Technical role on $1.8bn Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Date: 23 July 2012

Australia’s flagship hospital and PPP project will soon get underway following the successful procurement stage, advised by Turner & Townsend.

The Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) project is a $1.8bn, 738 bed tertiary hospital facility. As Queensland’s first hospital to be procured as a Public Private Partnership (PPP), it will provide vital services to the growing population of the newly designated Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. The facility has been planned to extend the existing clinical services available to the local population and provide a number of new services which are currently accessed only by
travelling to Brisbane.

Over the last three years, Turner & Townsend has worked on the project as technical advisor in an integrated team of health and specialist technical advisors. Our key resources have been fully integrated with the team, project managing technical aspects of the project through the various procurement stages, including:

  • the masterplan and reference project for the Kawana site
  • procurement of the private hospital operator
  • procurement of the PPP consortium to deliver the SCUH.

The project is the largest hospital development in Australia and it will be the largest healthcare PPP project. It was recently announced that Exemplar Health consortium has been successful in their bid to design, build, finance and maintain this major new tertiary teaching hospital.

Roger Simons, Technical Manager for SCUH and Turner & Townsend Director, says: “We are Townsend are pleased to have been able to assist Queensland Health in technical aspects of the project leading up to the announcement of the successful bidder.”

PPPs have been used across the world to deliver hospitals including more than 110 hospitals in the UK, such as Alder Hay Children’s Park, scheduled to be completed in 2015. In Australia, the PPP model is being used to deliver hospitals such as the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Victoria, Royal North Shore in New South Wales and the New Royal Adelaide in South Australia. The main benefits of a PPP model for hospital delivery are innovation in design and operation, and the integration of design with construction and maintenance leaving staff free to focus on patient care rather than infrastructure management.

Turner & Townsend has worked on many major hospital developments in Australia and around the world, including Ipswich Hospital expansion, Cairns Base Hospital, Townsville Hospital, North Tees Hospital, Leeds Teaching Hospital in the UK and Bejiing International Heart Hospital to name a few.


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