Frankston Hospital – The Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit (PAPU)

Frankston Hospital – The Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit (PAPU)




Health & Medical


Peninsula Health




AS 2124


18 Weeks


May 2017

The Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit (PAPU) department, works in conjunction with the Emergency Department. This new facility was constructed on vacant land beneath the Level 1 undercroft, and included six bed with ensuites, a Nurse Station, Court Yard, Plant Room/ Breakout, Reception and Interview Rooms.

Works included: demolition, civil, water proofing (for slab), concrete slab, structural steel, roofing, cladding, windows, vinyl walls and flooring, plumbing, fire, mechanical and electrical/data services, security, feature ceilings, anti-ligature fittings and fixtures and joinery.

We identified various risks before the project started and discussed these with Johnstaff and Peninsula Health, such as existing flooding issues, challenging access to the site, working around an operational ambulance bay,
operating theatres and adjacent the Emergency Department. Other risks we encountered was delivering the works within a tight time-frame and length procurement of equipment.

The risks were managed through stringent procedures that were implemented on-site, which included fume management, traffic management, and maintaining clear and open communication with the hospital at all times. There were no interruptions to the ambulance bay, emergency department or operating theatres, the flooding issue was resolved and all anti-ligature installations were successful.

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