History and design

PCH's staged opening took place during May and June 2018, as services transferred from Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Subiaco, which had been Western Australia's main paediatric hospital for more than 108 years.

PCH's story began in 2008, when the State Government announced that a new children's hospital would be built to replace PMH and address the future paediatric health needs of the State's growing population.

Construction began in 2012 at the QEII Medical Centre site in Nedlands. A year later, the name Perth Children's Hospital was announced, recognising the original name of Western Australia’s first children’s hospital when it opened in Subiaco in 1909 (it was renamed Princess Margaret Hospital in 1949).


Consultation and design

Green couches overlooking trees in a family sitting area at PCHThe PCH Project team consulted widely with national and leading international paediatric hospitals, PMH clinicians, patients and the community during the hospital's design phase. A Youth Advisory Committee was established in 2009 to provide a forum for frequent hospital users to have input into the planning process.

The final design by The Architects Alliance – a consortium of local and international experts – incorporates a number of elements to support a healing environment. Key features include:

  • Inspiration from neighbouring Kings Park, including colours and views
  • Flower-shaped building, with wards branching out like petals 
  • An abundance of natural light, with large windows in each inpatient room
  • Access to 3500sqm of green space, including gardens and outdoor areas on upper levels 
  • Emphasis on the colour green, which is associated with growth and renewal


Our logo

Colourful PCH logo with jellybean shapes surrounding child figureThe PCH logo is inspired by the growth rings of a tree trunk and features the colours of Kings Park's native flora, fauna, seeds and wildlife. 

It also reflects the coming together of young people, their families and carers, and our health professionals. The abstract figure of a child at the heart of the design reflects the vision, mission and values of PCH – placing children at the centre of everything we do.


Key PCH opening dates during 2018

  • Saturday 12 May - Official opening ceremony
  • Monday 14 May - First outpatient clinics
  • Monday 28 May - Commencement of elective surgery
  • Sunday 10 June - 'Final move day' (opening of the PCH emergency department and transfer of all inpatients from PMH to PCH)
  • Mid-June - Patients from Bentley Adolescent Unit complete their transfer to PCH