First look: Berkeley's $380m holistic hospital

Plans for a $383 million "holistic" hospital to be built at Berkeley have gone on public display.

The facility, to be called Life City Wollongong, will specialise in cancer treatment and is the brainchild of Unanderra doctors Mohamed and Anjum Rashid.

The development, which is proposed to be built in eight stages, will include a 350-bed hospital, holistic health facilities, childcare and independent seniors' living centres, a research library, lecture theatre, serviced apartments for patients and a technical high school specialising in healthcare.

If approved, the complex will be built over 10 years on 16 hectares of land near Warwick Street, south of the Nan Tien Temple.

The first stage to be built will be a medical centre and day surgery with specialist rooms, childcare and a respite care centre.

The second stage will involve an outdoor space for a holistic healthcare course teaching yoga, reiki, laughter therapy, meditation, auras and energy healing.

The final complex is expected to accommodate 330 patients and a maximum short and long-term resident population of about 500 people.

It is expected to generate up to 2600 permanent jobs.

Representatives from the Nan Tien Temple, University of Wollongong and Unanderra's Guardian Centre Pharmacy have written letters of support for the proposal.

The plans are on public exhibition until April 12 and can be viewed at majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au or at Wollongong City Council.

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