New forensic facility
The NSW Government is investing $91.5 million in a new, state‐of‐the‐art health and justice facility at Lidcombe.
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The new facility will house NSW Health Pathology’s forensic medicine services and the NSW Coroner’s Court which are currently located at Glebe. The new purpose‐built facility will not only provide a better working environment for staff but also a more appropriate environment for families who need to access these important services.
The two services are currently co-located at Glebe in facilities that are more than 30 years old and offer little opportunity to upgrade or expand to meet future needs.
The new development will bring employment opportunities and state-of-the-art government services to Western Sydney, providing a boost to the local economy. The 2016-17 State Budget allocated $4 million towards continued planning for the project in 2016-17, with further funds for construction to be allocated in following years.
The new facility will be built in Lidcombe on existing government property approximately 2.2 kilometres south of Lidcombe Town Centre. The site is bounded by Joseph Street to the west, Main Avenue to the north, and Weeroona Road to the south.
It will be a three-story buliding with a maximum height of approximately 18.5 metres. The existing buildings on the site range from one to three storeys.
Around double the size of the current building at Glebe, the new complex will include four large courtrooms for coronial hearings and a vastly improved working environment for coronial and forensic medicine teams who help deliver answers about thousands of unexpected and unexplained deaths and disappearances each year.
The Department of Planning and Environment has approved the State Significant Development application and site preparation works began late last year.
As in many construction projects like this one, hazardous building material was identified during the site investigation phase and this will now be removed safely using licenced contractors. Air monitoring will also be carried out during these works to ensure the safety of staff, works and surrounding community.
Demolition began in early April and is expected to continue until June. After that is compelte main construction works will begin with new facilities up and running by 2019. No decisions have been made at this stage regarding the future of the current site at Glebe, which will be decommissioned after the new facilities are operational.
The project is a joint initiative between NSW Health and the NSW Department of Justice, with a dedicated project team at Health Infrastructure responsible for delivery of the project.
Further updates will be provided here when they're available or visit Health Infrastructure