Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Architectus Brisbane in association with Rice Daubney Architects is designing the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital for Queensland Health.

The architectural joint venture, as a member of the Exemplar Health Consortium, is partnering with Lend Lease to design and deliver the new $1.8 billion public tertiary teaching hospital using a Public Private Partnership (PPP) delivery model.

The Sunshine Coast University Hospital is being developed as part of a 20 hectare integrated health campus on a green-field site at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane.

It will be a world class health care facility attracting the best staff and servicing the region as the hub in an integrated network of accessible healthcare.

Key features of the design include a large integrated central Courtyard and the Outdoor Room designed to take advantage of the local climate, coastal lifestyle, and the healing properties of natural air and light. These major spaces use the natural environment and landscape to create a hospital that blends buildings with landscape, seamlessly linking inside to out.

Designed to create natural, freely accessible social spaces that take full advantage of the benign seaside climate, SCUH will offer high levels of public and natural amenity, and, through connection to the local community enhance the experience of patients and staff and contribute to their wellbeing.

The Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) is a collaboration between the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and Tertiary Education Providers. The facility is used to train new health professionals and  provides ongoing training for existing professionals. The SCHI facilities are positioned within SCUH to make the research and teaching functions highly visible. The facility includes simulation suites, laboratories, library, lecture theatres, auditorium and multi-purpose teaching rooms. View the project video here

Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) from Architectus on Vimeo.

Project Sheet

Project Summary

Exemplar Health/Lend Lease
Kawana, QLD
Floor area
20 ha
Original value
Dr Stephen Long


  • AIA Queensland State Architecture Award for Public Architecture
  • AIA Queensland State Architecture Award for Urban Design