Sunshine Coast University Hospital Enabling Infrastructure

Stockland and Queensland Health

Birtinya, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

The Sunshine Coast University Hospital is a $1.8 billion investment in healthcare in Queensland. It will bring both new and expanded health services to the growing Sunshine Coast region, as well as dedicated education, training and research facilities. 

Calibre was engaged as principal consultant and civil engineering consultant for the design and construction of the infrastructure works needed to service the hospital. This included major roadworks, stormwater drainage, sewage and water mains, as well as a 70m span precast concrete bridge for vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian movements.

24 months of works delivered in 12 months

Working collaboratively with over 20 stakeholders, our team managed a very complex approval process to deliver the infrastructure needed to service the new hospital on time and within budget. Although bouts of wet weather further impacted the tight delivery timeframe and imposed extreme safety precautions on site, our team delivered 24 months of works in 12 months. This was critical in the hospitals beginning construction in the committed timeframes.

Collaboration and our team’s flexibility and responsiveness was essential to the on-time delivery of the infrastructure, along with a concurrent delivery approach in planning, design, approvals and construction, reverse engineered outcomes and novel construction methods.

Our team’s innovative solutions included:

  • Designing multiple services in 33m confined space in road reserve to maximise developable land
  • Using central median for water quality treatment devices and conveyance of major rainfall event runoff
  • Developing “first of its kind” tree pit water sensitive urban design (WSUD) device in Sunshine Coast Council
  • Negotiating with Unitywater to design and construct the duplication of sewer rising main in conjunction with road design construction; and
  • Establishing a Project Leadership Team (PLT) to address high level construction risks and matters

Without the hard work and dedication of Calibre, it would not have been possible for the hospitals to start constructions in the committed timeframes.

Brook Tompson, (formerly) Project Manager, Stockland