Stage 1 K-Block

The 10 storey inpatient precinct, known as K-Block, facing Campbell Street will assume a new place on Hobart's skyline.

To read more about K-Block see About K-Block - Fast Facts

What services you will find in K Block

Expanded space coupled with modern, contemporary facilities and technology will transform the way health care services are delivered and vastly improve the patient experience.

Improved patient care will directly result from bringing together services in 'precinct' areas such as women's and children's services; medical services; surgical services and mental health services in K Block.

The RHH Redevelopment will provide new and improved health facilities to support the delivery of improved health services including:

  • increased bed capacity
  • more operating theatres and procedure rooms
  • a dedicated women's, adolescents' and children's precinct and
  • improved infrastructure.

The design of K-Block is consistent with the Commonwealth-State Intergovernmental requirement to provide capacity for 195 overnight beds and other specified outputs.

The design will support the delivery of contemporary models of care for services that will be located in K-Block.

What will K Block look like?

The inpatient precinct will be built in an 'H' configuration and will face Campbell Street and back on to RHH's D-Block. Patient areas will line the perimeter of the building and enjoy light and views over Hobart with feature T-shaped windows.

The K Block Design

View of K Block from Hobart wharf area

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The building's façade complements Hobart's natural and built environments, and acknowledges aspects of our local heritage.

The grid of panels in the façade evokes the quilt pattern reminiscent of the Rajah Quilt, hand sewn by female convicts on their voyage to Van Diemen's Land in 1841. The history and texture of the city can be seen in the ghost printed design of Richard Jarman's 1858 Map of Hobart Town. The colours of the façade's panels are inspired by our local landscape: sky and water blues, landscape greens and earth tones. The shadow of Hobart's iconic Mount Wellington is reflected in the design.

The Rajah Quilt Sampling coloursRichard Jarman's mapProposed K Block facade from Campbell Street

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The new building will provide improved patient comfort and wellbeing with modern facilities and technology and, at the same time, reduce carbon emissions with more efficient water and power use.

Best practice control infection prevention and control measures have been built into the design to safeguard the health and safety of patients, clients, visitors and staff. Some of the Infection Prevention and Control measures incorporated in the design:

  • hand hygiene stations at the entrance/exit of each ward
  • personal protective equipment bays throughout wards
  • separation of 'clean' and 'dirty' pathways for travel and logistics
  • expanded isolation facilities for infectious patients
  • furnishings, fittings and surfaces that can be easily cleaned.

View of K Block from front of hospital

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The construction of K-Block commenced after the demolition of B-Block and is scheduled to reach practical completion late 2019.

More information is available on design development in A Look Inside K-Block.

  1. Unknown female convicts on board the Rajah
    The Rajah quilt 1841 (detail)
    Pieced medallion style unlined coverlet: cotton sheeting and chintz applique, silk thread embroidery
    325 x 337.2 cm
    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    Gift of Les Hollings and the Australian Textiles Fund 1989
  2. Sampling colour inspiration for façade - Image courtesy of Lyons with Terroir
  3. Façade image – Image courtesy of Lyons with Terroir.
  4. Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office: Map of Hobart Town/drawn and engraved by R. Jarman, 1858. Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office: AUTAS001131821787