Construction update, May 2016

Providing a positive patient experience is very much part of the vision at the Bendigo Hospital Project. That’s why the internal fit-out and installation of equipment and technological infrastructure at the building site is such an important stage. This month, with much of the façade complete, workers are continuing to attend to the finishing touches, revealing many finer details of the design.

Aspects include facets of the interior design, created to look and feel more like a vibrant community hub rather than promote an institutional atmosphere, reminiscent of bygone eras. The internal colour scheme is one aspect of this vibrant design, and this month the cancer centre, emergency department and recovery area are all starting to showcase colourful finishes. It’s seen in the selection of Laminex, vinyl, tile, carpet and paint surfaces for instance, a colour combination sourced from observing the landscapes across 10 shires in the Loddon Mallee Region.
Here’s more of what’s happening at the Project:

  • Inside this striking building, 11 operating theatres are substantially completed, with fittings, fixtures and equipment appearing across this extensive and highly specialised department. Monitors are now being fitted, essential for healthcare professionals to supervise a patient’s stability, wellbeing and recovery. The fit-out includes specialised surgical lighting, medical gas and power points plus ceiling-mounted ‘pendants’. The medical imaging rooms are also in final fit-out stage, with MRI, CT scan and ultrasound machines being installed.
  • In the newly constructed kitchen, Lendlease has started testing the equipment and functioning systems, and its team is monitoring kitchen temperatures to ensure this new catering area maintains a strict food safety standard. All this activity is a precursor to Lendlease formally ‘handing’ the kitchen across to facility managers, Spotless, and its subsequent operational opening on Thursday July 5.
    The internal, light-filled ‘main street’ atrium is now free from much of its scaffolding, and with vital structural work completed in this area, the stunning centrepiece of this building design is truly emerging, showcasing its impressive timber-panelled ceiling.
  • On Monday May 9, Mercy Street is set to be reopened, providing newly designed parallel parking bays; improved, aggregate footpaths and upgraded concrete kerb, edging and channelling. The temporary detour via Arnold Street provided during the closure will no longer be in use, as traffic conditions revert to normal. Following this resumption of traffic, two stages of work, to increase carparks will commence. These works will result in the John Lindell rehabilitation unit (JLRU) carpark being closed from May 11 to mid-June. When these JLRU works are completed, upgrades to the Marjorie Phillips and hospice unit carparks will occur in July. These works will result in increased visitor parking to serve both facilities.
  • Out on the bustling campus, external works continue with Kane Constructions, on site for Bendigo Health. The bustle is around the Anne Caudle building, as workers prepare for the construction of a new entrance, which will feature disability access and toilets. Restoration work has also begun inside the heritage west wing and concert hall buildings, as these campus landmarks will be re-purposed for new office space.

Mercy Street reopened

Important message: Traffic and pedestrian access to Mercy Street has reopened, as of Monday May 9, 2016. The improved resurfaced street features newly designed parallel parking bays, aggregate footpaths, improved concrete kerbs, edging and channelling.

Vehicles and pedestrians can now access Mercy Street via Barnard Street, resuming normal access to destinations such as the current hospital kitchen; Monash School of Rural Health; La Trobe Rural Health School and the Good Loaf café plus Bendigo Health’s John Lindell Rehabilitation, Marjorie Phillips and hospice units.

The temporary detour via Arnold Street provided during the closure will no longer be in use, as traffic conditions have resumed to normal. Mercy Street will form the new hospital’s public entrance and we thank you for your cooperation during this part of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

Click here for public access map.

Construction update, April 2016

SLO_0336Work continues to move at a healthy pace at the Bendigo Hospital Project, putting the development on track for a late-January 2017 opening of services at the new hospital.

Quality is at the forefront of all work at the Bendigo Hospital Project, and that’s why it’s vital that ‘quality and sign-off’ inspections continue to assess and test the functionality of the hospital. These site-walks involve key representatives from Exemplar Health, Lendlease, Spotless, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Bendigo Health’s managers and clinical staff – all closely observing the many aspects of the building’s healthcare layout and features. In addition, an independent reviewer is an integral part of the completion process, also undertaking regular inspections at this important stage.

