Perth Children's Hospital in Western Australia

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group was the building-services consultant for the new, award-winning AUD$1.2 billion (USD$821 million) Perth Children’s Hospital.


  • Size: 120,000 square meters (1.35 million square feet)
  • Construction Cost: AUD$1.2 billion (USD$821 million)
  • Client/Owner: John Holland
  • Architect: COX Architecture
  • Contractor: John Holland

The hospital is the sole dedicated children’s hospital for the state and will provide the best possible clinical care for future generations in Western Australia. Co-located with the Integrated Research and Education Facilities, including the Telethon Kids Institute (an Australian medical research institute for the prevention of pediatric disease and the development of improved medical treatments for children), it will also be the base for continuing Western Australia’s outstanding pediatric research.

Replacing the existing Princess Margaret Hospital, the new facility is located on the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Medical Center health precinct in Nedlands, Perth, and is one of the largest and most complex construction projects of its type in Western Australia. The project was procured via a two-stage managing contract arrangement. Construction began in January 2012 and was completed in late 2018.

The hospital has almost 300 inpatient beds, is designed to allow for future expansion, and will provide tertiary-level health services and key secondary health services, acute treatment, and diagnostics. The 125,000-square-meter (1.35 million-square-foot) facility has six treatment floors, two research floors, and two basement levels. Its services include intra-operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), specialist theaters and imaging, emergency care, burn-patient care, oncology, pharmacy, sterile services, mental health inpatient and outpatient care, allied health services, and ambulatory care.

The hospital was designed to reflect the natural healing beauty of the neighboring Kings Park and Botanic Garden. The building features a Northern Winter Garden, a double-skin active facade, a hydrotherapy pool, an auditorium, a large central atrium, a helipad to service the QEII campus, a cinema and recreation facilities (indoor and outdoor), and significant additional back-of-house support and office accommodation. It also hosts the Starlight Foundation facilities, providing entertainment, education, and technology to critically ill hospitalized children.

As the provider of all core and specialist building services, Tetra Tech was at the forefront of the adoption and use of Building Information Modeling software and its Revit application throughout the project, including for 3D visualization, clash detection, change management, laser scan surveys, on-site quality management, and preparation for Facilities Management integration.