A block of Queensland government-owned land has been given to Ronald McDonald House to build accommodation for the families of sick children.

The world’s largest Ronald McDonald House for families of sick children will be built in Brisbane.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says a prime piece of state-owned land worth several million dollars in South Brisbane will be given to the corporate charity to build accommodation big enough to house more than 450 people a night.

It will cost $35 million to construct, with $15 million being put up by Ronald McDonald House southeast Queensland.

The rest will have to come from philanthropy, Mr Newman said on Thursday.

“The land is a sizeable contribution (from the state) already,” he said.

“I hope this would encourage philanthropists, both corporate and private individuals, to open up their cheque books and their hearts, to support this venture.”

Mr Newman said the new Ronald McDonald House, to be built near the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane, would be the biggest one of its kind in the world and is expected to open its doors in 2016.

Construction is expected to start later this year.