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Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport, QLD

The Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) opened its doors to the public on September 28th, 2013. This exciting new $1.76 billion tertiary greenfield hospital is located on a 20 hectare, landscaped site on the Gold Coast. GCUH Architecture, a consortium including Silver Thomas Hanley, PDT and HASSELL, were commissioned in 2006 to deliver this world class facility, the most significant project of the Queensland Government’s $2 billion Health Capital Works program.

The GCUH is the largest public health infrastructure project undertaken in Australia to date and the first public hospital in Australia to feature over 70 per cent single patient bedrooms. The master plan objective of the project was to provide a state-of-the-art clinical teaching and research facility hospital in a parkland setting. Construction of the 175,000 sqm, 9 storey facility began in December 2008 and was completed in December 2012. Approximately 8 million man hours were required to complete the new facility and included an on-site workforce of 2,300 workers at the peak of construction.

This new tertiary teaching health facility is comprised of seven main buildings. Facilities include 750 beds, state-of-the-art clinical services, comprehensive cancer centre with capacity for up to 56 beds, emergency department, onsite helipad, 65 bed ICU, 27 room interventional and procedural suite, 72 bedroom mental health unit with associated support accommodation, a women’s and children’s precinct including 48 bed maternity unit, 18 room birth suite, 44 cot NICU and 42 bed paediatric unit, passive healing landscaped grounds for patients, staff and visitors, all in close proximity to the Gold Coast Rapid Transit (light rail) system.

The mental health unit received a Commendation and ‘Building of the Year Award’ at the 2013 Queensland AIA awards and a High Commendation from the International Academy for Design and Health (IADH).

PROJECT SIZE:
175,000 m²

STATUS:
Completed 2012

CLIENT:
Queensland Health BACK