The New Royal Childrens Hospital

The New Royal Children's Hospital
  • Client Department of Health, Victoria
  • Location Melbourne, Victoria
  • Value A $1.074 billion
  • Completion 2014
  • Awards Winner-Excellence in Health and Safety award MBAV 2010 National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards

Lend Lease Involvement

  • Project Management
  • Construction
  • Design


  • 85 per cent of all rooms are single rooms, providing patients and their families with privacy, without comprising staff visibility or patient safety.
  • The new hospital site is surrounded by parkland: 80 per cent of all patient rooms will have views of the park.
  • The highest standards in sustainability for the design of a hospital facility building have being targeted.

The new Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) project is the largest hospital redevelopment to be undertaken by the State of Victoria and one of the largest hospital projects underway in Australia. The hospital is being purpose-built for kids and the way they are cared for today and into the future.

The project has involved construction of a new 165,000 square metre hospital facility over seven levels, with 75,000 square metres of car parking space over three basement levels. The new hospital facility is located immediately to the west of the existing site on Flemington Road in Parkville.


The new Royal Children’s Hospital project is being delivered as a public private partnership (PPP) under the State Government's Partnerships Victoria model.

Lend Lease is a key member of the Children’s Health Partnership, the consortium responsible for financing, designing, constructing and maintaining the new hospital building. Other members of the consortium are International Public Partnerships as equity holders, Spotless Group as facilities manager and architects Billard Leece, Bates Smart and HKS (US).

Once delivered, most of the existing hospital will be demolished and the current site returned to parkland. There will be no net loss of parkland as a result of this project.

Design Challenges and Innovation

The hospital has been designed to provide world-class health care to the children of Victoria and includes:

  • A design which maximises its parkland setting and provides a healing environment for patients, families and staff.
  • A central, linking ‘street’ that de-institutionalises the hospital, provides a hub of activity for the hospital community and makes it easier for patients, families and staff to find their way around.
  • Flexible design and infrastructure, capable of adapting to new technologies and emerging trends in paediatric healthcare, changes in clinical practice and models of care.

Construction Challenges and Innovation

At its peak, the project workforce reached in excess of 2,100 people, which presented some coordination challenges.

The sheer scale of the excavation (450,000 cubic metres) presented logistical challenges, relating in particular to materials handling and the movement of vehicles around the site.

The services and equipment installation and the commissioning and transition of the existing hospital to its new location are technically complex and will require careful co-ordination and planning.

Leadership in Sustainability

Environmental initiatives to reduce energy and water usage on the project include: rainwater collection from 75 per cent of new roof areas, a blackwater treatment plant, a 10 per cent reduction in overall energy use (compared to a normal hospital), a 2.4 megawatt gas-fired trigeneration plant, chilled-beam air conditioning, a biomass boiler, solar panels and parking for 500 bikes.

Leadership in Safety

A range of traffic and site management initiatives were developed to assist with movement around the site.
In addition, the project team developed a base design of a scaffold fall protection screen, to assist with the elimination of falls from scaffolds. The team also developed a base model for portable truck deck protection rails to protect workers from the risk of falls during truck unloading.