Currently we have an estimated 500 workers on site, and this month we’ve seen a solid focus on completion and the internal fit-out work is really taking shape. These works include the final stages of joinery and fixtures installation, so the myriad of pipes, leads, cabling and trays required for services such as ‘nurse call’, power, lights, data and communications are gradually disappearing from view as the fit-out progresses.

Also nearing completion are areas such as the emergency department, the cancer centre and the intensive care unit plus medical imaging, pathology and outpatient areas. The kitchen, materials supply and loading dock areas are also the scene of much attention, as final cleaning tasks signal the completion of this part of the hospital.

The soft landscaping of the building’s courtyard areas has started with workers laying artificial turf, and installing the irrigation for the future maintenance of plants.

The scaffolding is still in the process of removal within the ‘main street’ part of the new building, which will serve as the new internal entrance fronting onto Mercy Street, and the future location of cafes.

Site hoardings have been removed from the Drought Street frontage, which now allows for work on the new emergency department drop-off area, including stormwater drainage connections and roadworks. With the hoardings removed and temporary fencing installed, the hospital has taken on a new perspective, as the building strikingly emerges from its cloak of construction.

The Bendigo Hospital Project also encompasses historic buildings on campus that have a special place in Bendigo Health’s history. One significant landmark on the site is the Anne Caudle Centre. Bendigo Health’s building and infrastructure team has appointed Kane Constructions to conduct exterior works to this building in the weeks to come, demolishing a non-original extension on the west side of the building. This timeworn uncharacteristic addition will be removed to make way for the construction of an atrium-style stairwell and lift to provide compliant and contemporary disability access, and toilets to meet the needs of people with disabilities. This modernises the Anne Caudle building, while keeping all original features intact. The work starts in early May, and once completed will greatly assist all visitors to the Anne Caudle building, providing easy access to each floor.

Hoardings have been erected on a small section of the Hope Street footpath, to allow for works by Kane Constructions to be carried out on the brick wall. These works will widen an existing entrance, and a temporary crossover and gates will be installed for trucks to access the western side of the site. This vehicle access is a temporary measure, and once works are finished, the entrance will resume its permanent use as a pedestrian-only route.

In early May, Mercy Street will reopen, providing new parallel parking and pedestrian access. The temporary detour via Arnold Street, in place since February, will be closed, once traffic starts to access Mercy Street. Preparations have begun nearby, with plans for temporary parking and pedestrian diversions near the John Lindell Rehabilitation and Marjorie Phillips units in the coming months. This work includes the reconfiguration of the carpark design to allow for an increase in visitor parking bays near the units. Further updates will bring you more details about the ongoing works at the Bendigo Hospital Project.



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.



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.

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.

Construction update – November 2014

The structure of the new Bendigo Hospital will be finished before Christmas.nov_construction_update_image_1

The slab for the seventh floor of the hospital is being poured and the lower floors are being transformed by the installation of walls and services.

Over 61,800 square meters of concrete have been poured so far and there is just over 10 per cent left to go in the overall structure. The west building is almost complete and around one and a half floors remain on the east building.

With scaffolding being removed from the internal street the foyer area of the new hospital with its angular internal flyovers between upper floors is now obvious. In Mercy St you can see through to Drought St.

On the exterior the installation of the 1,200 precast façade panels is well underway with 219 already in place. Unlike a lot of the work now underway inside the hospital this is clearly visible to passersby.nov_construction_update_image_2

Within the structure the scaffolding has been stripped to up to level 2.

On the ground floor the internal corridors and rooms in the future emergency department are increasingly evident. The recessed areas for baths and showers have been revealed and frames for stud walls are being installed. The first plasterboard has also been installed. Along the roof the myriad of pipes and trays required for services such as IT and oxygen are being fitted.

From Mercy St the specially constructed steel columns that support the level three slab has been installed.

The childcare centre in Yarrington House has been completed and is now operating. This is the second completed building of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

Information current as at 12 November 2014.