Gold Coast Hospital site
All hospital services have relocated from the Gold Coast Hospital, 108 Nerang Street to the new Gold Coast University Hospital at 1 Hospital Boulevard, Southport. This will free up the Gold Coast Hospital site for new opportunities.
The government has now declared the Southport Priority Development Area, which encompasses the Gold Coast Hospital site. A Priority Development Area (PDA) is declared by the state government to facilitate the development of land in Queensland for economic development or community purposes. More information is available on the declaration and the boundaries of the Southport PDA through Economic Development Queensland.
Gold Coast University Hospital replaces the Southport Gold Coast Hospital with modern, purpose-built health facilities and services. This means the former site is no longer required for health facilities.
The state government has considered a range of possible options for the future use of the site, informed by independent advice from property and industry experts. The local community also formed part of the process and was represented on a local, self-nominated planning reference group.
Through this process, it was agreed that the site offers unique development opportunities, being located in the heart of the Southport Central Business District (CBD), with one of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit stations adjacent to the site. These opportunities will further enhance Gold Coast City Council's vision to maintain and develop Southport's role as the Gold Coast's primary centre of commerce. The declaration of the Southport Priority Development Area further reinforces both Council and the State's commitment to development of Southport CBD.
The possibility to re-use the old hospital buildings was investigated as one of the options, however this option was ultimately discounted given the cost and risk associated with this option. Improving the current buildings to an industry standard that would enable adaptive re-use of the structures would require asbestos and other contaminant removal and significant, costly refurbishment. This option is less desirable to investors and developers, which puts the site at risk of remaining vacant for a long time.
Accordingly, the government is currently considering divestment opportunities for the site to ensure it attracts the right opportunity for Southport.
The government has appointed an experienced demolition contactor to manage demolition of this scale. Demolition is expected to commence by mid-2014.
This appointed demolition contractor will be required to implement an agreed strategy for managing any road closures, dust, noise, access and health issues to ensure minimal disruption to residents and businesses.
In the meantime, the site has been secured to minimise any security and safety risks to the community.
This page will be updated with information about the progress of works as it becomes available.
The local consultations that were undertaken on the future of the hospital site have been considered for the future development of the site. It is envisaged that future development on the site will include a mix of uses, typically found in the centre of a CBD, including retail, offices, restaurants and apartments.
Consistent with the previous planning proposals, the state will prepare the site to open new roads through the site. This will make future development accessible for both vehicles and pedestrians alike, including those using the Gold Coast Rapid Transit station at the front of the site.
For further information and enquiries, contact the department.
Demolition plan for Southport Hospital - media release (4 October 2013)