The SPIRE Project

As our city continues to grow, so too does demand for health services.


Healthcare planning

As our city continues to grow, so too does demand for health services.

Territory-wide health services planning, undertaken by the ACT Health Directorate, aims ensure the healthcare needs of Canberrans are met today and into the future.

An important part of this planning is the assessment and provision of infrastructure that will allow Canberra Health Services to fulfil its goal to provide quality care when and where it is needed.

The SPIRE Project is the largest healthcare infrastructure project being undertaken in the ACT.  Together with existing facilities and several other infrastructure projects underway across Canberra, the SPIRE Project will help meet the increasing demand for complex healthcare services required by our growing, and ageing, population.

The SPIRE Project

The SPIRE Project will deliver a state-of-the-art emergency, surgical and critical healthcare facility on the Canberra Hospital campus.

The new facility will ensure the healthcare needs of our growing and ageing community are met today, and into the future.

The SPIRE Project is transforming the Canberra Hospital campus and will enhance the delivery of hospital-based health care in a modern, purpose-built facility.  It will form the anchor-point for future hospital campus developments.

With more than $500 million invested in the Canberra Hospital campus, the SPIRE Project will deliver increased capacity across the hospital’s adult intensive care, paediatric intensive care, surgical and emergency services.  

SPIRE infographic

Features of the new facility

The SPIRE Project will deliver:

  • 148 inpatient beds (including 60 Intensive Care Unit beds and 24 Coronary Care Unit beds)
  • 22 operating theatres
  • 114 emergency treatment spaces
  • 55 day surgery beds
  • integrated radiology and medical imaging facilities
  • patient, carer and staff spaces for respite, learning and meeting

In addition to these increases in critical care service capacity, the project offers improved access between the emergency department and critical care utilities.  


Following extensive planning and feasibility work, the new facility will be built at the eastern end of the hospital campus.


The SPIRE Project factsheet
Media release, 29 May 2019

The SPIRE Project location also effectively re-purposes valuable campus space, by demolishing aging buildings (building 5 and 24) and replacing these with a new, purpose-built facility.  The new build will accommodate contemporary models of care, new and emerging technologies and flexible design principles. 

Existing critical operations such as the helipad and emergency services area at Canberra Hospital will continue to function, uninterrupted by the SPIRE Project.

Planning and enabling works have commenced and the SPIRE Project is anticipated to be completed in 2023/24.

Project activities

The SPIRE Project includes two significant workstreams:  

  1. SPIRE Project Main Works: the design, construction and integration of the new emergency, surgical and critical healthcare facility at the Canberra Hospital; and 
  2. SPIRE Project Enabling Works: the activities and actions required to clear and prepare the site for construction.

An indicative timeline of key phases is illustrated below.

The SPIRE Project Activities

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Page last updated on: 9 Sep 2019