Project Description


Queensland Health

Project Value:

$134 million

Project Design:

Woods Bagot, Billard Leece Partnership



The Project provided the hospital with a brand new state of the art Emergency Department (ED) incorporating a 50 bed Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU) and a new helipad.

The new Emergency Department comprises reception, resuscitation, acute treatment, sub-acute treatment, alcohol/drug/mental health, short stay observation unit, satellite medical imaging, medical assessment/planning unit, allied health, and all associated admin/support areas. The project also incorporated MAPU, a new concept that frees up space by taking patients from the Short Stay Observation Unit without having to transfer them into other hospital wards.

The project also includes 3 no radiotheraphy bunkers.

The structure was “future proofed” to allow for development of future departments on two levels below and four levels above.

The new Helipad replaced the on ground pad of the rear of the hospital with rooftop facility and a direct roof lift straight into ED.

The Project was cost planned rigorously from concept design through to tender. A two stage tender process was employed to maintain control of the design and budget with the final GCS agreed with the builder. Throughout the course of construction the actual costs were fully audited to establish the actual final costs and to calculate the share of savings as part of the Final Account.

The Project was generally delivered in line with the contract program, which was established at design and tendering stage. The use of a two stage tender reduced the tendering time frame and allowed an earlier start on site and in turn reduced the overall project time frame.

The Project addressed a social need for additional emergency department beds, additional short stay beds and additional treatment assessment bays. The Project tripled the capacity of the existing Emergency Department. As part of the Project a high speed lift was installed between a new helipad and the Emergency Department allowing for specialist medical teams to be transported quickly to disaster sites.