Queensland Children’s Hospital Level 12A fully operational within 24 hours after project completion

At Queensland Children’s Hospital, Conrad Gargett together with ADCO worked collaboratively towards their soft-landing project delivery process which achieved a fully operational ward within 24 hours after project completion.

On Level 12 the inpatients ward recently underwent a transformation, providing additional capacity within the existing available shelled space. The project delivery adopted a soft-landings approach to achieve a seamless transition from construction to end user occupation. Our candid and collaborative partnership with the construction team and clinician user group enabled a highly responsive and efficient project delivery.

Lessons learnt from the original master plan and a continuous consultation process during the course of the design phase informed our teams clear understanding and shared sense of responsibility for delivering a ward that could meet the current and future needs of the fitout. Remarkably, within 24 hours after project completion the ward was fully operational at patient capacity.


Our team lead a rigorous test-fit options analysis of the original layout proposed in the masterplan achieving an additional 5 bed spaces, raising the total occupancy to 29 patients. This new fit out provides additional capacity at the Children’s Health Queensland’s (CHQ) hub of tertiary services for children and young people across Queensland.

“…For Conrad Gargett we were fortunate to have an absolutely fantastic client and great project manager that really worked with the whole design team. Being in a highly collaborative environment gave everyone a lot more buy-in to the project and it also allowed our communication to be better”

— Paul Emmett, Principal, Conrad Gargett



QCH is the single specialist children’s hospital for the state, providing clinical, education and support services for children and young people. With the hospital continuing to function around the inpatients ward during construction and the new rooms completed in succession, our team actively respond to feedback from practicing clinicians in real time, delivering rooms that were in direct response to the practical needs of the users.

“It was a fantastic result. What I really liked about it was the clinicians that helped make those decisions, come practical completion, they owned the end result and they really enjoyed the fact that they were heard and those minor tweaks were accommodated for them”

— Nicholas Herps, Project Manager, ADCO


Watch and listen to Conrad Gargett Principal, Paul Emmett chat with Nicholas Herps, Project Manager at ADCO Constructions about their experience achieving a soft-landings project delivery for Queensland Children’s Hospital Level 12A.



QCH has been ranked as one of the world’s best specialised hospitals following a global survey of medical professionals. Coming in at number 15 places QCH as the top paediatric hospital in the Southern Hemisphere. We are proud to have been the architects who delivered this fantastic facility that continues to provide specialist care to over 1,500 children and young people every day.

Take a look at the full list of world ranking specialist hospitals here