At the new Bendigo Hospital Project, structural works are now complete, making way for a phase, where the focus is on the ‘finishes’ of the building, including fixtures and fittings. And as we look forward to an exciting New Year of major progress, the project will be all about creating a hospital rather than just creating a building.
We’re currently seeing 780 workers on-site, including engineers and foremen. The task of installing flooring (vinyl and carpet), painting, electrical and tech fit-outs is currently underway. Onsite too, temporary power has made way for ‘energising’ the building, as the permanent electrical infrastructure is increasingly connected. For instance the hospital’s lighting is now active in the medical imaging areas, emergency departments, operating suites – as well as the cancer centre and hospital kitchen. The building’s permanent lifts are also operational, as the temporary hoists are gradually removed.
The plant rooms are also taking shape, housing equipment such as boilers, chillers, air-conditioning and water treatment units. Service tradespeople are in the early stages of commissioning this plant and equipment as electricity supply is connected.
This month the hospital’s main pedestrian entry and thoroughfare that links Drought Street and Mercy Street features a mass of scaffolding. This is to allow builders to fit-out services and conduct ceiling works, with the underside of its roof to be clad in timber and window panels.
The quality finishes inside the build are in various stages of completion. An example is on Level 4, bedheads are installed within the inpatient units – while fittings and fixtures such as flooring, power-points, medical gas and sanitising units are now installed in the new operating theatres.
The hospital’s kitchen has been substantially completed with all sinks, ovens, chillers, washing machines and other utility equipment fully fitted, in preparation for its estimated opening in July 2016, when the loading dock is also estimated to be operational.
The external work includes the preservation of historic buildings, so as to retain the authenticity of the site’s original constructions, period features and decorative motifs. An outstanding example is work underway on the old red brick ‘division of GPs’ building near Hope Street, earmarked as the new Wellness Centre.
During the coming months we’ll start to see some works around the top end of Mercy Street which will enable earthworks and landscaping, as the vision for the hospital’s forecourt slowly emerges.