Woodhead's designs for South Australia's largest and most significant healthcare development
The Flinders Medical Centre redevelopment in Adelaide is designed and constructed with a focus on Environmentally Sustainable Development principles in alignment with the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Healthcare Tool.
Design development work is currently underway for the $153m project. Staged construction has commenced and is planned for completion at the end of 2011 with all services maintaining full operational levels throughout the redevelopment.
The redevelopment includes:
- The three-level south wing to be linked to the existing building
- 10 new state-of-the-art operating theatres (plus additional 2 shell theatres for future capacity) including a first stage recovery area, staff change rooms, seminar rooms and offices
- A new Day Surgery Unit including a second stage recovery area
- Expanded Intensive and Critical Care Unit (ICCU), taking to 32 the total number of ICCU beds – with five new beds.
- New Cardiac Care Unit
- An expanded and redeveloped Emergency Department including 21 additional treatment cubicles
- A new Acute Assessment Unit
- A major engineering plant upgrade
The redevelopment also accommodates the Women’s Assessment and Birthing Services, Obstetrics and Gynaecology wards, outpatient clinics and administrative areas. It will also be home to the LiveStrong Cancer Research Centre, a collaboration between the hospital and Lance Armstrong.
Sustainability is of paramount importance to the design. Woodhead has installed what we understand to be the largest solar hot water system in South Australia. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,100 tonnes annually and cut around $200,000 in energy costs, a 286 hot water panel system was included in the Centre’s total redevelopment work.
It is anticipated that once completed the Flinders Medical Centre will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 4,200 per year and save 60 million litres of water through use of rainwater harvesting and greywater diversion.