Owned and operated by Children’s Health Queensland, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital centralises highly specialised children’s health services into an 112,000m2 building along Brisbane’s Southbank precinct. With 359 beds, 12 clinical levels and 14 operating theatres, the new hospital is the paediatric centre for Queensland and brings together staff and services of the former Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Children’s Hospital.

A joint design venture between Conrad Gargett and Lyons Architects, it’s the first Australian hospital to win the Academy of Design and Health Award for Best Future Hospital. “Brisbane’s subtropical climate provided a reference point for the environmental approach taken in the design expressed externally by extensive sun shading and internally by a tree and branch structure which allows the building to breathe”, says Ian Mitchell, Principal, Conrad Gargett.

Aimed at fostering a patient and family friendly environment, Schiavello furniture and workstations were chosen for their positive contribution to health and wellbeing. Working closely with project managing contractor Lend Lease, Schiavello’s solutions met the brief, program, quality checks and budget. This included the custom manufacture of parent sofa beds, which provided unique, built-in cushioned seating and sleeping arrangements.

Optimising a nationwide network, Schiavello manufactured 181 units in both Victoria and Queensland, which were then installed on site. Interactive children’s seating was also developed, including a range of interconnecting diamond shaped ottomans, and bespoke bench seating which was created for various waiting areas.

Staff wellbeing was also addressed with technician height-adjustable Centric workstations supplied on open plan office levels. This was coupled with System 45 privacy panels and individual Systemet storage units. Marina meeting tables and Kayt Quiet booths were also adopted in both formal and informal staff breakout spaces.

“Schiavello supported the client and design team in developing the project brief with their in-depth knowledge and experience on similar projects. They objectively provided options and solutions that met the client’s project vision and aspirations”, says Stefano Scalzo, Principal, Lyons Architects.