April 7, 2017

Major RCH Redevelopment Announcement

Fraser Health has just announced that the final two phases of the planned $1 billion redevelopment of Royal Columbian Hospital are moving forward.

If you've been to Brewery District recently, you will have noticed that construction of the first phase is already underway. The Province approved phases two and three this week.

"Patients will have access to a greater range of health services in a bright, modern space and I will look forward to seeing the new facility open its doors," said Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam.

Phase two includes a new acute care tower and emergency department. Phase three includes updates to the neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric unit, as well as expanded capacity for the laboratory, pharmacy, food services, medical imaging and more single-patient private rooms.

According to Fraser Health, it is expected phase one will generate more than 985 direct jobs and more than 530 jobs in supplier industries for a total of more than 1,515 jobs during construction. Phases two and three are expected to create 3,574 direct jobs and more than 2,193 jobs in supplier industries for a total of more than 5,767 jobs during construction.

"This is wonderful news for New Westminster," said Jonathan Coté, mayor of New Westminster. "Royal Columbian Hospital is a key contributor to our local economy. To support the hospital's growth our IDEA Centre is already working to attract health research and tech organizations, real estate development, businesses and neighbourhood amenities to the hospital's precinct. This will provide benefits to the hospital's patients, visitors, staff, and physicians, to the Sapperton community, and to all British Columbians."

All of this means that the neighbourhood surrounding Brewery District is poised for significant investment and growth. The future of Sapperton is definitely bright.

For more information on the RCH expansion, click here.

Renderings are artist's interpretation only. Image source: Fraser Health