Lingard hospital plans $13m annex in Merewether

Lingard hospital plans $13m annex in Merewether

An artist’s impression of the proposed Lingard Private Hospital building in Merewether. The paint is barely dryon Lingard Private Hospital’s newest building and the Merewether health care provider already haslodged plans foranother extension.

The hospital submitted a development application this month to Newcastle City Council to build a $13 million, three-storey annex on the corner of Lingard and Merewether streets.

If approved, the new building will comprise four operating theatres, 17 consulting rooms and three levels of car park, two of them underground, providing 129 parking spaces.

The building exceeds height and floor-space-ratio limits for the area, but Lingard’s DA argues the structure does not unduly affect neighbouring properties and provides “essential infrastructure and high-quality health services”.

The council will refer the development application to the Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel for determination.

Lingard was built in the early 1970s as a nursing home before morphing into a surgical hospital in 1981.

Ramsay Health Care sold it in 2006 to Healthe Care Australia, which has embarked on about $50 million inextensions and upgrades in the past 10 years.

The site of the latest addition to Lingard hospital.

Lingard was largely rebuilt in a $24 million project in 2011, and a new $15 million, two-storey section opened this year at the western end of the hospital.The western addition was planned at three storeys, 50 per cent more than the height limit, but was reduced to two after residents complained.

The 2600 square metre site of the latest extension is across the road fromTownson Oval andadjoins a modern church in Lingard Street and a smash repair shop in Merewether Street.

The new building would exceed the block’s 10-metre height limit by six metres and almost double the maximum floor-space ratio set out in planning regulations.

Meanwhile, developerGTS Unit Trust hasamended its DA for the heritage-listed Hamilton Fire Station in Belford Street.

Plans for the site includefive new townhouses on a car park and lawn at the rear of the station, but a proposal for a sixth dwelling inside the station has been dropped.

The amended plan for Hamilton Fire Station.

The latest plans also amend the townhouse design and alter a fence adjoining the fire station after residents complained about the development’s impact on the heritage value of the area and the station.

The station was built in the 1920s and still in use until Fire and Rescue NSW moved to new headquarters at Lambton in July 2016.

The site sold for $1.96 million in November last year.

The council is also assessing a development application for a 14-storey, $8.5millionresidential tower at 811-815 Hunter Street, near Dairy Farmers Corner.