Restoring heritage buildings to former glory

Although the new Bendigo Hospital cuts an imposing figure on the city’s skyline, heritage buildings that have stood the test of time are also benefiting from the Bendigo Hospital Project. Works to restore Bendigo Health’s heritage buildings continue and once complete, will become an important feature of the overall precinct.

“We know Bendigo has an incredibly rich architectural history and this is something we want to celebrate,” Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan said during a tour of the restoration site. “The works associated with heritage restoration include the Hope Street wall, the Anne Caudle Centre, the former Lying-in Hospital, West Wing, Concert Hall and the former Superintendent’s Building.

“Once the restoration and associated landscaping works are complete, these magnificent buildings will once again shine.”

Earlier this week, a new entrance to the majestic Anne Caudle Centre building opened, complete with three level lift and disabled access.

External works on the West Wing, Concert Hall and Old Lying-In Hospital are complete and internal refurbishment continues.

“These buildings will be repurposed for offices and internal staff training, so not only will they look fantastic, but they will be put to good use,” Bendigo Health board chair, Bob Cameron, said.

Heritage works and associated landscaping throughout this precinct will continue until around the second half of 2017.

Construction update, November 2016

Providing a world-class hospital that can deliver high quality healthcare services for patients in the Loddon Mallee region for years to come is becoming, more than ever, a reality, as the new Bendigo Hospital reaches its crucial completion stage.
Stage One of this hospital construction project is substantially complete, and it is expected that the new Bendigo Hospital will open to the public in late January, 2017, following the completion of clinical equipment installation, staff training and a patient move day.

Right now, landscaping, equipment and furniture arrivals, readiness testing and operational preparedness are all proceeding during this important, completion and validation phase. Signage is also being applied throughout the building as a part of the wayfinding designs, and from the outside, the Bendigo Health logo and other main signs are now installed.

On the work site, there are approximately 150 workers, divided into three major roles: technical installations and testing, civil works and landscaping and construction finalisation.

Healthcare staff
Relocation planning, training and induction have been a major focus for staff, as Bendigo Health employees prepare for the move into the new facility. Recently staff members have attended forums to prepare them for site access. They learned safety protocols and what to expect in this new state-of-the-art building as it transitions from a construction site, into a functional hospital. This will ensure staff members are engaged with new technologies and familiar with the layout and designs in the new facility. This training prepares staff for the ‘transition’ phase which begins this month too, an important step that helps staff function effectively in their new environment, by working through ‘real life’ scenarios in the hospital.

Furniture and Equipment
Deliveries continue to keep the project teams busy, as trolleys, cabinets, monitor stands, recliner chairs and many more items are received, being then quickly dispatched to their appropriate location. Testing and tagging of equipment is taking place, a strong signal that the project’s operational opening is moving closer.

Landscaping is progressing at a rapid rate, and dozens of advanced trees, freshly transplanted, now flank the new building. Courtyards throughout the new hospital, both internal and external are now completed.

Heritage buildings
In the historic precinct, which primarily fronts onto 100 Barnard Street, the works to the Anne Caudle Centre, Concert Hall, West Wing and other heritage buildings are in the process of completion, as part of Bendigo Health’s works plan. Approximately 12 workers are on site for these works, which has included installing a new entrance, including a lift and disability toilets, to the Anne Caudle Centre building and also refurbishing the West Wing, in preparation for repurposing into office workplaces for Bendigo Health staff.

Important roadworks
Roadworks around the Bendigo Hospital precinct have been in full swing this month, in both Arnold and Lucan Streets. All works were completed on November 15, and were carried out to upgrade kerbs, traffic islands and road surfaces. Full details of these roadworks are featured in October’s Construction Update.

Technical completion milestone achieved
The Bendigo Hospital Project has achieved early technical completion for Stage One this month, on November 14, 2016. More details about this important milestone will be included in early December’s Construction Update and an upcoming media release.

External construction progress can still be monitored on the webcam available at this Bendigo Hospital Project website home page.

