Canberra Hospital Expansion takes shape with new details released

23 December 2020

Canberrans are invited to have their say on the design and build of the Canberra Hospital Expansion’s new emergency, surgical and critical healthcare building.

The ACT Government has released initial draft plans for the project and is seeking input from the wider community on the early design concepts. Documents for feedback include early designs of the building floorplans, new details on entry plazas and green spaces and designs for a relocated helipad.

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said public consultation was an important part of delivering a world-class health facility for all Canberrans.

“The new facility will be located at the heart of the campus and we want a design that will be open and welcoming to all - delivering high-quality public spaces and facilities for patients, staff and visitors.

“We have been engaging with clinicians, consumers and local community representatives to ensure their expertise and experience contributes to making the Canberra Hospital the best it can be for staff, patients and the wider community.

“We are now asking all Canberrans to have their say and tell us what is most important as we take the next steps in delivering a bigger and better hospital for our community,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.

Multiplex Regional Managing Director David Ghannoum, said that the feedback gained from consultation so far, as well as public comments over the next few months, will help inform the formal development application for the delivery of the new emergency, surgical and critical healthcare building, due for lodgement in March 2021.

“We have been working hard to ensure that early feedback from consumers and the community already gathered is incorporated into our iterative design process, which is reflected in the draft plans being released today.

“Design elements such as traffic management, building mass and helipad placement have been carefully considered to minimise impact on surrounding residents and ensure the best amenity for all hospital users,” Mr Ghannoum said.

Major Projects Canberra Chief Projects Officer, Duncan Edghill, said the Canberra Hospital Expansion represented an investment of more than $600 million to boost Canberra’s healthcare capacity.

“The Canberra Hospital Expansion is the largest investment in health infrastructure in the ACT since self-government. We are committed to delivering not only a great new healthcare facility, but to using the project to help in our economic recovery from COVID-19.

“It will create around 500 jobs for Canberrans during construction, supporting local industry and providing opportunities for local trainees and apprentices,” said Mr Edghill.

Draft plans will be available to public from 11am Friday 18 December.  Visit for more information.

The Canberra community has until Wednesday 24th February, 2021, to comment on the proposed design at YOURSay,




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Date of Original:  18 December 2020

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