Former Hospital Site

Orange City Council is working on a new future for the site of the former Orange Base Hospital.

On this section of the YourSay Orange website you can find out more about these plans which includes :

  • demolition of all the buildings on the site, except the former ambulance station
  • a proposed re-zoning of the site.

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Orange City Council is working on a new future for the site of the former Orange Base Hospital.

On this section of the YourSay Orange website you can find out more about these plans which includes :

  • demolition of all the buildings on the site, except the former ambulance station
  • a proposed re-zoning of the site.

You can also :



  • Latest video clips capture first demolitions

    5 days ago
    Digger 300


    21 September 2017

    Local Orange residents are telling how they're changing the route they drive to work, just so they can check-out which are the latest buildings to come down.

    If you miss some progress, it might be captured by some of the time-lapse cameras which are positioned around the site.

    The cameras won't reveal every stage, but book mark this site and check it out to see the latest.

    This clip captures some of the changes that undfolded during mid-September.






    21 September 2017

    Local Orange residents are telling how they're changing the route they drive to work, just so they can check-out which are the latest buildings to come down.

    If you miss some progress, it might be captured by some of the time-lapse cameras which are positioned around the site.

    The cameras won't reveal every stage, but book mark this site and check it out to see the latest.

    This clip captures some of the changes that undfolded during mid-September.





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  • Footpath closures

    14 days ago
    Hospital site south west perspectve

    September 12, 2017

    Throughout the demolition there will be times when footpaths surrounding the buildings must be closed to the public for safety reasons.

    This is due to large machinery coming in and out of the site as well to maintain exclusion zones around hazardous materials.

    Currently the footpath running East to West on Prince Street, next to the hospital is closed and will remain closed for the majority of the demolition process.

    In the coming weeks. the Dalton Street footpath adjacent to the hospital will be closed until the end of the demolition, which is expected early next year.

    ... Continue reading

    September 12, 2017

    Throughout the demolition there will be times when footpaths surrounding the buildings must be closed to the public for safety reasons.

    This is due to large machinery coming in and out of the site as well to maintain exclusion zones around hazardous materials.

    Currently the footpath running East to West on Prince Street, next to the hospital is closed and will remain closed for the majority of the demolition process.

    In the coming weeks. the Dalton Street footpath adjacent to the hospital will be closed until the end of the demolition, which is expected early next year.

    Given this closure, the bus stop in Dalton Street, near the entrance to the old hospital will also be removed.

    Sign and detours for pedestrians will be displayed.

    Footpaths opposite the site will be unaffected.

    Please register with this YourSay Orange website to receive regular updates about this project.


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  • Demolition has begun

    27 days ago
    Digger

    August 30, 2018

    Demolition of the old Orange Base Hospital has begun and is expected to finish early 2018.

    Orange City Council's contractor Zauner Constructions has begun dismantling buildings which have been assessed by an independent asbestos hygienist.

    Project manager Michael Tarn said the staged demolition would start with deconstruction of the low-lying buildings before the tower was demolished towards the end of the project.

    He said every precaution was being taken to ensure safety to the public, neighbours and workers was paramount.

    "The staged-approach will consist of the hazmat team going in and removing all the asbestos and that... Continue reading

    August 30, 2018

    Demolition of the old Orange Base Hospital has begun and is expected to finish early 2018.

    Orange City Council's contractor Zauner Constructions has begun dismantling buildings which have been assessed by an independent asbestos hygienist.

    Project manager Michael Tarn said the staged demolition would start with deconstruction of the low-lying buildings before the tower was demolished towards the end of the project.

    He said every precaution was being taken to ensure safety to the public, neighbours and workers was paramount.

    "The staged-approach will consist of the hazmat team going in and removing all the asbestos and that involves an independent hygienist," he said.

    The hygienist goes through every room, on every floor to confirm all hazardous material has been removed.

    "After that happens the demolition crew will come in," Mr Tarn said.

    "It's a complex demolition process... There are plans and procedures in place to control, particularly the dust aspect.

    "There's also air monitoring installed on site to ensure that (asbestos) isn't an issue at all."

    Mr Tarn said there were devices around the perimeter of the site, which monitor the air and can detect any hazardous materials.

    He said devices were also used while the asbestos removal was occurring and the devices were monitored daily.

    All concrete, bricks and rubble would be crushed on site, which would reduce potential dust or debris concerns when the rubble was transported away for disposal.

    Like any construction site, there will be some noise and dust however every effort is being made to keep those issues to a minimum.

    Some footpaths may be obstructed during the demolition as heavy machinery moves in and out of the site.

    A 47 tonne excavator with a 30 metre-long high-reach arm and sheer attachment (an arm that munches away at the building) will be used to demolish the tower.

    All homes and businesses within a one city block radius of the hospital site received a letter detailing the plans.

    Anyone with concerns about the safety of the site should call the site manager Jason Callow on 0419 012 085.


    For information on the project's progress, any developments with the re-zoning of the land or any news on the future of the site, go to council's 'mini-website' on it's Your Say Orange page.

    DEMOLITION: Zauner Constructions project manager Michael Tarn gets on with the job.

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  • Hospital site re-zoning on exhibition for community comment

    about 1 month ago
    Aerial view south east 300


    24 August 2017

    A proposal to amend Orange's Local Environmental Plan by a re-zoning of the former base hospital site, is now up for community comment.

