- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by John Gollings
- Architect Woodhead
Woodhead, in association with DesignInc, was commissioned to design the new $250 million Royal Womens Hospital in Melbourne as part of a successful PPP bid by the Bilfinger Berger Baulderstone / Royal Womens Health Partnership. The Royal Womens Hospital provides whole of life and design efficiencies that will continue to service the building. The project team worked towards building into the design; long term viability, the buildings operation and maintenance, and the changing needs of future users.
Our design includes the creation of a state-of-the-art, flexible and environmentally friendly hospital with a strong sense of place and identity.
The hospital provides specialist womens and neo-natal paediatric health services integrated with the infrastructure and support services of the adjoining Royal Melbourne Hospital. There are two wings, nine floors of clinical space, five levels of underground car park, eight wards, 13 staff stations, 2,569 room, and tens of thousands of visitors each year.
The design addresses the needs of women from varying backgrounds and cultures, including Asian, Muslim and Koori women, and has the flexibility to meet future needs through provision for expansion.
Contemporary, innovative and sustainable, the in-patient wards features 100% fresh air throughout using an energy efficient displacement air-conditioning system.