The new Tweed Hospital site is located on the corner of Cudgen road and Turnock street near Kingscliff. The site is approximately 15 mins drive South of the Tweed heads centre and the Gold coast Airport.

The building is intended to replace most of the services currently provided by the current Tweed hospital on Powell street in Tweed.

Robert Bird Group have been engaged to complete part 3-8 of the Civil and Structural consultancy services.

Project Value:
AUD $400 million
Year Completed:
Building Metrics:
New Green field build
60,000 m2 schedule of accommodation (SOA)
with options to expand
6 storey building with 2 basement levels

Health Infrastructure NSW
Primary Contractor:
Lend lease
STH & Bates Smart
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering

Key technical challenges

  • The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
  • Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
  • Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
  • Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements

Environmental performance

  • 5 Star Greenstar
  • 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.

Key technical challenges

RBG redesigned the steel plunge columns enabling complex bracing arrangements and programme hold-points to be removed, hence simplifying excavation and improving health and safety. The ground floor slab was redesigned for significant construction loads and to prop the basement wall whilst maintaining a large void to allow the core to rise.

RBG also checked all permanent works elements for the temporary loads induced by the innovative construction sequence. The construction method further reduced the ground movements, thereby minimising the risk to sensitive network rail facilities adjacent to the site.

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