Cairns Base Hospital

Cairns Base Hospital

The redevelopment of Cairns Base Hospital occurred over stages and will provide an additional 168 beds by 2015, bringing the total to 531 beds. In addition to this change includes doubling the size of the existing ICU, introducing Special Care Nursery and Birthing Suites and the refurbishment of the existing hospital buildings and expansion of the Mental Health Unit.


Approximately 1680 tonnes of scaffold, covering 23420 m2 will have been supplied to this contract on completion. As hospital services continued to operate throughout the course of the project, Uni-span successfully carried out detailed planning and coordination due to space constraints and the sensitivity of working in a hospital precinct environment.

Uni-span had an impeccable safety record with no lost time injuries throughout the duration of this project. 


 This change will bring improved health services to:

  • An ambulatory cancer care centre with a new radiation oncology service
  • Additional cardiac care facilities
  • Additional surgical capacity including day surgery
  • Expanded intensive care capacity
  • Expanded birthing services, special care babies unit and a new low risk birth centre
  • Additional aged care and rehabilitation services
  • Additional beds for mental health services
  • New pathology facilities