St Vincents Hospital O’Brien Building



After the completion of St Vincent’s Hospital O’Brien Building early works, Richard Crookes Constructions was awarded the Contract for the Redevelopment of the O’Brien Building. The design, development and construction of the new building includes seven floors of functional accommodation with four levels of basement carparking for 228 cars. The health services comprise 27 inpatient mental health beds; community mental health team; consultation liaison psychiatry; HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. The alcohol and drug clinic provides patients with a detoxification unit, methadone & buprenophine stabilisation clinic and information / health services. This project is the first fully integrated Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug and Community health facility in Australia. This project is a functional building used for the management of drug and alcohol addicted mental health patients. Careful consideration was made to acoustic issues during the design development.

The hospital building was built within a restrained and busy operating hospital environment. Noise and vibration monitors were put in place and Richard Crookes Constructions adopted construction methods to minimise this during demolition including the use of crushers rather than hammers.

The new seven level reinforced concrete building was joined to the existing Aiken Head Building and heritage listed de Lacy building. The de Lacy Building required significant detailed restoration works to the façade which was completed in consultation with the architects and heritage consultants.

Client: St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney
Architect: Bligh Voller Nield
Delivery Form: Design & Construct
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW
Value: $41.5 m
Completion date: March 2010