A PROPOSED multi-storey medical building incorporating a private hospital and medi-hotel on the site opposite Orange hospital is set to be the tallest building in Orange.
Developers of the private medical precinct said yesterday they would submit a new development application for the project with Orange City Council in coming weeks.
Under the plan, the private hospital component, including operating theatres and day surgery facilities, would be incorporated into a five or six-storey medical facility, the first model of its type west of Sydney.
Development spokesman Patrick O’Halloran hopes the development application will have a speedy path through council’s planning and development department.
“I have to say Orange City Council has been extremely helpful working closely with us to get to this point.
“They really want to see this happen,” he said.
Mr O’Halloran said after months of intensive discussions with potential operators of the private hospital, and other facilities to be offered in the centre, it was decided to go back to the drawing board to come up with a single-building model, incorporating the private hospital and medi-hotel accommodation.
The multi-storey building is planned to incorporate coffee shops and other services on the ground floor, including physiotherapy, imaging and other allied health services.
Other floors will incorporate consulting rooms for GPs and specialist suites, with one or two floors to be devoted to a private hospital and another level for motel-style accommodation.
“This type of development is truly unique for Orange,” Mr O’Halloran said.
The developers have changed their mind after the previous development application, approved in 2014, featured the private hospital and medi-hotel as separate buildings.
Mr O’Halloran said it was intended that construction of the multi-storey medical centre would coincide with the already-planned retail area, which will include food outlets, a newsagent, pharmacist and other retail services.
While he did not reveal the operators of the major components of the development, Mr O’Halloran confirmed talks had been held with several companies who run private hospitals in Australia, including Ramsay Health Care, which operates Dudley Private Hospital.
He said stage two of the project would involve building independent living and apartment options.
Orange mayor John Davis said council was committed to its job creation strategy, which underpinned the talks between council and the developers.
“The timing of developments like these are in the hands of developers, but I’m optimistic that, as well as being a major boost to Orange’s medical infrastructure, this development could make a contribution to alleviating parking problems in that area,” he said.
Mr O’Halloran said construction could start in September.