Posted by barbara on May 18, 2012
Mention Royal North Shore Hospital and most followers of news will make a mental leap to recent complaints about unacceptable cleaning standards and ongoing contract issues.
But the bigger story for the 14 bed Crows Nest hospital that began life in 1887 is the current $950 million redevelopment of its successer, the 1902 St Leonards RNS hospital that opened in 1902 with 48 beds and the subsequent additions and extensions over the years that ended up with a 740 bed hospital.
According to online sources, the '$721 million new hospital and community health building' will be 'delivered by Thiess as part of the InfraShore consortium', with Thiess to maintain the facility for 28 years after its completion. (Check out http://www.thiess.com.au/capabilities/projects/royal-north-shore-hospital)
While the major overhaul that started in 2008 scheduled for completion in July 2014, the exterior look of the new hospital has already made its mark, with the signature colours of red, green and orange brightening up the impressive superstructure.
Check out the rooftop helicopter landing pad.
From an outsiders point of view, the selective use of bold colours is uplifting. As is the use of the architect, Hassell, of the newish facade known as terracade.
Last updated 4 April 2017.