    The proposed re-zoning (LEP Amendment 22) is about land at 84 Dalton Street, known as the former base hospital site and bounded by Prince Street, Anson Street, Dalton Street and Sale Street.

    The site is proposed to be rezoned from R3 Medium Density Residential to a combination of B4 Mixed Use for the eastern Anson Street end of the site.

    At the western Sale Street end of the site R3 Medium Density Residential... Continue reading


    24 August 2017

    A proposal to amend Orange's Local Environmental Plan by a re-zoning of the former base hospital site, is now up for community comment.

    The proposed re-zoning (LEP Amendment 22) is about land at 84 Dalton Street, known as the former base hospital site and bounded by Prince Street, Anson Street, Dalton Street and Sale Street.

    The site is proposed to be rezoned from R3 Medium Density Residential to a combination of B4 Mixed Use for the eastern Anson Street end of the site.

    At the western Sale Street end of the site R3 Medium Density Residential is to be retained for both Prince Street and Dalton Street frontages separated by a corridor of RE1 Public Recreation land.

    In addition to the above rezoning the Height of Buildings map is also proposed to be amended in relation to the eastern Anson Street end of the site.

    Some minor increase in height is proposed to facilitate redevelopment of this area for a potential Public Administration Building or similar.

    The height limitation mapping is to be removed from the heritage listed former ambulance station on the corner of Anson Street and Prince Street (Lot 1 Section 4 DP 758817).


    The amendment comprises the following documents and is on Public Exhibition at Council’s offices at the corner of Lords Place and Byng Street until Friday, 22 September 2017.

    DEADLINE : Submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday, 22 September 2017.

    LEP Amendment 22 (183 KB)

    Planning Proposal (636 KB)

    Determination (2.4 MB)

    Technical Clarification Notice (125 KB)

    Report to Planning & Development Committee (2 MB)

    Section 117 Ministerial Directions (299 KB)

    State Environmental Planning Policies (208 KB)

    Council Resolution (183 KB)

    Height of Building map (735 KB)

    Land Zoning map (760 KB)


  • Documents guide how the demolition will unfold

    about 1 month ago
    Tower front east


    22 August 2017

    At the time that Orange City Council considered planning approvals for the demolition, an environmental assessment was completed by independent consultants.

    The 'Statement of Environment Effects' examined the stages of the demolition, and outlined the actions that would need to be taken to minimise impact on the neighbourhood.

    This assessment covered topics such as noise, dust, contamination and hazardous materials.

    These documents can be downloaded here.

    Introductory Summary

    Appendix A – Indicative demolition methodology

    Appendix B – Stage I contamination assessment

    Appendix C – Stage II contamination assessment

    Appendix D – Hazardous Materials Technical Removal Plan and... Continue reading


    22 August 2017

    At the time that Orange City Council considered planning approvals for the demolition, an environmental assessment was completed by independent consultants.

    The 'Statement of Environment Effects' examined the stages of the demolition, and outlined the actions that would need to be taken to minimise impact on the neighbourhood.

    This assessment covered topics such as noise, dust, contamination and hazardous materials.

    These documents can be downloaded here.

    Introductory Summary

    Appendix A – Indicative demolition methodology

    Appendix B – Stage I contamination assessment

    Appendix C – Stage II contamination assessment

    Appendix D – Hazardous Materials Technical Removal Plan and Hazardous Building Material Assessment

    Appendix E – Final Remedial Action Plan

    Appendix F – Noise and vibration assessment

    Appendix G – Heritage assessments

    Appendix H – Plans


    Since the initial demolition plans were drafted a number of subsequent changes have been made.

    These are described here...(link to be inserted)



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  • The project so far : major milestones

    about 1 month ago
    Tower front


    23 August 2017

    The process of Orange City Council taking on ownership of the site, exploring its future and arranging for the demolition to begin has taken a number of years.

    This list includes a number of the key milestones.

    By July 2017, when contracts were signed for the demolition, the decision had been taken that every building on the site, apart from the former ambulance station on the corner of Anson and Prince Streets, would be demolished. The contract was awarded to Albury-based firm, Zauner Constructions.

    In June 2017, Orange City Council decided to explore a proposed re-zoning for... Continue reading


    23 August 2017

    The process of Orange City Council taking on ownership of the site, exploring its future and arranging for the demolition to begin has taken a number of years.

    This list includes a number of the key milestones.

    By July 2017, when contracts were signed for the demolition, the decision had been taken that every building on the site, apart from the former ambulance station on the corner of Anson and Prince Streets, would be demolished. The contract was awarded to Albury-based firm, Zauner Constructions.

    In June 2017, Orange City Council decided to explore a proposed re-zoning for the site. The re-zoning would let a large public administration building be constructed, such as a new home for the DPI head office in Orange.

    In July 2016, the Development Application for the demolition of the former hospital buildings went on-show for community comment. At that stage of the project, the option of keeping the main hospital tower building was still on the table.

    In May 2016 the purchase of the hospital site was finalised and the contract settled.

    In April 2015 Orange City Council signed an agreement with Health Infrastructure to purchase of the old Orange Base Hospital. The sale price of the 2.1 hectare hospital site was $3.3 million. Council paid the NSW Government's Health Infrastructure department $1 million and $2.3 million would be be retained to cover the costs of demolition and remediation.


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