Jobs boost as new Bendigo Hospital welcomes new retail tenant

Sixty new retail and hospitality jobs will be created at the new Bendigo Hospital when it opens, Bendigo East MP, Jacinta Allan, announced today. While inspecting the new Bendigo Hospital construction site today, Ms Allan congratulated retail and hospitality specialist, Zouki, the company that has been awarded the tender for the full array of retail services at the new Bendigo Hospital.
“This is very good news, because these 60 additional jobs are on top of the 220 full-time and part-time new healthcare roles, previously announced by the State Government, for the coming year.
“With 10 years of planning, design and building, we are now really seeing the ongoing jobs benefits,” she said.

According to project consortium Exemplar Health’s chief executive Michele Morrison, the Zouki group is a highly experienced company, and an ideal fit for the new Bendigo Hospital.
“The Zouki outlets within the new hospital will ensure that everyone who comes to the hospital, be it as a staff member, patient or visitor, will be able to access an outstanding array of healthy meals, snacks, gifts, flowers, convenience goods and services,” Ms Morrison said.
“The Zouki bid has fully accommodated our vision for the new hospital and this announcement will boost local employment, with the Zouki group forecasting to employ more than 190 local staff across both stages of the project,” she explained.

The successful bid by Zouki, which in Stage One of the project, includes five shops: quality food, convenience, floristry and gift store, ‘The Larder’; wholesome natural eatery, ‘The Green Shop Organic’; cart-style coffee-bar, ‘Coffeebox’, plus fresh food, juice and salad bar, ‘Healthy Fillings’. The fifth outlet is Zouki’s centrepiece brasserie-café which will be open from breakfast to dinner. A ‘name the café’ competition for this flagship new hospital outlet will be offered to Bendigo Health and Spotless staff, with the winner and winning café name to be announced later this year.
The Melbourne-based Zouki group has more than 60 outlets active across Australia, operating in many public and private hospital settings, including the Royal Women’s Hospital, Epworth Geelong and Box Hill Hospital in Victoria.

This retail announcement is in response to a stringent process carried out by Exemplar Health, which included an ‘expression of interest’ (EOI) stage that shortlisted 27 applicants. The EOI was followed by a three-month request-for-proposal (RFP) submission phase, and more recently, a shortlisting interview process with Exemplar Health and Bendigo Health.
Zouki executive director, Mr Faddy Zouky, expressed delight about being part of the Bendigo Hospital Project.
“On behalf of my brothers, I am thrilled to be involved in such a landmark project, and we look forward to adding value to the Bendigo community, its local commercial supply chains, the thriving Bendigo Health staff community and culture, while also making a positive philanthropic contribution to the Bendigo Health Foundation,” Mr Zouky said.
Bendigo Health chief executive, John Mulder said staff, patients, their families and everybody who spends time at the hospital would benefit from the decision. “Having high quality food and retail choices will enhance the quality of the hospital experience in this state-of-the-art facility, and of course the jobs boost is welcomed,” Mr Mulder said.
“Some of these positions will be offered to Bendigo Health staff members who are currently employed at various shops and cafes on the hospital campus, as Zouki will be prioritising these existing hospital personnel in the job application process, and many employment opportunities will be locally advertised in due course.”

Community Tours Day – fully booked for Saturday December 3

Registrations for the much anticipated new Bendigo Hospital Community Tours Day are now fully booked, and we take this opportunity to acknowledge our community’s strong support for this special event. This free tour of the new Bendigo Hospital is planned for Saturday December 3, and it’s a golden opportunity for you to enjoy a sneak peek of Victoria’s newest public hospital before it opens to the public in early 2017.

Tours are expected to take 25 minutes, so if you’re attending the event, don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes and you’ll need to arrive 10 minutes prior to your allocated tour time.
For parking, the Tom Flood Sports Centre parking precinct will be open, and can be accessed from Water Street, near its intersection with Barnard Street.
For more information on Community Tours Day, contact us via email on:

