Building on Art and Community

SLO_0325 The Bendigo Hospital Project has been busy with extra works of a different kind this month. That’s because project consortium Exemplar Health has encouraged the children at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre to don their painting smocks and enjoy the process of art-making.

It’s all been part of an Exemplar Health art auction event this week, which involved exhibiting the children’s artwork and including each work in a silent auction, with prizes awarded. The event raised $2000 – will all proceeds going to the Bendigo Health Foundation.

In preparation for the event, last month, the young ones at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre, located on the Bendigo Hospital Lucan Street site, visited the Bendigo Art Gallery and Arts Hotel, The Schaller Studio, for a good helping of creative inspiration. Taking a sneak peek and selecting the most outstanding artworks was a judging panel made up of Bendigo Art Gallery senior curator, Tansy Curtin; Coliban Water chief financial officer and Bendigo Health Foundation board member Peter Leersen; Exemplar Health chairman, Stephen McDonough and Victorian Government architect Jill Garner. Works were selected on the basis of ‘use of colour’, ‘choice of subject’ and ‘popular judges’ choice’, and were viewed by the panel at the childcare centre. FullSizeRender

According to Exemplar Health chief executive, Michele Morrison, the event, in its second year, highlights the success of the Bendigo Hospital Project and its strong links to community.

“This colourful event has brought together two thriving local businesses, Jenny’s Early Learning Centre and The Schaller Studio, both which have been established here as part of stage one of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

“We have also appreciated the valued expertise of Tansy Curtin, curator at the Bendigo Art Gallery and the generous support of Bendigo Bank, all part of an array of community contribution which culminated in a fabulous event, highlighting the Bendigo Health Foundation and its many important causes,” she said.

“Children need an open-minded attitude to nurture the process of creativity, they need to feel comfortable to explore, discover, and learn new things – and the Bendigo Art Gallery, Jenny’s Early Learning Centre and The Schaller Studio have provided just the right amount instruction and inspiration need to stir their creativity,” she added.

Bendigo Bank provided a complimentary gift to all the children who participated in the art show, and the three finalists Winners on the night (JELC youngsters: Dhanya Jani, Chris Xu and Ben McAuliffe) each received a $25 Bendigo Bank ‘Piggy Saver’ account voucher.
Jenny’s Early Learning Centre managing director, Darren Reid explained that research shows children who grow up believing they are creative, have a better chance of finding constructive outlets for creative energy in later years. He said that early childhood development is based around fostering a child’s confidence and sense of identity.

“A child’s creativity will not be just a memory; it will be a valuable, personal resource to use every day. The ability to imagine, to create and express develops self-esteem and their appreciation of cultural diversity within their community,” he said.

Mr Reid said that art is an important part of his childcare centre’s educational program.

“Jenny’s program and daily routine is based on our ‘play, explore, learn’ philosophy, which ensures that each child is challenged and engaged,” he said, “And art is very much part of that ethos.”

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









Look inside the new Bendigo Hospital

Internally each area of the new building will have a different colour palette reflective of each of the 10 Local Government Areas with the Loddon Mallee region, which Bendigo Health services. The designers used satellite pictures of each geographic area as inspiration for the colours.

View below the new Bendigo Hospital Regional Palette posters.

For any further enquires please contact the Bendigo Hospital Project office at

Mercy Street Closure, ongoing until May 2016

Due to works at the Bendigo Hospital Project there are currently changes to traffic flow, with the temporary closure of Mercy Street.

The reopening of traffic to Mercy Street, at the Barnard Street intersection, is now scheduled for early May. This is a later date than anticipated, due to unforeseen roadworks.

Traffic will continue to use the alternative route to services previously accessed via Mercy Street as indicated on the public access map provided. (see link below)

This detour route via Arnold Street includes a street entry and footpath for pedestrians, as well as a vehicle entry point for all traffic (including commercial deliveries) to access the Good Loaf café, current hospital kitchen, Monash School of Rural Health and the John Lindell Rehabilitation, Marjorie Phillips and hospice units. Delivery parking bays are available to allow for van and truck dispatches. To ensure the safety of pedestrians and road users, the speed limit is set to 5km/h along the alternative Mercy St route.

The closure of Mercy Street, which has been in place since February 15 this year, is allowing for the upgrade of essential service infrastructure and road surfaces. We do apologise for any inconvenience this road closure may cause, however these are important works – as once the full project is completed, Mercy Street will serve as the main access route to the new hospital’s public entrance.

We thank the public, Bendigo Health and its allied health partners for the cooperation shown during this construction phase.

Click here for the Public Access Map.

How to contact the project?

If you have any questions over the course of the project you the office via the following:
Phone: 1300 624 426

Construction update – November 2015

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.

Bendigo Cancer Centre Unveiled

Maree Edwards (West Bendigo MP), Robert Blum (Bendigo Health Medical Oncologist) and John Mulder (Bendigo Health CEO)Bendigo West MP, Maree Edwards, today unveiled the world-class cancer facilities currently under construction as part of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

The new cancer centre brings together radiotherapy, oncology and outpatient services within an integrated space, providing benefits for both patients and staff.

Joined by Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron and Director of Oncology, Dr Robert Blum, Ms Edwards said the centre would include 14 additional chemotherapy chairs, taking the total to 26, two additional radiotherapy bunkers and additional outpatient consulting rooms.

