The New $1.7 Billion Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH) has begun construction at the western end of North terrace/ Port rd. The design incorporates the requirements of experienced medical professionals together with innovations from hospitals around the world.
External artist's impression of the East Plaza with the SAHMRI building in the foreground. A striking, bold design befitting a modern hospital facility. Image courtesy Design Inc website.
Opening in 2016, the 800 bed facility (only 120 more beds than the old RAH) will include a retail precinct, gym and crèche. Parking for 2300 cars will be accommodated on site, with the majority underground. The building will have an emphasis on green spaces, amenities and internal gardens. Space has been allocated on the western side of the site for future expansion.
Artist's impression of the main entrance to the new hospital. Image courtesy Design Inc website.
It's a pity this site was chosen by the Rann Government as it effectively cuts off the river from North terrace, ruining a great opportunity for the river to be connected to the city. The location and cost became a Political "hot potato" in the lead-up to the State election in 2010, with the Liberal opposition tabling three other redevelopment options that were supposedly cheaper than building a new hospital on this site from scratch.
The current construction site from Port rd. The adjacent SAHMRI building (SA Health and Medical Research Institute) is in the background.
The new hospital has been designed with flexible spaces that are adaptable as medical technology and patient needs change. Robots will collect drugs and other medical goods from central stores, package and deliver them to nursing stations while also delivering meals to patients' rooms. This will save a lot of money for non-essential nursing staff.
Artist's impression of the single Inpatient bedrooms which will have private ensuites, natural light, fresh air and views of green spaces. A roll-out couch in each room will allow relatives to sleep over. I am not sure if the nurse is a robot. Image courtesy SA Health website.
The new hospital complex does not block off access to the river as you state. Currently there's no access at all due to the rail yards. When the project's finished it will actually open up access to a redeveloped riverbank area.