Department of Health
Billard Leece, Bates Smart and HKS
Established on its current site in 1963, the Royal Children’s Hospital is a state-wide teaching, training and research paediatric hospital which provides a full range of child and adolescent health services including mental health services and is the designated provider for super specialist paediatric services for Victoria and Tasmania.
In 2005 the State Government announced that a new facility would be constructed to cater for the growing demand for high-quality tertiary level paediatric care in Victoria.
The 360 bed project includes a new 165,000 m2 hospital facility over seven levels, with 75,000 m2 of car parking space over three basement levels. The design also features a two-storey aquarium and various interactive Scienceworks displays and a 90 room 3.5 star hotel for on-site accommodation.
WT was engaged by the Department of Health (formerly the Department of Human Services) to provide full quantity surveying services through the master plan, feasibility, pre-contract, design, construction and post contract phases of the project.
During the master plan and feasibility stage WT assisted the Government with investigation of development options for the hospital including investigation, study and costing of over ten relocation sites, ultimately recommending the adopted option of construction of the new facility adjacent to the existing buildings.
WT also assisted in preparation of the project brief, public sector comparison estimates, tender evaluation and award of the development and cost monitoring through to project completion.
The project was delivered in a Public Private Partnership basis under a design, build, operate contract, and is the largest hospital redevelopment undertaken by the State.
The project also included demolition of the old hospital buildings with the site now converted into parkland.