Centenary Hospital for Women and Children

Canberra, ACT

A 2 stage construction of a brand new facility and major refurbishment works

Part of the Canberra Hospital campus, The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children is a purpose-built facility that brings together specialist services that include; Women’s Health, Maternity, Neonatology, Paediatric, and Women, Youth & Child Nutrition.

While being a brand new building, it was constructed within the constraints of an adjacent live hospital site – a situation that brought challenges to the design and delivery program.

In particular, it was necessary to construct a 4m deep hole for enabling works adjacent to three different working hospital buildings.

TTW carefully designed a shoring system with temporary anchors to prevent impact on adjacent buildings with high level foundations.

The new 4 storey building uses a balanced cantilevered band beam structural system to minimise building columns and foundations. Surrounding existing buildings were strengthened with carbon fibre strips on slab soffits, and additional shotcrete in core walls.

Despite time pressures around final planning layouts, and the early appointment of the builder during the finalisation of detailed design, TTW successfully delivered high quality documentation.

Client: ACT Health

Architect: BVN

Builder: Leighton Contractors

Value: $120M

Completion: 2013

Sector: Hospitals

Services: Structural, Façade