Building a bigger and better Bendigo Hospital

Media Release from The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP, Premier, Minister for Regional Cities, Minister for Racing and The Hon David Davis MLC, Minister for Health, Minister for Ageing

The Exemplar consortium has been announced as the preferred bidder for the Bendigo Hospital Project, Premier Denis Napthine said today.

“This is a significant milestone for one of the largest regional healthcare projects in Australia,” Dr Napthine said.

“This project will deliver a world-class hospital with state of the art facilities for the community of Bendigo and north west Victoria.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is delivering on its pre-election promise to build a bigger and better hospital for the Bendigo region.

“Our $630 million commitment is unparalleled and will ensure the communities of Bendigo and the north west have access to top-notch health care and specialist services.

“This project will generate more than 770 jobs and deliver enormous flow-on benefits for the community,” Dr Napthine said.

“Construction will begin shortly with the project to be completed in 2016.”

The project will deliver:

  • a new hospital built on one site at Barnard Street;
  • 372 new beds and 10 new operating theatres;
  • an integrated cancer centre and mental health unit; and
  • a helipad to be built on top of a new multi-story car park on the Lucan Street site. A bridge link will connect the car park to the main hospital site,
  • making it easy for patients and visitors to get to the hospital and other amenities.

Minister for Health David Davis said the Victorian Coalition Government had met its election commitment and was set to deliver much more.

“The Coalition Government, through the Public Private Partnership and Best and Final Offer tender process, has driven a better deal, better value for money and additional amenities for the community of Bendigo and north west Victoria,” Mr Davis said.

Mr Davis said the new Bendigo Hospital Project will also deliver:

  • a childcare and wellness centre;
  • 128 serviced apartments and 15 apartments for short stay accommodation;
  • new kitchen, supply and linen handling facility within the new hospital;
  • 180 seat conference facility;
  • a large atrium as the entrance with retail, cafes and multiple internal courtyards;
  • enhanced landscaping across the entire hospital precinct;
  • refurbishment and re-use of some heritage buildings; and
  • the latest integrated technology nurse call system.

The lead parties within the Exemplar consortium are:

  • Capella as sponsor and financial adviser;
  • Lend Lease as the builder;
  • Bates Smart as the architects and Silver Thomas Hanley as the health planners; and
  • Spotless Services as the facilities/ maintenance manager.

Minister for Health David Davis said the Victorian Coalition Government had met its election commitment and was set to deliver much more.

“The Coalition Government, through the Public Private Partnership and Best and Final Offer tender process, has driven a better deal, better value for money and additional amenities for the community of Bendigo and north west Victoria,” Mr Davis said.