Project Description

Location: Kawana, Queensland
Client: Queensland Health 
Architect: Conrad Gargett (Masterplan)
Size:  Built on a 20 hectare greenfield site
Value: $1.8 billion

This world-class public tertiary teaching facility is a State Government initiative designed to cater for one of Australia’s fastest growing regions to cope with the growing demand for hospital services.

The Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital (SCPUH) is being built on a 20 hectare greenfield site, known as the Kawana Health Campus. The Campus is adjacent to a hub of regional growth with planned retail, residential and commercial development including the proposed Kawana Town Centre.

The Kawana Health Campus will incorporate the SCPUH, the public hospital’s Skills, Academic and Research Centre (SARC), the collocated 200-bed Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, car parking facilities and opportunity for a range of complementary commercial health developments.

SCPUH will open in late 2016 with 450 overnight beds, with the ability to expand to over 738 beds. The collocated Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital opened in November 2013 and is providing services to public patients while the SCPUH is constructed.

The Department of Health has entered into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with consortium Exemplar Health to design, construct and maintain the facility for 25 years once the new hospital opens.

Umow Lai has been engaged by Queensland Health to provide technical and documentation advice for the SCPUH project. Umow Lai’s team have been involved in the project from 2010 with the development of the detailed Technical Brief, Master Plan for the campus and the Reference Project design for costing purposes; and continue to provide advice for the project on a full range of engineering services including mechanical, medical gases, electrical, fire, communications, hydraulic and lift services.