Another piece of the $320 million Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment puzzle has been put in place this week, with an 18-tonne generator being lifted up to its permanent home today.
The giant piece of equipment will provide back-up power for the new North Tower, once it is commissioned, during those times when mains power supply is interrupted.
The construction of the North Tower is currently progressing to schedule and is due for operational commissioning in early 2020.
The generator was trucked to Lismore in the early hours of Friday morning, 5th July, with a 450-tonne crane – one of only two of its kind in NSW – also arriving overnight to lift the generator up to the seventh floor of the hospital’s South Tower.
“The seventh floor of E Block (South Tower) mainly houses plant and equipment, and will soon be home to the new generator,” Lismore Base Hospital General Manager, Ian Hatton, said.
“Once in place, the generator will be integrated into the back-up power systems for the new North Tower.
“This is a very exciting day for the hospital, as it is not every day you have a 450-tonne crane parked outside your front door to lift a 16-tonne piece of equipment into place.”
Uralba Street from Dibbs Street to Hunter Street is closed to traffic from 4am to 8pm on Friday. Traffic controllers are in place to provide access to the hospital for Ambulance and emergency cases, visitors and patients.
“I request staff, patients, and visitors coming to the Lismore Base Hospital to please follow the instructions from the traffic controllers,” Mr Hatton said.
The new multi-storey North Tower will provide increased inpatient and outpatient capacity, a greater range of services, and improved facilities for patients and staff.
The Stage 3 redevelopment is scheduled for completion mid-2021.