Perth Children’s Hospital will replace the ageing Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) facility. PMH has been operating as a children’s hospital at the current site since 1909. PMH is the only tertiary and quaternary paediatric hospital in Western Australia and provides both tertiary and secondary children’s health services across the State, and is the designated paediatric trauma centre.
Perth Children’s Hospital achieved practical completion in April 2017 on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEIIMC) campus adjacent to G Block on the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) on land formerly used for car parking.
Forward planning includes the future relocation of the King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) to the QEIIMC, which will result in the collocation of tertiary maternity, neonatal, paediatric and adult services on one site.
Perth Children’s Hospital will house organisations which are nationally and internationally recognised for paediatric clinical care, clinical research and tertiary education. The new facility will accommodate hospital facilities as well as integrated Research and Education facilities accommodating Telethon Kids Institute and UWA research facilities.
Design work commenced in July, 2011 and through highly collaborative and interactive development, consideration of national and international trends as well as a thorough understanding of the site and relationships with its neighbours, design solutions have been agreed which marry the complex clinical, research and educational requirements, resolve the critical adjacencies, respond to the clearly articulated design aspirations, enhancing the overall dynamic qualities of the various parts to form Perth Children’s Hospital.
The design creates a highly functional, efficient and flexible healing environment in an integrated health care setting offering the following qualities:
- Reinforcement of a commitment to an overall child & adolescent focused care and family centred practice
- Enhancement of the connectivity opportunities with the existing site and neighbourhood
- Achievement of clear and distinct external and internal navigation and way finding flows
- Provision of clear public drop off and entry locations
- Consolidation of the public spaces in close proximity to high-volume outpatient areas and public car parks
- Consolidation of the offices and clinics functions and integrating the perioperative and critical care areas
- Positioning of the lower height inpatient units to the south of the site as a way to minimize impact on the adjacent the residential and take advantage of the comforting views to the south
- Maximising views and relationship to Kings Park
The Hospital will provide 298 beds comprising surgical and medical general multiday beds, Oncology, Burns, NICU, PICU, High Dependency Unit (HDU) specialty beds, Emergency Short Stay, Mental Health Unit, Eating disorders, Operating Theatre Recovery, Clinical Investigation Unit, Sleep Unit and Maternity beds as well as clinics and supporting services. Integrated research laboratories are included within the facility accommodating private and publically funded research and Medical education organisations.
The Architectural Design team for Perth Children’s Hospital is a joint venture comprising:
- JCY Architects and Urban Designers
- Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland
- Billard Leece Partnership with HKS
John Holland Pty Ltd as Managing Contractor, engaged by the WA Government
Practical Completion achieved April 2017
QE11 Medical Centre, Nedlands, Western Australia
JCY - Andrew Rogerson, Richard Young, Paul Jones, Paul Steed, Glenn Russell, Alister Swingler, Brad Shales, Charles Thwin, Charmaine Anderson, Clare Porter, Colleen Smith, Damien Hatton, Derek Swift, Eka Pujianto, Elaine Tiplady, Erich Renner, Fathmath Evan, Fay O’Rourke, Finnbar Ingram, Griselda Fernandez, Jackie Anderson, Jason Welten, Jenny Tseng, Joshua Lane, Josie Porter, Kaine Jenkins, Krysti Henderson, Lee-Anne Kho, Lucia Siciliano, Luke Gay, Merv Williams, Nathan McGuire, Paul Reilly, Paula Carrigg, Peter Van Geloven, Philip Kirke, Rob Ramsay, Rujita Dalwadi, Salina Le Bron, Sharon Krisanovski, Sharron Faraj, Simon Venturi, Stephen Fisher, Suey Ann, Thian Chua, Thomas McKendrick, Valeria Zanotto, Wayne Greensil Photographer- Alison Paine
Concept Design, Schematic Design, Detailed Design, Construction Phase review, Interior design
John Hamilton, Principal Project Director, Strategic Projects; Lindsay Albonico, Project Director John Holland
Architects in Association
Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland, Billard Leece Partnership with HKS
Gross Floor Area
Number of Levels
2 basement levels, 8 levels above ground, roof top plant level
298 beds comprising surgical and medical general multiday beds, Oncology, Burns, NICU, PICU, High Dependency Unit (HDU) specialty beds, Emergency Short Stay, Mental Health Unit, Eating disorders, Operating Theatre Recovery, Clinical Investigation Unit, Sleep Unit and Maternity beds as well as clinics and supporting services. Integrated research laboratories are included within the facility accommodating private and publically funded research and Medical education organisations.
Construction / Materials
Concrete structural frame, curtain walling, vitreous enamel cladding and lightweight internal stud walls.