the ASB, two tower cranes were used on site, one north and one south.
The tower cranes were assembled in 2019 and were named by local school students following a ‘Name the Crane’ competition hosted by principal construction partner, Lendlease.

As the building progressed, the first tower crane to be dismantled was ‘Galu’, named by a student from La Perouse Primary School. In Dharawal, the Aboriginal language, Galu means crane (the animal).

In December 2022, the remaining tower crane, ‘Koby’, which had been associated with construction of the ASB for more than three years, was safely dismantled – just over a year and a half since the ASB reached its highest point.

‘Koby’, the courageous crane, was named by a patient at the Sydney Children’s Hospital who’d been admiring the construction site and watching the tower cranes being installed whilst in hospital.

Now that the project has farewelled Galu and Koby, a new mobile crane has been set up to support ongoing construction of the UNSW integrated research and teaching facilities, which will be a 10-storey extension on the eastern side of the ASB, due for completion early 2023.

Keep an eye out for new tower cranes that will be used to support construction of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre (SCH1/MCCCC), and Health Translation Hub projects from 2023.

Timelapse of Koby being dismantled