GHD Woodhead collaborated with Design Inc Melbourne working together as part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) team lead by Bilfinger Berger. The collaborative partnership provided architecture and interior services for the 160 bed public hospital and additional 60 bed private hospital.

The hospital is designed to accommodate maximum flexibility over the 25 year concession period, allowing expansion, reconfiguration and response to its environment. These design practices and innovations demonstrate the Royal Women’s Hospital’s reputation as a leading international healthcare facility.

The PPP brief was interpreted within a competitive environment. Following commission, the design team engaged in a strongly consultative process to adapt the concept to the specific client brief whilst retaining the core project values including:

• Provision of a patient-focused ‘non clinical’ environment reflecting user preferences, a stress free sensory experience and responding to cultural/ethnic demographics
• Positive contribution to the built form of the densely developed urban campus and a gateway towards the CBD
• Efficient, value driven outcome – intelligent balance between competitively set parameters and sustainable whole-of-life approach