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Creating Jobs with a Vibrant CBD: Demolition starts at new Health House

Demolition is well underway at the new health house on Cavenagh Street, creating local jobs for Territorians.

The development will create 250 local jobs during construction and then become the headquarters for the NT Department of Health.

Building owner Sandran has also announced that they will rename the building Manunda Place.

It is named after the WWII hospital ship, AHS Manunda, which played an important roles following the 1942 bombing of Darwin.

Demolition of Cavenagh House commenced in May and will be completed in September 2018.

Local company Hutchinson Builders has been engaged to complete the demolition program.

So far, $1.5 million for 17 demolition related works packages have been subcontracted through Sandran’s 95 % local contractor commitment, with all bar one going to Territory Enterprises.

Construction of Manunda Place will take approximately two years and be completed in mid-2020.

Department of Health will be the anchor tenant occupying 7000 m2 and the Department of Corporate and Information Services will be relocating its shared services functions from Casuarina and Palmerston to the new building.

This will see around 270 public servants relocating to the Darwin CBD.

Quotes Attributable to Minister Lauren Moss:

“The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is to create local jobs, and this project will create 250 jobs across construction”

“Once completed, 270 public servants will be based in the CBD, giving businesses in the city a much needed boost.”

“The CBD is key economic driver for the Top End, and the more staff we base in the city the better.”

Quotes attributed to William Philips, Managing Director, Sandran Property Group

“Our vision for this project is to reactivate the Cavenagh, Knuckey and Litchfield Street network to create a vibrant destination and a ‘sense of place’. The name Manunda Place allows us to pay respect to the lifesaving actions of the hospital crew on board the HMAHS Manunda during the Bombing of Darwin, whilst connecting it to the projects anchor tenant, the Department of Health and building on our vision to create a sense of place.”

“During the construction and delivery of the project, we are very committed to employing local people to help deliver the project. We are working with a wide range of local businesses and individuals including local architects, engineers and town planners through to supporting apprentices, trainees and local sub-contractors.”


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