Full steam ahead on the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment

The John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture (JHFBJV) is looking forward to delivering the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment project, with the Tasmanian Health Minister announcing the approval of the $389m Guaranteed Construction Sum (GCS).

The project is being delivered under a two stage Managing Contractor (MC) relationship model – Stage 1 being the submission of the GCS and early works and Stage 2 the construction of a ten-storey inpatient facility called K-Block.

Construction of a new temporary building is currently underway, to enable the construction of the new inpatient clinic to begin mid next year.

The Chief Executive Officer of John Holland, Glenn Palin, said the new 10-storey K-Block will accommodate operating theatres, women’s clinics, endoscopy, paediatrics, maternity and mental health functions.

“The project presents us with an exciting construction challenge, we’ll be working on a constrained brownfields site, whilst maintaining hospital operations at all times,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer of Fairbrother, Craig Edmunds, said the Joint Venture partners were proud to be delivering a project that is providing a major contribution to the Tasmanian economy.

“At peak, we will have more than 300 people working on site to deliver this crucial project for the local community,” he said.

K-Block is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.




About John Holland

John Holland is one of Australia’s leading engineering and contracting services providers to the social infrastructure, energy, resources, industrial, water, wastewater, marine and transport sectors. Operating across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, the company has been delivering high performance engineering and construction solutions for more than 65 years.

The business is driven by a collaborative approach, breadth of engineering capabilities and depth of experience across a wide range of industry sectors. Contracting and services capabilities include buildings, civil, electrical, mechanical, process, marine, water, wastewater and tunneling. John Holland also has significant capability in rail construction, system engineering, assurance, maintenance and operations.

About Fairbrother


Established in 1973 as a small, family-owned and operated business in Tasmania’s North-West, Fairbrother has steadily grown to become a recognised leader in the building and construction industry. Their stellar success in the Tasmanian market has enabled them to expand into regional Victoria and also to undertake selected projects nationally.

Fairbrother’s directly employed and highly skilled workforce provides a comprehensive range of services for clients, encompassing all facets of the building construction and maintenance process. An Employer of Choice, they employ more than 250 people across all business units.