Aussie Building One Of World's Most Expensive


The Royal Adelaide Hospital is one of the most expensive buildings in world history.

The hospital, which will cost $2.1 billion upon its completion in 2016, has been announced the third most costly building in the world after One World Trade Centre in New York ($3.9 billion in 2014) and Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest ($3 billion in 1988). It's even more expensive than Dubai's Burj Khalifa - the tallest man-made structure in the world.

The results were compiled by Hamburg-based architectural data research company Emporis and published in its list of the 200 most expensive buildings in the world.

Designed by Silver Thomas Hanley (STH) in joint venture with DesignInc (STHDI), the 11-level Royal Adelaide Hospital is designed to admit more than 80,000 patients a year. The technologically advanced-design hospital will feature a purpose-designed ICT engine that integrates patient records, and clinical, patient and FM support systems.

The project, a collaboration between SA Health Partnership consortium, which includes Hansen Yuncken, Leighton Contractors, Macquarie and Spotless, is being constructed at the eastern end of North Terrace.

Other expensive Australian buildings in the Top 200 included the Myer Centre in Adelaide (no. 13 at $1 billion in 1991) and Chifley Tower in Sydney (no. 16 at $1 billion) and the ANZ Bank Centre in Sydney (no. 25 at $800 million in 2013).

Other buildings in  the top 10 included The Palazzo in Las Vegas ($1.9 billion in 2007), The Shard in London ($1.9 billion in 2013), Taipei 101 in Taipei ($1.76 billion), Burj Khalifa in Dubai ($1.5 billion), Capita Green in Singapore ($1.4 billion), Kyota Station in Kyoto ($1.25 billion in 1997) and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg ($1.027 billion in 2016).

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At $2.1 billion, the Royal Adelaide Hospital is more expensive than Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest man-made structure ($1.5 billion).

The Palazzo in Las Vegas was the fifth most costly building in the world at $1.9 billion.

The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the world's second most expensive building. It cost a staggering $3 billion to build in 1988.

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