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MAAP were engaged by South Australian Government with Durrow Management to participate in the development of the exemplar design for the replacement of the Royal Adelaide Hospital that will be delivered under Public Private Partnership model. Opening in 2016, it will become the cornerstone of South Australia’s Health Care Plan and the largest hospital in South Australia. The new RAH will lead cultural change in the South Australian health system and promote innovation in health care delivery, education and training. The aim has been to bring together a modern approach to departmental organisation and workforce planning with a very high quality patient environment, low energy and ecologically conscious design.

With the SA Health management and clinical teams, MAAP worked to develop coordinated and costed floor plans for the acute teaching hospital underpinned by a site specific masterplan relating to the strong city planning framework of Adelaide.

At 180,000m2 the hospital is structured into flexible specialist clinical “villages” including: Trauma including Burns Unit; Cardio Thoracic, Neuro and Oncology; with provision to replace the nearby Women and Children’s hospital at a later date. Below ground parking for 3,000 cars assists access and wayfinding for the frail and elderly and ground level was pedestrianised to establish a green environment in a hot dry climate.  

A feature of the reference design response is the access to daylight and gardens to all parts of the hospital including back of house areas. The roof would accommodate 10,000m2 of solar panels and energy was to be stored using ground-water in aquivers under the city.


Adelaide, SA, Australia



Acute Health / Masterplanning



South Australia Health/Durrow

Management Consultancy



Consultant Architect, Urban Designer and Health Planner



AUD $1.7b




Masterplan completed 2008

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