"…the winter sun was streaming through the stairwell, sending light throughout the whole building with external light and views setting a spring in our steps"
Dr John O'Donnell, CEO, Mater Health Services

Mater Hospital Redevelopment

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Mater Health Services
Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Full Architectural services

14,200m² GFA - MMH

6,500m² GFA - MAH


Tertiary care hospital upgrade and expansion, including a new nine-storey maternity hospital

The $165M public/private Mater Redevelopment Project represents the rebirth of an iconic tertiary care hospital in Queensland. The project scope includes:

– a new nine-storey Mater Mothers’ Hospital;

– a four-storey extension to the Mater Adult Hospital;

– the partial refurbishment of the existing Mater Adult Hospital;

– a new helipad; and

– the replacement of the Stanley Street pedestrian bridge.

The focal point of this significant project is the new Mater Mothers’ Hospital (MMH), a collocated public and private health facility and tertiary level teaching hospital. The MMH is built on top of the fully functioning emergency entry for the Adult and Children’s Hospitals.

The Mater Adult Hospital refurbishment delivers upgrades to the Emergency Department, Procedural Suite, patient wards, food service and lifts, and establishes a new ICU and helipad. An extension to the Mater Adult Hospital provides ambulatory care, health information service, engineering services and the Stanley Street overhead pedestrian walkway, connecting the private and public hospitals. All projects were delivered without disruption to normal patient services.

As an extension to this redevelopment project, Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Services were consolidated within the Mater Children’s Hospital and newly expanded Mater Adult Hospital.


Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


RAIA Brisbane Public Architecture Commendation
RAIA Brisbane Art and Architecture Commendation

Brief Elements

  • Tertiary care hospital
  • 249 public/private obstetric beds
  • 16 delivery suites, 2 assessment emergency delivery suites
  • 3 obstetric theatres, 12 bed recovery unit
  • 76 cot neonatal ICU
  • 7 suite maternal foetal medicine unit
  • 20 consult/examination room ante natal clinic
  • 12 bed day assessment/observation unit


  • Expansive art program, which included four major pieces of public are integrated in the architectural design
  • Internal central courtyard provides pleasant outlook and natural light
  • Future proofing through plant rooms on site perimeter and strip window systems
  • Staging to allow hospital to maintain full functionality
  • Precast concrete floor systems spanning over the emergency forecourt enabled new hospital to be built over emergency entry of functioning Adult and Children's Hospital
  • Links to existing MAH for shared services and operational efficiency