New Royal Children's Hospital project


The new Royal Children's Hospital project is delivering quality tertiary health care services to children in both metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria.

Front view of Royal Children's HospitalInternal view of Royal Children's Hospital

Project name

The new Royal Children's Hospital project


$946 million (net present value, as at June 2007)


Service delivery commenced

Department or agency

Department of Health and Human Services and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Private sector partner

Children's Health Partnership consortium, comprising:

  • International Public Partnerships (sponsor);
  • Bovis Lend Lease (builder);
  • Spotless Group (facilities manager); and 
  • Billard Leece, Bates Smart and HKS (architects).


The new Royal Children’s Hospital project is the largest hospital redevelopment undertaken by the State Government of Victoria.

The outcomes of the project will have a major impact on the quality of tertiary health services to be delivered to children in both metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.

On 21 November 2007 it was announced that the Children's Health Partnership would design, build, finance and maintain the hospital for a 25-year period, as well as provide a significant range of extra facilities to benefit sick children, their families and hospital staff.

The new hospital was built immediately to the west of the existing site on Flemington Road in Parkville. The Research Precinct Building and the Front Entry Building was retained.

The new RCH:

  • has capacity to treat an additional 35 000 patients each year;
  • provides over 2 000 carparks and more than 500 bicycle spaces;
  • provides more accommodation and other facilities for parents;
  • has more play areas, better park access and expanded childcare facilities;
  • includes state of the art research and education facilities and;
  • includes a range of shops and services for staff, patients, families, carers and visitors.

The new hospital opened in 2011. Much of the old site will be demolished and reinstated as parkland.

All health services will continue to be publicly operated in accordance with government policy that core services should be provided directly by the government.

Contact information

Dimi Karalis
Contract Administrator (PPP)
Department of Health & Human Services
Phone: 9096 2726  


Related information

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