Work has commenced on RDX Lumina, a placemaking Gold Coast Health and Knowledge development by Northwest Healthcare Properties, Australia’s largest healthcare real estate owner.
The Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport yesterday turned sod on the $154m project at a ceremony on the RDX site in the heart of the Precinct’s Lumina commercial district, alongside Northwest President and Regional CEO Craig Mitchell.
RDX is a premium eight-level health and innovation facility fitted for research, biotech, clinical and education functions.
At the ceremony, Mr Hinchcliffe said he expects life sciences work done under RDX’s roof will produce ”innovations that will deliver to the world”.
“We’ll see [RDX] making a massive difference to the way this Precinct delivers on its promise to be a real world-leading cutting edge health and knowledge precinct,” he says.
Northwest President and Regional CEO Craig Mitchell says the building’s position in the heart of GCHKP will create significant collaboration opportunities for RDX tenants.
“By creating a world-class facility to attract the best people in the industry and encourage further investment in research, development and training, we hope to make a substantial commitment to the broader healthcare industry into the future, in Queensland and beyond.”
“The GCHKP location represents an added opportunity to collaborate with Griffith University researchers, other clinicians and industry partners.”
Mr Mitchell says RDX will be used for cutting edge life sciences work such as neuroendovascular radiology, interventional cardiology innovation and training, rehabilitation inpatient and outpatient clinical services, human clinical trials, research and virtual care via robotic technologies.
“It’s very important to build the ecosystem where you’ve got the private sector, the public sector, PhD students and researchers—an ecosystem looking at how you take research all the way through to the patient, the whole journey from the lab to bed.”
After the sod turning, the official party attended the Precinct’s new Neutex Image-Guided Surgical Training and Technologies Centre for a tour conducted by co-founder Dr Hal Rice.
Neutex, a committed tenant of RDX, is working until construction is complete from commercial Precinct space provided by Northwest to deliver world-leading training to specialists from across the Asia Pacific using the latest Philips Image-guided therapy system and technologies.
The 6-Star Green Star RDX is designed as an all-electric, carbon-neutral building and due for completion mid-2025.
With Evans Long’s $80m eight-storey development Proxima due for completion 2024, RDX is part of a construction boom in the GCHKP, driven by nearly $250m of private investment.