Designs for Sydney’s new $750 million Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital have been released. The plans showcase the biggest transformation in the hospital’s 140-year history.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said the new hospital will deliver top-tier health care to the local community, with advanced health facilities in a new building as well as an upgrade of existing spaces.
“This is the most significant investment in RPA’s 140-year history and will support excellent health care for the 700,000 people who live in Sydney Local Health District and the more than 1 million people who visit it for work, study or to see loved ones,” Mr Perrottet said.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the new hospital was fast-tracked as part of the NSW Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan and will be delivered a year ahead of schedule.
The community will be able to provide feedback on the designs, which will now be taken on a roadshow via a series of presentations and pop-up stalls.
“Importantly, Health Infrastructure has consulted extensively with clinicians, staff, patients, consumers and the local community, to ensure the redevelopment meets the healthcare needs of the rapidly growing area both now and in the future,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Now is the opportunity to have a say in the final design for one of Australia’s leading hospitals, renowned for its excellence in providing innovative health care and education.”
Led by Health Infrastructure and Sydney Local Health District, in partnership with the Government Architect NSW, a competition saw three leading architects invited to present their designs for the RPA campus.
Bates Smart, Neeson Murcutt + Neille were announced the winning team and have been incorporated into the project to work alongside Jacobs, the lead architect for the hospital redevelopment.
Following further consultation and design development, the plans will be lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment via a State Significant Development Application.
When complete, the RPA Redevelopment will deliver expanded and enhanced Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units; modern operating theatres and interventional cardiology; expanded and improved adult inpatient accommodation; increased interventional and imaging services; expanded women’s ambulatory and neonatology services; facilities and capabilities for integrated research, education and training; and additional adult and paediatric inpatient beds.
Enabling works began last year and main works construction is due to begin in coming months.
Construction is also underway on a RPA HealthOne at Green Squarelaunch, which will deliver a range of services focused on early intervention, health promotion and prevention including services that would traditionally be provided in a hospital setting at RPA.