The Royal Adelaide Hospital project facts

Construction fast facts

  • 2,200 staff on site at the peak of the project
  • More than half a million tonnes of bulk excavation removed from the site
  • More than 2,000 piles have been drilled
  • 100,000m³ of concrete in the structure
  • 25,000 tonnes of structural steel
  • 40km of partitioning
  • Eight tower cranes at the height of the project
  • Estimated 300,000 crane lifts to assemble the structure
  • Each level of the hospital is the size of two football ovals
  • Hospital itself is the same length as 28 Adelaide Metro buses.

Project Milestones 2006 to 2011

2006 June – SA Government proposed to build a new hospital to replace the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital

2007 June – First plans revealed

2009 October – Request for proposal

2010 December – Preferred proponent announced

2011 May – First industry sub-contractor briefing

2011 June – Financial close and site establishment works commenced

2011 July – HYLC and Consultants design office opening

2011 September – Ground breaking ceremony

2011 September – Construction early works and ground works commenced

2011 October – Smoking ceremony.

Project Milestones 2012 to 2013

2012 June – Media conference – First pile – More than 2000 piles to be drilled across the site

2012 June – Celebrated one year of construction

2012 September – First of eight tower cranes erected on site

2012 October – Second tower crane erected on site

2012 November – First ground slab poured

2013 April – First suspended deck was poured

2013 June – Celebrated two years of construction

2013 October – Co-Generation plant installation.

Project Milestones 2014 to 2015

2014 May – Largest concrete pour: 553 m³ (85-90 concrete trucks passed through the site)

2014 August – Highest pour on project: Level 10, 45 metres above ground with 60 concrete trucks passing through the site

2014 August – Helipad deck installation complete

2014 September – Topping out – completion of the hospital’s ten-storey structure

2014 December – Purpose-built hyperbaric chamber installed

2015 – January – Structural steel for Eastern Snorkel complete

2015 March – Intensive Care Unit and Inpatient Unit mock up rooms complete

2015 April – Delivery of the first beds for AMU

2015 April – Main entry structure completed

2015 May – Landscaping commenced with the first of more than 85,000 trees planted

2015 May – Green star design rating submission (Round One) lodged

2015 June – Celebrated four years of construction

2015 June – Construction and internal works for the Mental Health Unit concluded

2015 July – Commenced installation of integrated artwork

2015 August – Commenced commissioning of the hospital’s ICT systems and mechanical services

2015 August – First Automated Guided vehicle delivered to site.

Project Milestones 2016 to 2017

2016 July – Helipad Testing completed

2016 September – AGV Testing completed

2016 October – Certificate of Occupancy

2017 March – Technical Completion

2017 June – Commercial Acceptance

2017 September – Official opening ceremony and patient move undertaken.