Behind the Scenes – Structural Engineering of the New Royal Children’s Hospital

Presented by:

  • Barry Roben - Associate Director, Irwinconsult 
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What made The New Royal Children’s Hospital, the largest hospital ever constructed in Victoria (2nd largest in Australia), and largest PPP hospital completed in Australia a success? What occurred behind the scenes, both as a major project and structurally that made it one of the leading children’s hospitals worldwide? 

The hospital of 250,000m2 was delivered to a fast-track program by a PPP team to a structural design by Irwinconsult. It has been designed to be “A hospital in a part and a park in a hospital”. The guiding principles were to place the family at the centre of care, and to use the nuturing qualities of nature to aid in the children’s recovery.

This presentation will address the many challenges faced by design and construction of such a large and complex project inlcuding: 

  • Speed of construction
  • Control of movement in floor-plates of up to 40,000m2
  • Sensitive medical imaging and operating equipment
  • Incorporation of a helipad over operating theatres
  • 5 Greenstar sustainability rating 

Barry Roben is an Associate Director at Irwinconsult, one of Australia’s leading consulting engineering firms in structural engineering. He has worked as a structural engineer for 18 years in Australia and Ireland. He has completed iconic projects such as the National Museum of Australia, Grand Canal Square Hotel, and most recently the new Royal Children’s Hospital. He is currently leading the structural design of a new School of Architecture of the University of Melbourne and is the structural engineer on one of the two teams shortlisted for the new Bendigo Hospital PPP.


This event will be held in Lecture Theatre C1 at The University of Melbourne, Engineering Block C, Level 4. View map.

This event will start at  6:15pm, with refreshments from 5:45pm

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