New Royal Adelaide Hospital

As part of the largest health and research precinct in the southern hemisphere, the New Royal Adelaide Hospital reframes the care paradigm, putting the patient experience first.

Designed as a journey to health, the 800-bed facility has all inpatient beds in single rooms with ensuites and operable windows, to bring patients privacy, fresh air and garden outlooks. Artworks and restorative courtyard garden spaces for patients and staff are also integral.

Technical innovations include clinicians treating patients in their rooms, and a fleet of robots to deliver supplies and food throughout – a first for Australian public hospitals. Environmental innovations will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent.

  • CLIENT

    HYLC Joint Venture & SA Health

  • LOCATION

    Adelaide, South Australia

  • YEAR

    2017

  • SCALE

    258,000 sqm

  • VALUE

    $1.85 billion

  • PROJECT LEADERSHIP
    Richard Does Stephen Webb Wayne Dixon
  • COLLABORATORS

    DesignInc in joint venture with Silver Thomas Hanley (STHDI)

  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    Courtesy of South Australia Health Partnership (SAHP)

We saw the opportunity to design ’a hospital within a park, a park within a hospital’. That idea of bringing nature into the healing spaces reshaped the architecture, and the nature of care, in quite a radical way.

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Innovation underpins everything. The facility caters to more than 80,000 patients a year with 800 beds, 40 operating theatres, healing gardens, and a community retail precinct.

Leading technology

  • Tele-health facilities reaching remote rural areas
  • Information kiosks for visitor navigation
  • Robots delivering food and equipment
  • Wireless patient-nurse call system
  • Disaster response and quarantine facilities
  • Earthquake-proof, with independent water and power supply

Healing people

  • Naturally lit and ventilated indoor environments and winter gardens
  • Respite areas for patients and staff
  • Retail precinct with child care centre, convenience shops, food court atrium and gymnasium
  • Flexible workplace hubs (Blue Space)
  • Aboriginal Health Centre 

Healing environment

  • Orientation optimised to increase natural light and minimise solar thermal load
  • Water conservation through rainwater harvesting for non-potable use and more
  • Energy efficient fittings, Co-generation system turning waste heat into energy
  • Responsible materials: low-VOC paints, flooring and acoustic insulation
  • Water and power metering to track and report on consumption
  • Integrated art from sculpture gardens to photography of South Australian landscapes

New Royal Adelaide Hospital is designed and built around the needs of the patient, and reflects international best practice in hospital design.

SA Health

Anthony Quan

DirectorSydney

Anthony Quan

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Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne

Christon Batey-Smith

DirectorMelbourne
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Richard Stafford

Managing DirectorAdelaide

Richard Stafford

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Ian Armstrong

DirectorSydney

Ian Armstrong

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Rohan Wilson

DirectorMelbourne

Rohan Wilson

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Richard Does

DirectorSydney

Richard Does

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Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne

Stephen Webb

Design DirectorMelbourne
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Sandeep Amin

Managing DirectorSydney

Sandeep Amin

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Ben Zoontjens

Associate DirectorAdelaide

Ben Zoontjens

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Daniel Walton

PrincipalPerth

Daniel Walton

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Adrian Doohan

Senior AssociateMelbourne

Adrian Doohan

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George Wong

PrincipalSydney

George Wong

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Sally Brincat

Senior AssociateMelbourne

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Cathryn Drew-Bredin

PrincipalSydney

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Garth Davies

PrincipalSydney

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Darryl Suttie

Senior AssociateMelbourne

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Mary Anne McGirr

PrincipalSydney

Mary Anne McGirr

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Heidi Lee

Associate Strategic ProjectsMelbourne

Heidi Lee

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Jane Sayers

Associate, DesignMelbourne

Jane Sayers

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Ben Luppino

AssociateAdelaide

Ben Luppino

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Cameron Smith

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Cheryl Vandenberg

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Craig Tonkin

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Jacqueline Urford

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Kieran Leong

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Maria Rigoli

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Megan Walker

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Michelle Harris

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Peter Cove

AssociateAdelaide

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Peter Hardy

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Sandor Duzs

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Stewart Bradley

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