09 Jun 2011

New Royal Adelaide Hospital Project: a state-of-the-art hospital

by Joanna Pugsley

The project has a number of unique features, including project documents which include a visionary output-focused project brief.

What was the project?

The largest, most complex and highest value social infrastructure project ($1.7 billion) to be undertaken in Australia as a PPP, the New Royal Adelaide Hospital Project will replace the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital and will be South Australia's flagship public hospital.

The New Royal Adelaide Hospital will be an ambitious, state-of-the-art hospital on North Terrace in the heart of Adelaide's CBD. Patients will be cared for in single-bed rooms, with cutting-edge technology at their bedside which minimises the need to move them around the hospital. There will also be a high level of automation, including automated vehicles to deliver facilities management services.

The private sector's SA Health Partnership consortium will undertake the financing, design, construction and operation of the non-clinical services of the hospital for 35 years, while SA Health will continue to operate the hospital and provide all core clinical services, staffing, teaching and research.

What's so unusual about the New Royal Adelaide Hospital Project?

The project has a number of unique features, including project documents which include a visionary output-focused project brief, requiring consideration of "whole of life" in the most complete sense of that concept. They also include requirements for:

  • longevity of the building itself;
  • the building to facilitate expansion and adaptability over time; and
  • the building to facilitate inevitable changes in the delivery of clinical care.

Because of the high level of automation and advanced technology solutions, the level of integration between the state's and the successful proponent's ICT will be more extensive than any other Australian hospital.

What did Clayton Utz do?

A team led by Melbourne partner Jo Pugsley is jointly advising (with the South Australian Crown Solicitor's Office) the South Australian Government. We developed the strategy for the delivery of the project and drafting of the project documents, evaluation, negotiation and financial close of the project, which occurred on Monday 6 June 2011.

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