October 2013

Excavation is on track with around 20,000 tonnes of clean fill removed from the site and 5,500 tonnes of contaminated soil safely disposed of. This means that the excavation is now around a fifteen per cent complete.

Retention piles have been dug along Drought Street and are in the process of being dug along Hope Street. Fifteen have been done with the area next to the staff amenities to come. The piles are around 8 to 9 meters deep and are a critical part of the retention walls that need to be built along the higher part of the site.

The tall piling rigs are the second type of plant operating on site in addition to the excavators.

On the lower portion of the site, between Mercy and Arnold Streets a 5 meter trench has been dug for the relocation of the storm water drain.

In around a month the pouring of concrete for the first slab area of the Bendigo Hospital Project will occur. This will be a significant step as the footprint of the hospital will be fixed and it will allow for the structural work to commence in December.

Construction activity is also underway on the site of the current Bendigo Hospital with foundation work on the hotel continuing and a fence soon to be established around Yarrington House to allow for its conversion to a child care centre.

Construction update – enabling works completed

Enabling works

$55m of projects were completed to prepare for the contruction of the new hospital. They were as follows:

Ambulance Relocation

This project involved the relocation of Ambulance Victoria services from Arnold Street, to strategic locations in the Bendigo area.

The relocation of the Ambulance service allowed site clearance to occur in preparation for the New Bendigo Hospital.

Ambulance stations are now located at:-

  • An ambulance station in Epsom at 199 Midland Highway
  • An ambulance station in Eaglehawk on 2/2A Market Street
  • A new regional office and workshops in 107-125 Holdsworth Road, North Bendgo
  • An ambulance station in Strathdale at 131 Edwards Road
  • An ambulance station in Central Bendigo in Uley Street.

Mercy Street Closure

Mercy Street was closed to through traffic on Friday, June 17.

We continue to work with consultants on the finer details, which include the expansion of car parking, signage and the possible removal, relocation and diversion of services such as electrical, gas, sewer and storm water.

Access to John Lindell Rehabilitation Unit has not been impacted other than all vehicles have to enter Mercy Street via Barnard Street.

Mercy Street now falls in line with Bendigo Health’s smoke free policy and smoking is no longer permitted in this area.

Site clearance

Site clearance has been finalised for the Bendigo Hospital Project and included:-

  • The demolition of five houses in Mercy Street
  • The demolition of the former HART building on the Anne Caudle Centre campus
  • The demolition of the former Ambulance Victoria services building
  • The demolition of the former laundry and boiler house
  • The demolition of extension to significant historical buildings.

Temporary Energy Plants

Temporary energy plants have been erected on both the Lucan and Barnard street sites.

A temporary energy centre has been built on the Barnard Street site near the front gate.

For the first time in 60 years all buildings on this site are now being fed from the front including the main electrical switchboard, generator enclosure, generator fuel tank and boiler house.

The energy centre on the Lucan Street site is located near the workshops.

Geotechnical and geochemical investigation works

Geotechnical and geochemical investigation works (or soil testing) has been performed at Bendigo Health.

These works include boring, sampling and testing the ground conditions to a depth of around four metres to establish characteristics likely to influence the construction of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

When building any building, it is standard practice to test the ground to see how stable it is and use that information to design the foundations.

Demolition of the HART building

The HART building at the front of the Anne Caudle Centre campus has been demolished to make way for a temporary energy centre as part of the enabling works for the New Bendigo Hospital.

The HART building was built in 1958 as was originally used as nurses’ quarters. More recently the building has housed Bendigo Health’s Home Assessment and Rehabilitation Team.

We’ve been planning for a new hospital in Bendigo since 2006, it’s very exciting to see major works commencing on the Anne Caudle Centre campus.

Move to Havlin Street East Complex

A major step towards the New Bendigo Hospital has taken place with approximately 200 community staff from the Anne Caudle Centre campus moving to their new home in Havlin Street East.

Bendigo Health recently acquired the land and buildings in Havlin Street East which was formally the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Our community staff play a vital role in the support of the health and wellbeing of the community. The opportunity to move these services onto this site and be co-located with other complimentary services is one that was too good to miss.

Bendigo Health Buildings and Infrastructure team had much to do to prepare the new site for staff to move in.

The site had been neglected after the previous occupants moved on. Bendigo Health staff, together with many local contractors and have done an amazing job breathing new life into these buildings.

The interior has received a facelift, together with a large amount of ground works to clear the exterior of debris and rubbish

Demolition of former fleet offices (staff flats)

Asbestos removal was completed on the old fleet offices at the rear of the Anne Caudle Centre (Drought Street) in preparation for the demolition of these buildings.

A hygienist was onsite to conduct air sampling during the removal process and ensure the appropriate exclusion zones are in place.

Bendigo Health has long been recognised as leaders in environmental sustainability and the demolition of the old staff flats was another way the organisation promoted the better use of our natural resources through recycling building materials.

Building an energy efficient hospital should start at enabling works and we are encouraging our contractors, where practical to recycle as much as possible.

There is so much that can be re-used from these buildings including doors, windows, roofing tiles and bricks.

Around 20 tonnes was diverted from landfill through this project alone.

Projects like this demonstrate Bendigo Health and the Bendigo Hospital Project team’s ongoing commitment to the environment and provides us with an opportunity to look at how we can build our new hospital in a sustainable manner.