Sunshine Coast University Hospital takes home top property award

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The $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital has been recognised as Australia’s best public building in 2019, with a national award for innovation and excellence.

Developer Lendlease was presented with the Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building at the 2019 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney last week.

A sustainable superstar

‘This state-of-the-art health facility is a sustainable superstar,’ says the Property Council’s Chief Executive, Ken Morrison.

The hospital, which opened in 2017 is the largest healthcare building to ever receive 6 Star Green Star ratings for design and construction from the Green Building Council of Australia.

‘The hospital has reset our expectations for green healthcare in Australia, and carefully balances environmental considerations like energy efficiency with people-centric design,’ adds RLB’s Queensland Managing Director David Stewart.

By orienting the buildings to the sun, the hospital’s healing spaces are designed to optimise sunlight while reducing heat and glare. A central landscaped courtyard creates a large outdoor room, which also reduces the load on building systems and enhances the access to fresh air, natural light and views of nature.

The hospital was officially opened in April 2017 with around 450 beds, with plans to grow to 738 beds by 2021.

Client: Queensland Health
Services: Cost Management & Quantity Surveying
Architect: SCA Architects (JV Architectus and Rice Daubney Architects)

2019 Innovation & Excellence Awards

This year, 152 finalists competed for national recognition in 20 categories.

RLB has partnered with the Property Council of Australia to present the Innovation & Excellence Awards program since its inception in 1982.

‘Our vision and values at RLB remain a constant in everything we do and are echoed in these awards; creating value through the skills and passion of our people, challenging the conventional, and delivering excellence,’ says RLB Global Chairman, Stephen Mee.

‘We strive in the pursuit of excellence. Our commitment to create a better tomorrow, with both confidence and agility, is testament of our continued support of these awards,’ Stephen concludes.

Award winners were announced on Friday 17 May at a gala dinner at the International Convention Centre Sydney.