Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

    Kings Park and Swan River inspire new hospital (Video)

    2/12/2011 12:00 AM
    • Health Minister, Treasurer unveil concept design of new children’s hospital
    • Design includes external facade of new hospital and key areas within
    • NCH project on time and on budget, construction starts early January 2012
    The State Government today unveiled the concept design of Western Australia’s $1.2billion new children’s hospital, which will replace Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH).

    The design, which includes the external facade and layout of the building, was developed with input from internal and external stakeholder groups, including members of community; youth and Aboriginal advisory committees; and PMH staff, patients and their families.

    Health Minister Kim Hames said designers took inspiration from Kings Park’s flora and fauna to determine their colour palette, ensuring the new children’s hospital complemented its natural surrounding landscape. The design also took full advantage of the location, maximising views of Kings Park, the Swan River and the city skyline.

    “Most inpatient rooms will have views of Kings Park, the Swan River and the cityscape,” Dr Hames said. “More green space and natural light are key elements of the design, ensuring that the new hospital will create a healing environment for children, their families and staff.

    “Leading national and international evidence-based design research has been incorporated into the hospital’s layout, including logical clinical adjacencies and integrating research and education.”

    Treasurer Christian Porter said the designers had also been mindful of sustainability and the Perth climate with the inclusion of a double skin facade, one of the biggest in Australia, which would maximise views, increase patient comfort and aid in sustainable energy use.

    “The facade uses a mechanism to filter the sun’s rays, helping cool the building - making it more comfortable for patients and visitors - and minimising energy costs,” Mr Porter said.

    The project has now moved into schematic design which involves designing individual departments within the hospital. More detailed design of each room begins in 2012.

    The new children’s hospital, which is an important part of the overall State Government capital works program, is on track to start construction in early 2012 and be completed in 2015.

          Fact File
    • New children’s hospital will replace PMH in Subiaco, to be built on the QE site, Nedlands
    • John Holland Pty Ltd was awarded the ‘managing contractor’ stage one contract to design the new $1.2billion facility and carry out initial construction works
    • Construction begins in early January 2012 and is due for completion in 2015
    • Hospital name not yet decided, however it will not be Princess Margaret Hospital
    • Visit: http://www.newchildrenshospitalproject.health.wa.gov.au for more information
    Health Minister's office - 9222 8788
    Treasurer's office - 9222 8800