Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (formerly known as Queensland Children’s Hospital) will be Queensland’s Primary Specialist Paediatric Hospital offering 12 clinical levels, 4 basement levels and a remote energy plant to supply energy needs of the hospital precinct that is over 110000 m2 in total. This purpose-built facility will incorporate the history, skills and expertise of the staff of the Royal Children’s hospital and Mater Children’s hospital.


The package amounted to supplying and erecting around 44,000m2 of edge protection and 3650 tonnes of scaffolding for the duration of the 130-week program. Over 40 Uni-span personnel worked at the QCH site, including skilled scaffolding labour, supervisors, engineers, draftsmen, contract administrators, WHS personnel and contract managers. Uni-span also dedicated a WPHS representative to the project, who undertook safety audits in conjunction with the client and Uni-span Site Supervisor to ensure all contracted requirements, due diligence requirements and applicable safety standards were met. Solving the access to these work fronts, with a safe, smart and accurate design was essential.

Other complex design solutions were the helideck, QCHEP cantilevered eastern façade and Core 3 suspended special bracket scaffold.


  • High risk area due to location proximity to special school, Stanley Street and Raymond Terrace, public walkways and site workers.

  • Scaffold design incorporated cantilevers, suspended scaffolds and specifically engineered ties to the structure.

  • Build was done at night.

  • Scaffold was designed and installed so as to not damage the existing finishes.

  • Scaffold had to be designed to allow for the unique architectural geometry of the various branch structures, none of which were the same.

  • Our solution allowed for minimal impediment of the works occurring both internally to the branch and below.

  • The solution allowed full access and protection to all faces of the branch structures which met the clients requirements. The scaffold was then used by most trades onsite.


For the length of this contract, Uni-span had a remarkable safety record. Despite unforeseen general project delays, Uni-span met every required stage of completion. Another challenge Uni-span was successful in was the co-ordination of scaffolding to satisfy various trades needing access to the work face, within the design and also within the location constraints, due to the site’s proximity to the Mater Special School, Stanley and Raymond Terrace.