Masterplanning means designing the foundation for an unknown future. Like game-planning in chess, masterplanning involves designing a strategy to make sure that short-term interests do not interfere with long-term goals and very long term possibilities. A good masterplan makes for good bones for future development. 


There are three keystones of masterplanning:


  • Flexibility for inevitable change,

  • Expandability for increased numbers and growth,

  • Accessibility for diversity, disability and future health challenges.


Within this framework there are three beacons to guide us to make the best choices about the future:


  • Evidence based on past experience,

  • Research into emerging knowledge,

  • Awareness that care needs to be increasingly patient-centred.


MAAP’s respected track record, role in academic and industry research, and experience in designing exemplar patient-centred environments means we are well placed to guide our clients through the masterplanning process and make good masterplanning decisions.


MAAP’s masterplans are guided by three core principles of clinical planning, infrastructure planning and environmental planning. Our best masterplans follow strategies which support all three principles together so that all items of capital investment support improved clinical outcomes, reduce long term infrastructure costs and improve the quality of the environment. The three principles can be thought of as a venn diagram with the most effective masterplanning measures located at


We never commence masterplanning commissions with preconceived solutions. Instead, we with engage with client and stakeholder groups to develop a shared understanding of their vision for the site or services’ long term role and function. In parallel with explore the characteristics of the existing site and surrounding areas to understand the constraints and potential opportunities that are possible. Engagement workshops focus on graphically accessible analyses to help the client and stakeholder consider development opportunities and how these can support their long term vision.

Selected Projects:


  • Al Wakra Psychiatric Hospital 

  • Westmead Health Precinct

  • Wollongong Hospital

  • Shellharbour Hospital

  • Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital

  • Royal North Shore Hospital

  • Glenside Health Campus

  • Northern Beaches Hospital

  • New Royal Adelaide Hospital

  • Godstrup Hospital

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