January 2014

Work for 2014 started on the hospital site on 13 January and despite some incredibly hot weather the
project remains on schedule.

The first crane, named Ben, was erected on 18/19 January and will be followed by the second tower crane
in late March. As the crane assists with structural construction at the Arnold St end of the site excavation
continues at the Hope St end.

The bulk soil excavation is nearing completion with the part of the Hope St end of the site where the
kitchen will go within 50 cm of base. With around 102,000 of 123,000 tonnes now removed excavation is
expected to be completed by early March.

Viewers of the webcam on the Bendigo Health website can clearly see the progress being made on the
hospital structure. The walls for the basement car park are near completion and they will be rapidly
followed by the slab. As the slab on ground progresses across the site it will be followed by the first of the 8
suspended slabs in late February.

The last remnants of Mercy St, which dissected the site, have been removed. Upon completion in
December 2016 Mercy Street will have a new exit directly onto Arnold St.

On the inside of the hoardings a temporary haul road has been constructed. The road will improve access
the site for the construction materials and reduce dust. It will be removed at the conclusion of the

Progress also continues on other parts of the site. The demolitions required to allow for the construction of
the childcare centre will start in two weeks.

The new 128 room Art Series Bendigo Studio was successfully erected in only 6 days using modules
prefabricated off site. The hotel is expected to take its first guests in May allowing a few months for
completion of the building.

Neve names first crane

One of the Loddon Mallee’s smaller residents is behind the name of one of Bendigo’s tallest structures.

Wedderburn’s Neve Nisbet is the first winner of the Bendigo Hospital Project’s Name the Cranes competition, held in December.

The seven-year-old came up with the name Ben for the 55m tower crane, which was erected on the weekend and is now in operation on the Bendigo Hospital Project site.

Neve chose the name Ben in honour of the former Bendigo Base Hospital.

Neve, along with her mother, Michelle, and sister, Kelsea, visited the site today to meet the crane driver and Neve was presented with some special items to remember the occasion.

“I’m very excited to meet the crane driver and see the name I chose on the big crane,” Neve said. “I can’t wait to go back to school and tell everyone.”

Northern Victoria member Amanda Millar MLC attended on behalf of the Minister for Health and presented Neve with a certificate of appreciation.

“Congratulations to Neve, who came up with a name that is so clever and so simple,” Ms Millar said.

“The competition is a great way to link the community with the project and we have had strong participation.”

Exemplar Health CEO Michele Morrison said the community connection was critical to the successful delivery of the project.

“Successful delivery of the project relies not only on fulfilling the contractual obligations but also by working with the local community,” she said. “ Initiatives such as the crane naming are a part of that.”

Three more tower cranes will be erected on site over coming months and each will be named by a local child through the Name the Crane competition run by the Victorian Government, Bendigo Health, Exemplar Health and Lend Lease.

The Bendigo Hospital Project is being delivered by Exemplar Health which is a consortium made up of Capella Capital, Siemens, Lend Lease and Spotless.