Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Australia


Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Queensland, Australia

A state-of-the-art health facility and teaching hospital

The Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) is a AUD1.8 billion hospital project delivered by the Queensland Government as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with Exemplar Health; a consortium comprising of Lendlease, Siemens and Capella Capital, with partners Spotless Facilities Services and Aurecon.

Opened to the public in April 2017, the SCUH complex features a state-of-the-art health facility and teaching hospital comprising 450 beds, growing to a 738-bed facility in 2021, with a design built for expansion beyond that capacity. The 164 000 metre squared main hospital building forms the centre of the new hospital, and is split over six functional levels, plus roof top plant rooms and helipad.

Aurecon was engaged by the PPP consortium’s design and construction builder, Lendlease, to provide civil, structural and mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) engineering and environmentally sustainable design (ESD) services. From successfully being awarded the project, through to detail design and documentation, and finally a fulltime site based role during construction, SCUH represents over five years of hard work, dedication and passion from the Aurecon team.

Aditi Saha, Associate, Aurecon, who led the site based engineering team for almost three years, said, “Witnessing the transformation of the site from a blank canvas to its final built form has been inspirational.”

“Being trusted by Lendlease to provide a broad range of engineering services on such a large and complex project was an enormous responsibility. I am extremely proud of the effort, enthusiasm and dedication of the Aurecon team in achieving this completion milestone; the hospital is a credit to all those involved,” said Adrian Jenkins, Major Projects Director, Aurecon.

“To be personally associated with a piece of social infrastructure that will contribute to better healthcare services on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for many generations to come is enormously rewarding,” added Adrian.

Learn more about how Aurecon used digital engineering tools and an innovative approach to engineering design to create a healthcare facility for the future through the case study below.


The project has won the following awards:

  • Winner: Property Council of Australia Innovation Excellence Awards 2019 – Best Public Building (submitted by Lendlease)
  • Winner: International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE) International Building Awards 2018 – Healthcare Building
  • Winner: Australia Engineering Excellence – Queensland Division Awards 2018 – Queensland Engineering Excellence
  • Finalist: Australia Engineering Excellence – National Awards 2018
  • Winner: Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI) – South Pacific Excellence Awards 2017 – BICSI South Pacific Professional ICT Design
  • Winner: Concrete Institute of Australia – Queensland Division Awards 2017 – Excellence in Infrastructure
  • Winner: Consult Australia Awards for Excellence 2017 – Gold Award Winner for Sustainability in Design
  • Winner: Sustainability Awards 2017 – Public Category (submitted by Lendlease)

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