The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) was developed by the South Australian Government under the SA Public Private Partnership on an Adelaide CBD brown field site, designed to be Australia’s most advanced hospital and South Australia’s single largest infrastructure project to date.
Structurally, the hospital spans the equivalent of three city blocks and is located on a pristine site containing almost four hectares of landscaped parks and internal green space, including over 70 courtyards, terraces and sky gardens.
Its innovative design combines cutting-edge technology with new standards in conservation and environmental management.
The 9 level, 170,000m2 facility with 77,000m2 car parking has the capacity to admit more than 80,000 patients per year, with 800 beds with 100% single occupancy rooms and opening windows with an additional 100 day beds, 40 technical and 8 emergency (operating) suites, with gardens, green spaces and light columns.
As a major sub-contract partner for the design and construction Joint Venture between Hansen Yuncken and Leighton Contractors, the National Nilsen Group of Companies delivered on a contract valued in excess of $170 million over 5 years, for the provision of electrical and integrated communication services ‐ including high and low voltage reticulation, light, power and communication services all supported with critical power generation and UPS backup.
Since its conception in 2006, the SA Public Private Partnership had the ambitious goal of delivering state-of-the-art, patient-centred care facilities and amenities, of which lighting is a fundamental element.
To fully utilise natural light sources, while maintaining a balanced light level across areas as required by the various functions and operations; office areas, clinical, nurses stations, passageways, day/ICU/recovery/mental health patient rooms, procedural rooms and cyanosis. With a programmable and adjustable system to allow for functional and physical changes across the site.
In addition, the Project Team needed to ensure the lighting contributed to the achievement of a Green Star energy rating.