Royal Adelaide Hospital

Location Adelaide, Australia
Services Sustainable design
Sector Healthcare 
Client HYLC (Hansen Yuncken Leighton Contractors) 
Architect Silver Thomas Hanley in joint venture with DesignInc (STHDI) 
Imagery © Mark Zed

Nick Stokoe

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The 800-bed Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is the state’s flagship hospital, providing a comprehensive range of the most complex clinical care to an estimated 85,000 inpatients and 400,000 outpatients each year. This PPP (Public Private Partnership) project was the first large-scale hospital complex in Australia to achieve a certified 4 Star Green Star – Healthcare As Built rating.

Cundall was the ESD consultant for this project, providing strategic advice during the procurement stages and working alongside the successful PPP bidder. As part of this role, Cundall prepared the Green Star submissions for both the Design and As Built ratings, working with a wide range of stakeholders on this large infrastructure project.

The site boasts a total of 3.8 hectares of landscaped environment, including more than 70 internal themed courtyards, sky gardens across the hospital’s nine levels, such as the Spinal Garden and an Aboriginal Garden, creating a 1.6-hectare footprint of green space within the hospital.

The RAH has been designed to optimise daylight, reducing the demand for artificial light. Extensive energy metering and reporting strategies are in place to identify and manage energy consumption. Waste heat from onsite power generation systems is used to provide heating to the building. 

Indoor environment quality for the patients, staff and visitors has been considered throughout the design. High levels of natural daylight penetration and excellent external views in patient areas were provided, with designated areas of respite for patients and staff. Further indoor environmental quality attributes of the facility included the general use of low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints / carpets, increased outside provisions and high quality acoustic environments. Additionally, the facility has sky gardens that provide enclosed but naturally ventilated balconies for capturing winter sun.

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