Gold Coast University Hospital


Client:Queensland Health/Lend Lease

Location:Gold Coast

Disciplines:Architecture, Interior Design, Masterplanning, Urban Design


  • 2014 National Commercial Master Builder project of the year 2014 Project of the year
  • Gold Coast Master Builders Best of Category in the Healthcare Category in 2014 Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards
  • 2014 State Commendation, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
  • 2014 State Commendation, AIA awards 2014 Gold Coast & Northern Rivers Regional Commendation, AIA awards
  • 2013 Commendation and Building of the Year Award - Mental Health Facility AIA awards

About the Project

The Gold Coast University hospital establishes a new benchmark for the delivery of health care facilities in Queensland and Australia.

PDT Architects, Hassell and Silver Thomas Hanley formed a consortium to pioneer one of the most significant and exciting projects in the Queensland Government’s Health Capital Works program, the $1.76 Billion 750 bed Gold Coast University Hospital. 

I commend lan and his team for their contribution to the GCUH. Their creative input, ability to resolve technical issues and attention to detail proves their dedication to using evidence based design to assist operational outcomes.
Jackie Hawkins Project Director,Gold Coast University Hospital

Project Team

Laurence Taylor


Ian Downing


Oliver Thessman

Senior Associate | Head of Architecture


With a total floor area of 175,000m2, GCUH is one of the first fully integrated urban design, landscape and architecture health projects to incorporate a precinct strategy. Consideration for patients and staff was applied throughout the design process and has resulted in an award-winning facility based on evidence-based design.  The world class facility sits in a parkland which is cleverly incorporated into the hospitals function, offering passive healing for patients and visitors.

Opening in September 2013, GCUH has created an innovative, sustainable environment for health care provision into the future. Purpose-built, it offers a range of more complex services than ever before available to the region. Comprising an integrated Clinical Services Building, 50 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Paediatric Ambulatory Care Services, hot floor for Intensive Care and Surgical Services, a Pathology and Education Building, 72 bed Mental Health Unit, comprehensive Cancer Care Centre and Retail Precinct.


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