A 70-metre tower crane has been installed at the Wollongong Hospital campus for the construction of its $86 million Illawarra Elective Surgical Services Centre.
Rising high into the skyline, the crane allowed construction of the IESS centre building to begin yesterday.
Construction will disrupt the hospital’s Loftus Street entrance as the driveway is temporarily reduced to a single entry-and-exit point.
The redevelopment project’s change manager, Albert Vasquez, said restrictions for dropoff zones would apply right through to March.
‘‘Dropoff-only zones at all entrances to Wollongong Hospital have been in place since February last year, with no general parking available on campus.
‘‘We want to remind people visiting the hospital that these restrictions are in place,’’ Mr Vasquez said.
‘‘Our goal has always been to carry out the construction with minimal disruption to patients and visitors to the hospital, and we appreciate the community’s understanding as work continues on this significant project.’’
Parking is available for patients accessing outpatient services at the Cancer Care Centre and Renal Unit.