Centre for Children's Health Research, Queensland, Australia


Centre for Children's Health Research, Queensland, Australia

Aurecon project managed Queensland’s integrated hub of specialist research dedicated to children’s health

  • Aurecon’s role: Program and project management
  • Client: Queensland Health
  • Project team: Lendlease, HASSELL, WSP, Aquenta

Children are our future and the state of Queensland aims to see them leading healthier lives by nurturing new and better methods for promoting child health and treating common childhood illnesses and injuries.

The Centre for Children's Health Research in South Brisbane brings together researchers from a range of specialist areas. The new facility is so far the largest single investment in children’s health research in Queensland.

The vision became a reality as the result of a partnership between Queensland Health and some of the state’s leading research organisations: Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and the Translational Research Institute.

The Centre has specialists in paediatric infectious diseases, critical care, nutrition and growth, burns, respiratory illness, environmental health, allied health, and more.

As the Queensland Government’s program and project manager, Aurecon played an integral role in all aspects of the project’s lifecycle:

  • The business case to articulate the need and benefit of the research centre for funding to be approved
  • Managed construction phase services of the pathology facility to coincide with the opening of the adjacent Queensland Children’s Hospital
  • Managed the building design process and construction phase services on behalf of our client
  • Applied best practice design standards
  • Full consideration of lifecycle costing parameters when selections were made for engineering systems, materials and finishes
  • Overseeing design and construction of functional buildings which reflect the specific requirements of stakeholders
  • Development and maintenance of a suitable communication and consultation process for the project
  • Development of detailed schedules for each project within the programme of works which were then integrated to ensure a single strategy for delivery, including transparent communication with all interdependencies
  • Project delivery and budgetary oversight

Aurecon’s engagement reflected our continued performance on complex health projects in Queensland, including Queensland Children’s Hospital and Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and our growing capability in the health sector.

Aiming to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence in children’s health research, the centre will:

  • Accelerate children’s health research outcomes
  • Attract and retain high calibre researchers
  • Establish strong synergies and partnerships with the broader academic and research and clinical community
  • Ensure future viability and sustainability of the academic and research facility

The Queensland Government considers the Centre for Children’s Health Research an integral part of its Knowledge Corridor: an education, health, research and hospital precinct serviced by major public transport hubs.

In addition to the centre’s research facility, non-research functions were also accommodated in the building including a staff and service access tunnel to the adjacent Queensland Children’s Hospital, pathology services for the hospital, and retail services for the surrounding community.

The project team had to allow for a fully-operational pathology department within the Centre to serve the Queensland Children’s Hospital, while the Centre itself was still in construction. To overcome this challenge, Aurecon carefully managed the design and construction services for the pathology department with some independence from the overall building.

Today, the Centre is an integrated hub of specialist knowledge dedicated to improving the health of children. Designed to encourage greater collaboration on research projects, the facility can house more than 400 researchers and allows for future expansion. This flexibility for growth will ensure paediatric health research is sustained well into the future.

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