The New Royal Adelaide Hospital, a joint venture between the South Australian Government and developers Hansen Yuncken & Leighton Contractors, will set a new benchmark for the delivery of healthcare in Adelaide and across Australia.
As the State’s primary healthcare facility and teaching hospital, the New Royal Adelaide Hospital will provide increased patient capacity and technical expertise. Situated adjacent to the South Australian Medical Research Institute, Adelaide’s North-West corner will cement its position as one of Australia’s leading medical precincts and will rejuvenate the city’s West End.
Tract Consultants, in collaboration with architects Silver Thomas Hanley, Design Inc and a suite of technical consultants, have been engaged to design and document 6.3 Ha of open space surrounding and within the hospital. The new site at the west end of North Terrace on former rail yards will connect the western parkland belt to the River Torrens.
The design philosophy, ‘Park within a hospital, hospital within a park’, stems from this clear geographic link, and recent scientific research that demonstrates the increased rate of healing and wellbeing of patients that are connected to the natural world.
75 internal courtyards, sky-gardens and balconies will provide patients and staff a variety of areas for respite,refreshment, physical therapy, quiet contemplation and lively places to socialise. Extensive public plazas, gardens and parklands wrap around the building, forming a vital urban park open and connected to the city. The main East Plaza will have the capacity to hold large public events as well as providing intimate spaces for passive recreation. Construction commenced in 2011 and is scheduled for completion in 2016.