Green stars all around for South Australian healthcare

The multiple award winning Lyell McEwin Hospital’s 96 bed Inpatient Building is on track to be Australia’s first ever 6-star green star healthcare facility.

Opening as a small country hospital in 1959, today the Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH) is the premier hospital servicing Adelaide’s northern suburbs and is recognised as a leading teaching institution for healthcare professionals in South Australia.

Commencing in 2001, Hansen Yuncken has delivered a $310 million three stage redevelopment of this facility to meet the needs of the growing population of the northern suburbs and surrounding areas.

To minimise the effects on the environment, the project aimed to minimise Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and water consumption site wide. It also included the construction of Building A (96-bed Inpatient) with the aim to achieve a 5-Star Green Star “As-Built” rating. Currently for “Design” Hansen Yuncken has received a 5-Star Green Star Healthcare rating and are now on track to achieve the first ever 6-Star Green Star Healthcare “As-Built” rating in Australia.

This surpasses the original project objective which is now certified (design) to a star rating. This process has been managed from the outset, with the team reviewing Green Star requirements in the specifications set out by the Green Star Consultant. Continuous monitoring and the collation of detailed documentation was requested by the Green Star consultant, and instructed and managed additional points scope in order to support and strengthen the submission to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Lyell McEwin Hospital was, in 2001, South Australia’s first health project contracted under a collaborative Managing Contract framework. The establishment of this contract drove the delivery of MC contracts across the industry for over a decade and now is regarded as one of Hansen Yuncken’s benchmark healthcare projects. Providing the local community with state-of-the-art facilities and enhanced technologies, the success and longevity of this project has been influential in building credibility to secure major health projects across Australia.