Construction on the main part of the troubled makeover of Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) in Tasmania has moved closer following the release of an advertisement for a package of early works associated with the project.

On Sunday, managing contractor John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture called for registrations of interest for work associated with remediation and relocation of infrastructure services to allow for demolition of the existing services tunnel, demolition of the B Block Fan Building and the existing Building A-B Link, and construction of an enclosed three-storey temporary walkway connecting Building’s A and B, as well as a new temporary loading dock at the Hobart Private Hospital rear car park.

The works are part of Stage One work on the new inpatient precinct, the main part of a $586 million makeover of the hospital which also includes a new $25 million cancer centre, new clinics, a new medical imaging facility and a redeveloped critical care medicine department.

Set to open in 2017, the new precinct will consist of two 10-storey towers built in a ‘H’ configuration and will feature an upgraded intensive care unit, new operating theatres and procedure rooms and a dedicated women’s and children’s precinct.

The project has not come without controversy, however. In August, the government was forced to reveal a scaled-down version of the redevelopment and acknowledge the development would not be finished until June 2017 – a year later than originally planned – following massive cost overruns and delays.

The new works are scheduled to commence early next year following the close of tenders on December 4. Other parts of Stage One (not included in the packages) include detailed design work and the delivery of a Guaranteed Construction Sum (GCS) which guarantees the cost of construction to taxpayers will be contained within a ‘funding envelope.’

The release of the packages follows the appointment of the John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture between Leighton subsidiary John Holland and Devonport based commercial builder Fairbrother as managing contractor in September.

Major construction work is set to commence after the GCS is agreed upon.