Ms Edwards said, “The entire building has been designed to service the community for decades to come and, with this in mind, has the capacity for future expansion as patient demand increases.”

Ms. Edwards said, “We are looking forward to the opening of this world-class facility in early 2017 and the improvements in patient care that it will bring to the entire Loddon Mallee” Bob Cameron (Bendigo Health Board Chair), Maree Edwards (West Bendigo MP) and John Mulder (Bendigo Health CEO)

Dr Blum said staff were looking forward to being co-located which would lead to increased multi-disciplinary collaboration.

“The co-location of services will enable clinicians to work closely together and to consult with one another about patient care when required which can be difficult at the moment due to our geographical distance,” Dr Blum said.

Bob Cameron said the facilities for patients and families were designed to reduce anxiety and create a welcoming environment.

“Patients often spend a lot of time at the hospital. So waiting spaces are designed with direct access to natural light and fresh air through the provision of two large accessible courtyards where patients and families can sit.

“The centre includes a lounge with kitchenette, and a patient education area with wireless access to the internet, for patients and their families and carers to access as they wish,” Mr Cameron said.

Construction work notice – May 2015

Notification of variation to normal working hours in May 2015

Dear Resident,

Over the coming period our two final tower cranes Ben and Maximus will be removed. This will see the third and fourth of the tower cranes removed from site.

Due to the nature of the work, their removal will require some construction activity outside of regular working hours.

Over Saturday May 30th and Sunday May 31st Tower Crane ‘Ben’ will be removed. A date for the remaining crane to be removed will most likely take place in late June. Notification will be provided closer to the time. This work will take place between 7.00am and 7.00pm on Saturday and from 7.00am until 5.00pm on Sunday.

Approval for the work in excess of our regular construction times has been granted by the State Government.

Click here for Bendigo Hospital Project Construction Works Notice.

Reminder about the regular construction times
Unless otherwise approved, construction activity on the site is restricted by our planning permits and will generally occur between 7.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Work is permitted to occur up till 7.00pm weekdays and until 5.00pm on Saturdays. The site will generally be closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Construction update – March 2015

The formwork used to build the structure of the new Bendigo Hospital has been fully removed and the construction of internal structure continues apace.

Since the start of the year the workforce has growth to just over 400 and it will continue to rise.

The structural steel on the roof of the west building, which will house cancer treatment, mental health and the kitchen, is almost complete. Internal walls have begun to be constructed on the ground floor and the courtyards have had their precast façade panels installed. The panels are the same as on the exterior of the building.

The new hospital’s loading dock is also in use now, allowing Lend Lease and their contractors to utilise it for the delivery of building products.

On the east building the first glass for the IPU has been installed on the south side. Below on the podium the glazing continues to be installed. When finished the total area of glazing will amount to 14,000 square meters, around 70 per cent of the MCG playing surface area or 78 per cent of the local QEO Oval.

Within the east building the installation of walls and services has commenced as high as the 5th floor and the lower levels are further progressed.

Across the building there are expected to be around 1,152 precast panels and around a third, 386, have now been installed.

Within the internal street (which matches the alignment of Mercy St) all structural steel has been installed.

As has been previously noted the Bendigo Hospital Project includes a range of other buildings across the site. One recently completed one that stands out due its innovative design and high quality craftsmanship is the new substation. Near the Anne Caudle building facing Barnard St the brickwork on the substation has been carefully laid to produce a warped exterior.

The remaining three tower cranes have been moving pre cast panels and structural steel. They are expected to be progressively demobilised over the next two months.

Information current as at 3 March 2015.

Construction update – February 2015

construction_update_feb_2015_v2The New Year has started strongly for the Bendigo Hospital Project construction team. The final stage of the structure, the steel frames on the roof, is well underway with around 60 per cent of the steel on the roof of the west building installed. The steel framing for the whole building should be complete by mid April.

More broadly, the change in the workforce, from structure workers to the finishing trades reflects the construction program this year. Throughout January around 60 new workers were inducted each week and by the end of the month around 300 were active on site.

Across the first three levels of the hospital a range of work is underway.

Prefabricated mechanical service modules are being installed. This innovation allows the complex services to be more safely assembled off site and then fitted to the building. Along with the mass of cables, medical gas pipes and electrical services these form the skeletal system of the hospital from an operational perspective.construction_update_feb_2015_v1

Right across the building service and wall locations are being methodically and precisely laid out. Following the set out work other trades install the walls, doors and services.

On level one the plasterboard is being fitted and the fire proofing walls are also being installed. Lifts 1 and 2 are now installed and with a small amount of commissioning work could be operable.  Installation works on Lifts 14 & 15 has commenced and works are due to commence in Lifts 3 & 4 by the end of January.

The volume of materials used in the construction of the project is considerable. For example, before the fit out work is undertaken the scaffolding and formwork must be stripped from each floor. This is resulting in around 5 semi-trailers of material being removed from the site every day. Within the foyer of the new building, otherwise known as the street, stairwells are being installed.

It is also significant to note that on the exterior of the building, on the south side of the east building, the first windows have been fitted. This specially constructed glazing was installed as a trial before a more substantive process starting in a few weeks.

Over the next months the cranes will be decommissioned as the main structural work is complete. The first to be removed will be Cranium at the end of January.

Information current as at 23 January 2015.