Canada’s Nova Scotia Government has announced that site preparation for an acute care tower at the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Health Sciences Centre’s Halifax Infirmary site is ready to begin.

Located in downtown Halifax, the QEII Health Sciences Centre is a multi-campus teaching and research organisation that comprises two separate campuses, namely the Victoria site and the Halifax Infirmary site.

Over the coming months, the initial phase of expansion will involve erecting fencing, excavating the site and obtaining the necessary construction permits.

In addition, a public entrance to the emergency department will be built on Bell Road.

The new healthcare facility will feature 216 acute care beds, 16 operating rooms, an intensive care unit and an expanded emergency department.

Site preparation for the tower is anticipated to extend through this year. This phase is essential for laying the groundwork for the tower’s construction.

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Nova Scotia Healthcare Redevelopment Minister Michelle Thompson said: “This is one of many steps ahead of us, but it is a significant step forward for the largest healthcare construction project ever considered in this province.

“Not only will this exceptional facility provide the best care for Nova Scotians, but it will also help us attract and retain the talented healthcare professionals we need to deliver that care.”

Developers are currently upgrading Halifax Infirmary’s Summer Street entrance, which will serve as its main entry point during the construction period.

At the same time, efforts to relocate utilities and overhaul the hospital’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facilities are progressing.

The province is investing C$254m ($187m) in design and site preparation for the Halifax Infirmary expansion project.

Once the project is completed, services will be relocated from older facilities, including the Victoria General Hospital and Dickson Centre, to new buildings and renovated programme spaces.