29 Apr 24

Work commences on new Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Construction has begun on the $3.2 billion new Women’s and Children’s Hospital project, with a sod turning ceremony held to mark the milestone attended by South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas and Minister for Health and Wellbeing Chris Picton.

The nine-storey hospital will extend the Adelaide Biomed City, located in close proximity to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The new hospital will be the first 100 percent electric public hospital in South Australia, with 414 overnight beds – an additional 56 compared to the current hospital – and further capacity to add an extra 20 beds in future.

Woods Bagot is the lead professional services contractor (PSC) for architecture, urban planning, health planning, and interior design, with the design team comprising Bates Smart, Jacobs, BDP and landscape architecture by TCL.

The new Women’s and Children’s Hospital will respect its setting as a people-centred place, celebrating the physical, heritage and cultural aspects of the site. Woods Bagot Principal and Health Sector Leader Edwina Bennett says the project will be a catalyst for connection across the biomedical precinct and city, maximising the potential of the existing and new facilities through a sophisticated matrix of healthcare infrastructure.

“The masterplan reconciles the clinical requirements of the hospital with an empathetic and family-centric model of care to imagine and implement new international benchmarks for women and children’s health,” says Bennett.

“Our response provides South Australians with access to the best quality health care facilities and provides clinicians with the spaces they need to work to the highest level.”

Once completed, the wholistic healthcare facility will provide world-class care for babies, children, young people, women, and their families, integrating services within one building. 

Woods Bagot Director Thomas Masullo adds that collaboration and innovation have driven the project to date, bringing together the best minds in healthcare design to support best practice research, education and care under one roof.  

“We handpicked the right local, national and global experience for the design team resulting in a profoundly functional design with people and wellbeing at the heart,” says Masullo. “Hospitals are the ultimate challenge and it’s a great privilege to lead the project team on a vital asset for the people of South Australia.”

The project is on track for completion by 2030-31.

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