After almost seven years of planning, design and construction, the newly completed Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH), located in Brisbane, Australia, is now open to the public. Officially operational April 4, it is the first new, non-replacement tertiary teaching hospital in Australia in 20 years.

The main courtyard, which is accessible to the public, includes outdoor dining spaces, a children’s play space, grassed open area, public artwork, seating and plantings. Other courtyards include decking, BBQs, herb gardens, and recreational or sporting courts for patients and their families to enjoy.

The SCUH is Queensland’s first public hospital Public Private Partnership (PPP), developed by Exemplar Health, a consortium comprising Lendlease, Siemens, First State Super and Capella Capital, with partners Spotless Facilities Services.

Place Design Group provided the hospital’s landscape, working alongside Lendlease (builder), Rice Daubney and Architectus (architects) and Aurecon (engineer).