Milestone reached in new hospital development

Netcare Alberton Hospital building officially handed over to Netcare, ready to be licenced, fitted and furnished

Netcare Alberton Hospital

Construction of the new Netcare Alberton Hospital has recently been completed and Trencon Construction, the main contractor, has officially handed over the building to Netcare for the next phase of preparations for the hospital’s scheduled opening in April this year. 

The new 427-bed hospital will add to the already extensive set of disciplines and services moving across from the nearby Netcare Union and Netcare Clinton hospitals, introducing further specialised sub-disciplines and creating additional healthcare capacity to serve people in the surrounding communities and much further afield.

“The handover represents a significant milestone in the development of our new future fit healthcare facility,” says Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Netcare’s hospital division.

“I would like to thank Trencon Construction and express our appreciation to the highly professional team of project manager, architect, quantity surveyor and the consulting engineering firms, as well as the many local, national and international sub-contractors and suppliers, for their hard work and exacting standards in bringing this large construction project to fruition.”

Following functional testing, the four-story building, comprising a total gross building area (GBA) of 60 343m² including a basement parking area, was handed over to Netcare after all the necessary requirements were met by the main contractor.

“We are very proud to have delivered the new Netcare Alberton Hospital in time and to the highest quality, given the impact of COVID-19 and difficult market constraints. It was also a very difficult time for our business with the passing of our founder, Mr Amarnath Singh, during the construction,” says Yavani Singh-Ninan, chief executive officer (CEO) of Trencon Construction.

“We would like to thank the Netcare team for this opportunity, and congratulate them on adding their largest newly built hospital to their portfolio. We look forward to working together in the future,” she added.

The hospital has been developed by the Rejem-Linton-Netcare Joint Venture, a joint venture consisting of Netcare Properties, local businessman Riaan Jonker and Nedbank. The project included substantial investment in local labour and businesses, and at the peak of construction, offered employment to more than 800 local people, while more than 90 local companies were utilised, and in excess of R200 million was spent with local businesses and suppliers.

“The handover of the site represents the culmination of a decade long journey of options analysis, planning and implementation of this new purpose built hospital. We are currently liaising with the Gauteng Department of Health to complete the licensing process, and are working at full steam to install all the medical and other equipment, furnishings and consumables necessary to manage such a large, ultramodern and well-appointed healthcare facility,” Du Plessis explains. 

“The community may have noticed the Netcare Alberton Hospital sign that is now up and prominently visible on the brand new building at 1 Netcare Avenue, Newmarket, Alberton, on the former grounds of the old Newmarket racecourse and across the road from the Mall at Newmarket shopping complex,” adds Richard Mulder, general manager of the new hospital. A medical centre adjacent to the hospital building will be linked to the hospital via a sky bridge.

“We look forward to providing caring and healing at the new Netcare Alberton Hospital, where we will continue to build on the specialised services and care that are currently provided by healthcare practitioners at Netcare Union and Netcare Clinton hospitals,” Mulder concluded.

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