John Holland has been appointed as the main works contractor to deliver Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Randwick, New South Wales (NSW).

The appointment was announced by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Premier Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton.

The new building will have a children’s emergency department, an intensive care unit, Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre, neurosciences centre, virtual care centre and hospital command centre.

Oncology centre, wet and dry laboratories for cancer research, parent amenities, and education and training spaces are also part of the project.

Brad Hazzard said: “The redeveloped paediatric hospital and the new dedicated research facility will deliver life-changing care to some of the state’s most unwell children.

“The state-wide facility puts world-leading research at the forefront of health care, integrating scientists, clinicians and educators, to help our youngest and most vulnerable patients.”

The project is valued at $658m and construction on it will begin in the next few months. It is part of $1.3bn investment by the NSW Government in paediatric care.

John Holland will partner with Health Infrastructure and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network for the project.

Hazzard added: “A new paediatric virtual care centre will also improve choices and access to 24/7 care for patients and families throughout NSW.”

During the project’s construction phase, nearly 1,200 direct jobs will be supported, and 500 roles will be produced within paediatrics across Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct, according to Gabrielle Upton.

The new building is likely to open its doors to public in late 2025. The existing children’s hospital in Randwick will then offer outpatient and allied health services.