Queensland Health has engaged Umow Lai, a national building services engineering consultancy committed to sustainability, to provide master planning, technical and documentation advice for the new $1.9 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH)

This world-class acute care facility is being designed to cater for one of Australia’s fastest growing regions to cope with the demand for health services expected to increase significantly with an ageing population.

The SCUH is to be built on a 20 hectare greenfield site located at Kawana adjacent to a hub of regional growth with planned retail, residential and commercial development including the proposed Kawana Town Centre.

Extensive consultation has already occurred to ensure easy access to the hospital by both road and public bus services.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital will initially offer 450 overnight beds and will work with local universities to provide educational and research opportunities. It is expected to open its doors and commence services in late 2016.

A private hospital is expected to open in late 2013 offering public beds while the SCUH is constructed. When completed, the two facilities will have around 1000 beds.

As part of their consulting services, Umow Lai’s team, including John Mullen & Partners, will also be developing the master planning design for the road infrastructure to be built for the new Kawana precinct.

Elizabeth Coe, a Director of Umow Lai who is heading their team says “the consultancy relishes the challenge of contributing to essential new infrastructure to meet Queensland’s fast track timeline.

“Based on our expertise of working on other institutions that have complex requirements, we have utilized the lessons learned, particularly those relevant to the delivery of Private Public Partnerships (PPP) hospitals.

“We are looking forward to assisting in delivering a sustainable hospital to complement the State’s recent investment in other hospitals in South East Queensland,” Elizabeth added. It is worth noting that this is Queensland’s first public hospital delivered as a PPP.

Umow Lai’s team will provide a full range of engineering services, including mechanical, electrical, fire, communications, hydraulics, lifts, civil and structural services.

The firm has extensive experience in the hospital and sustainability sectors. Current projects include the proposed new $1.7B Royal Adelaide Hospital; sustainability advice for the $350 million redevelopment of the Epworth Health Care’s Richmond Hospital in Melbourne; part of the $1.7 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital at Murdoch, Western Australia; Healthscope’s Knox Private Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital. Recently completed projects include Cabrini Hospital Brighton (VIC), the Royal Women’s Hospital and Southern Health’s Operating Theatre upgrade.