Bendigo Hospital Project Autumn Newsletter

The Bendigo Hospital Project published a special four-page feature in the Bendigo Weekly newspaper on Friday April 18, 2016. Stories about the preservation of Bendigo’s historical architecture on the hospital campus and how the new emergency department is progressing are just some of the features included.

Bendigo Hospital Project Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Bendigo Hospital Project Autumn 2016 Newsletter









Construction update – March 2016

The Bendigo Hospital Project will provide residents with a world-class hospital from the ground up. Right now, in early 2016, it’s the largest regional hospital development in Victoria.

Currently the project has 650 workers on-site, including engineers and specialised consultants.

Internally, marked changes to the building are emerging, with the fixtures and fittings phase well underway. Vinyl floor coverings, joinery, partitions and ceilings are in various stages of completion as the project enters the last year of its ‘stage one’ building phase.

A focus for the project has been the application of durable finishes which have been carefully chosen to ensure the interior environment is of a high quality. Nearing the fit-out completion stage are areas such as the accident and emergency bays, the oncology area, recovery bays and intensive care rooms.

Workers have been testing and commissioning the four diesel standby power generators, and with cooled water now being produced by the new chillers in the hospital’s basement, the air-conditioning systems are also in a test and commissioning phase. Internal areas are being ‘energised’, so as electrical power becomes functional; the lights can be turned on, as the builders start stringent checks on the ‘finishing’ aspects of the construction.

Incorporated into the design, is what the project terms as the ‘street’, an impressive entrance designed as an internal atrium. Right now, there is scaffolding masking this area, as work is conducted on the feature ceiling and walls.

Externally, roadworks are a focus. Mercy Street is closed to traffic, as a significant level change is completed, while drainage and road resurfacing progresses. Mercy Street will serve as the entrance to the new hospital, and its thoroughfare to Monash School of Rural Health, the Good Loaf Café, La Trobe Rural Health School and Bendigo Health’s services will be back to normal in April.

Landscapers are also working on the 44 courtyards and balconies throughout the new hospital, a solid example of how the architectural design has been mindful of the therapeutic benefits of nature and natural light.

Beside the Anne Caudle building, the external and structural renovation of the ‘old lying-in’ hospital is near completion, ready for its fit-out, which will see this glorious heritage building integrate into the whole project. Bendigo Health has removed the paint, restored brickwork, removed pressed cement cladding, replaced the roof and reinstated the original double-storey verandah.



New hospital offers retail opportunities

Bendigo Hospital Project consortium, Exemplar Health has appointed Colliers International to coordinate the new hospital’s retail outlet and conference centre leasing.

Colliers International executive, Travis Hurst will work with Exemplar Health chief executive, Michele Morrison, to coordinate and promote the tenancy opportunities both locally and nationally.

The $630 million Bendigo Hospital Project is a Victorian Government private public partnership (PPP) which is being delivered by Exemplar Health, a consortium comprising Lend Lease, Capella Capital, Siemens and Spotless.

“We are very pleased to be appointed as leasing agents on behalf of Exemplar Health,” Mr Hurst said.

He explained that the quality tenants selected will bring added community benefits to the Victorian Government’s extensive Bendigo Hospital Project, as part of a successful bid for the construction of the development by Exemplar Health.

“We are seeking interest from a range of tenants, as there are eight separate retail outlets available throughout the new hospital.

“These include experienced food vendors, café, gift shop, newsagent and convenience store operators. We are also seeking professional operators for the hospital’s 480-square-meter conference facility, another outstanding opportunity at this regional site,” he added.

The Bendigo Hospital Project is currently the largest regional hospital development in Victoria. It will deliver a world-class regional hospital that incorporates the latest design and technology solutions, in one of Victoria’s most environmentally sustainable settings.

According to Ms Morrison, Exemplar Health is committed to ensuring tenants deliver tangible benefits to consumers. She explained that the conscious connection between the health of patients, staff and community and the food served at the new hospital will be a priority in the selection process.

“We are particularly interested in seeing a range of nutritional food being offered from vendors operating within the hospital to further support Bendigo Health’s ‘Healthy Communities’ initiative,” she added.

The new hospital will have long term economic development benefit to the region, with staffing levels projected to grow to 4500 when fully operational. Facilities will include 372 inpatient beds, 72 same-day beds, 11 new operating theatres, a regional cancer centre, an 80-bed integrated mental health facility, a mother-and-baby unit, a helipad and multi-deck carpark

Exemplar Health is utilising the services of ICN Victoria to take initial ‘expressions of interest’. If you’re interested, create a company profile and register through the ICN Gateway at

For more information contact Travis Hurst on 0423 388 932, the EOI phase closes April 19.

Less than one year to go until new hospital opens its doors

The countdown is on until the new Bendigo hospital opens its doors, with Bendigo East MP, the Honourable Jacinta Allan announcing that by early next year Bendigo Health will be operating in the new hospital.

“Planning is underway for the commencement of services, which will happen across two days, in the last week of January 2017,” Ms Allan said.

Ms Allan made the announcement in front of what will be the future main entrance into the new hospital, adjacent to Mercy Street. She was joined by Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron and CEO, John Mulder to announce the timing.

“The outside of the building is now sealed up and work continues inside with the fit out,” Ms Allan said.

“Across two days, services in the old hospital will move into the new facility, so massive preparations are occurring at Bendigo Health.

“These include 16 Completion and Transition Groups, which are made up of representatives from Bendigo Health, Exemplar Health and the Department of Health and Human Services, to ensure a smooth and effective transition.”

The new facility includes 372 inpatient beds, 72 same day beds, 10 new operating theatres, cardiac diagnostic and intervention rooms, a regional cancer centre, an 80 bed integrated mental health facility and a parent and baby unit. Stage two, due for completion in 2018, will include a helipad and parking for 1,350 vehicles.

“This purpose built facility has been designed to provide a tranquil healing environment in line with current international best practice,” Mr Cameron said.

“It will be flooded with natural light, surrounded by accessible landscaped gardens and includes a number of landscaped internal courtyards for staff, patients and visitors to enjoy. The building also has the capacity for services to expand as required to meet the changing health needs of the Loddon Mallee region for decades to come.”

“The new hospital is a far cry from the white hospitals of old and when people walk through the doors in 12 months’ time they will see a vibrant and modern facility combined with intuitive way-finding for patients, visitors and staff.

“The main atrium will be home to a number of retail outlets providing staff, patients and visitors with access to cafes and shops.”

Bendigo Health CEO John Mulder said the year ahead will be an exciting one, as the transition process unfolds over the coming months.

“A lot of work is already being done behind the scenes to ensure our staff are prepared to move into this new world class facility,” he said.

“Models of Care, way-finding, Digital Medical Records and change management are among the key focusses for us this year and as we move closer to the move date, there will be additional training and education for all transitioning staff on the new systems within the new hospital.

“Then of course is the physical move, which is a huge logistical process, but a very exciting one.

“I want to thank our staffing group for the work they have put into the project so far and I look forward to seeing their reaction and excitement when they walk through the doors into the new hospital.”

With less than a year to go, the clock is ticking. Check out the countdown timer on the Bendigo Hospital Project website homepage. The countdown clock is counting the months, days, minutes and seconds until the hospital is operational.