Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital has been providing healthcare services to the community of Hornsby, a suburb to the north west of Sydney, since 1933.
Over the years, the facility has grown into a major metropolitan hospital and a teaching hospital for the University of Sydney, with around 300,000 people within its catchment zone.
The needs of the local community are changing, reflecting the national trend towards an ageing population with a higher incidence of multiple, chronic health problems. In just over 20 years, over 5 million Australians will be aged 70 or over, while around 4.6 million people will have circulatory system diseases.
Reimagining Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital is part of the Australian government’s response towards meeting these future challenges. In 2010, an AUS$120 million redevelopment project was announced for Hornsby Ku-ring-gai; the first of a two-stage plan to modernise the entire facility.
Stage 1 would centre on creating a new, state-of-the-art home for Surgical, Theatres, Anaesthetic and Recovery (STAR) services. The aim would be to create a high-performance facility that offered a positive hospital experience for patients, staff and visitors.
As the largest service consultant on the project team, our role was to take the lead as services coordinator in addition to providing a range of building engineering services. We needed to ensure the project would be delivered to exacting, future ready standards within a tight construction programme, while minimising disruption to hospital patients and staff.