Property and Infrastructure Specialists
Providing strategic advice and master planning services from needs assessment to business case preparation for a large-scale health planning exercise.
NSW Health
Maitland, NSW

The biggest health planning exercise in 20 years

The 2010 Maitland was identified as an area of increasing importance in the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy - and Maitland’s population grew significantly as a result.

In response, NSW Health embarked on the biggest health planning exercise in the region in two decades.

Comprehensive needs assessment

APP was engaged to conduct a thorough needs assessment, to determine the best way to service the burgeoning population with public health facilities. The assessment included options for upgrading or replacing the existing Maitland Hospital.

We worked with the Local Health District, their key stakeholders and the community to determine the most sustainable solution. During this planning phase we considered:

  • Health services based on both current and future demand
  • Local infrastructure, including the road network, car parking requirements and railway station
  • Environmental impacts.

Meeting the health needs of the Lower Hunter

We also conducted due diligence and assessment processes to identify a preferred site for a potential new health facility. This would replace the current Maitland Hospital and meet all the clinical and functional needs of Lower Hunter Clinical Network, providing:

  • Additional inpatient beds in medicine, surgery, orthopaedics and rehabilitation
  • More birthing delivery suites
  • More theatre and day beds
  • Intensive care unit
  • Emergency short-stay unit
  • Psychiatric emergency care centre
  • Enhanced ambulatory care centre
  • New chemotherapy and medical day unit services
  • Enhancements to existing medical imaging services
  • Mental health services
  • Operating and recovery suites
  • Dialysis services
  • Oral health services
  • Cancer and out-patient services.


Having located a suitable 42-hectare site near Maitland, we led the design team in developing a master plan and a concept design for the proposed new health facility.

Following the NSW Treasury guidelines, we also led the preparation of preliminary and final business cases for the project to:

  • Detail the case for change
  • Demonstrate the value proposition by examining total lifecycle costs, benefits, risks and implementation requirements.

We also thoroughly documented critical project elements, such as cost, schedule, quality, social and environmental issues.

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