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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Redevelopment

Principle : The Department For Infrastructure And Transport
Managing Contractor : Built Environs Pty Ltd
Consulting Team : Cheesman Architects (Lead), STH, Aurecon, Bestec, BCA, Oxigen, Rider Levett Bucknall and dsquared
Construction Value  : $314 million

Creating a Healthier Future

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) redevelopment will modernise and increase the emergency, critical care and surgical capabilities of the hospital. The project includes the construction of a 46-bay emergency department, 12 operating theatres, 14 bed intensive care unit, and 52 bed rehabilitation unit, along with medical imaging department, catheterisation lab, and pathology lab.

Built Environs provided the SA Department of Infrastructure and Transport and SA Health with procurement, construction coordination, testing and commissioning services for the new $314 million redevelopment of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) New Clinical Services building.

The project created around 400 jobs each year, with 90 – 95% of those jobs directly employing South Australian residents.

Built Environs General Manager (SA), Tony Jachmann, reflected on the challenges and highlights of this ambitious project.
“With the construction site located adjacent to the existing hospital and associated health services, our delivery approach has been developed to minimise disruption and keep TQEH operational throughout construction.

The project, which began in December 2021, has faced numerous challenges familiar to all in the construction industry including global supply chain disruptions, inflation and industry skill shortages.”

“Inflation resulted in a significant amount of value management needing to be done to pull the project back into budget without compromising any of clinical function,” said Tony.

Despite these challenges, Built Environs managed to keep the project on track, ensuring that it remained within budget and achieved on-time completion in May 2024.

“One of the key highlights of the project has been the high level of stakeholder engagement and collaboration at all levels,” said Tony. “I attribute the high degree of collaboration to the passion and pride of the project members, who share a common vision and are dedicated to delivering a facility that will benefit the community.”

Built Environs has worked closely with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport and SA Health to ensure that the project meets the needs of the state. The project highlights the collaborative efforts of all parties involved
“The building is an all electric facility with significant environmental initiatives incorporated into the services design and thermal performance of the façade. Carbon reduction initiatives and responsible building materials were incorporated from the project outset such as green concrete and structural LVL in wall timbers reducing project steel content. Over 40 environmental initiatives were incorporated across design, construction and as-built performance verification. The TQEH Redevelopment project has been awarded an IGRAT 6-Star Design and Construction Rating.”

Additionally, the Built Environs delivery team included in-house biomedical specialists who procured and coordinated the integration of over $25 million of complex medical equipment and fixtures in close collaboration with CALHN / SA Health.

The project represents a significant investment in the healthcare infrastructure of Adelaide’s western suburbs. Built Environs’ commitment to delivering a high-quality facility that meets the needs of the community is evident in its approach to the project with staged handovers.

Built Environs is a full service construction company that provides a range of building services, from design consultation and management, right through to construction and fit out.

Built Environs invest in clever people, innovative methods, and smart technologies to deliver what they promise, able to provide services to local, state and federal governments, health providers, universities and education providers, commercial, residential and industrial property developers.

For more information contact Built Environs, Level 12, 99 Gawler Place, Adelaide SA 5000, phone 08 8232 1882, email, website

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