Construction update, October 2016

Construction on regional Victoria’s newest public hospital development is progressing to schedule, with the final stages of Stage One works underway. The project focus is the completion of the building’s internal fit-out, installation of equipment and, of course, relocation planning. Now, and in the coming months, there is also much activity around orientation and training programs for Bendigo Health staff, to ensure staff members are engaged with new technologies and familiar with the layout and designs in the new facility.
Landscaping works have significantly progressed, as advanced-growth gum trees start to line the boundary areas of the building, which is most notable along Drought and Arnold Streets. Also trees are now established along Mercy Street’s nature-strips, and its proposed street extension that will eventually be a thoroughfare to Arnold Street. Courtyards throughout the new building are also being finalised, with the last planting tasks occurring.
Equipment and furniture
In the coming weeks more clinical and non-clinical equipment and furniture will arrive onsite, and currently tasks such as the testing and tagging of medical equipment are taking place. Audio-visual equipment throughout the new facility is being switched on and configured, a strong signal that the project’s technical completion is moving closer.
Graphic features
Inside the building feature walls are being created, as art images showcasing bold, local landscape and aerial photographs are installed. These wall installations use images that correspond with the new hospital’s interior design colour palette – achieving a great finishing touch to each floor.
Construction site
In October we’re seeing approximately 220 workers on site. The main site access point for deliveries relating to the building works has changed, from Drought Street to Gate Two along Arnold Street. The demolition of buildings to make way for extensive landscaping is still in progress, including around the old ‘aids and appliances’ building, where works have started. Recent site demolition has included pulling down the old hospital kitchen and supply stores, Perrin Plaza and the staff amenities block. Works by Bendigo Health at the Anne Caudle Centre building are still progressing, which includes the installation of a lift for the new entrance area. This landmark building’s internal fit-out is also progressing well. For other historic buildings on the site, such as the old ‘lying-in’ hospital, the internal finishing stage is almost complete. Stage One of this hospital construction project is approximately 90 per cent complete, and it is expected that the new Bendigo Hospital will open to the public in late January, 2017, following the completion of clinical equipment installation, staff training and patient move day. Move planning is also a major task at this point in time, as staff teams from Bendigo Health plan the transition from old to new.
Roadworks in November
Upcoming roadworks to upgrade the present infrastructure related to the Bendigo Hospital Project and its precinct will occur in early to mid-November, however access to Bendigo Hospital on Lucan Street remains open. All part-lane closures and diversions will apply as per signage, and motorists are advised to adhere to the work zone speed limit of 40 km/h.
Times: 7am to 6pm, November 7 to 15, (excluding Sundays)
Location: Southwards from Stewart and Drought Streets
Reason: Reinstatement of kerb/traffic island
Times: 7am to 6pm, November 14 to 15
Location: Outside current Bendigo Hospital entrance
Reason: Road improvements, resurfacing and line-marking works
Please note: Westbound ‘Bendigo Base Hospital’ Bus Stop for routes 50/51 will be relocated, to the east side of the Bendigo Hospital entrance, opposite Schaller Studio Hotel

Spring 2016 – Newsletter

Published in the Bendigo Weekly on September 23, 2016– the special Bendigo Hospital Project Newsletter is a four-page special lift-out feature showcasing all the latest highlights. It’s a great source of information in the lead-up to the second part of the year, where we’ll see much of the Bendigo Hospital Project completed … before it opens in 2017.

Click here to view the Spring edition of the newsletter

Construction update – September, 2016

September 1, 2016: This month at the Bendigo Hospital Project, we are starting to see the final phase of the internal finishes, fit-out and furnishing stage. This advanced stage is very evident in the new hospital’s atrium-styled ‘main street’, where the activity is focused on fine-tuning the overall finishes, including the area of tiling, which is more than 90 per cent complete. Permanent fittings are now being installed such as the new hospital’s reception desk and feature glass panels and doors for the retail spaces, which are set to open when the new hospital opens in late January 2017. Furnishings for the new hospital’s meeting rooms have arrived on site, and much of the specialist clinical equipment is due through the doors this month.
On site we’re seeing an average of 330 workers on a daily basis; some of these workers are busy in areas such as the new hospital’s courtyards and the Drought Street forecourt, where the landscaping work is fully underway. The well-advanced landscaping work in the majority of courtyards is a solid indicator of the project’s headway, for instance – outdoor patio areas in the psychiatry area, on level two, are making terrific progress.In Mercy Street the footpath landscaping will take on a new look, with the planting of Spotted Gum trees along both sides of the thoroughfare. Mercy Street will be the hospital’s main gateway when it opens next year.
Bendigo Health’s old kitchen and supply buildings site have now been demolished and demolition works will soon start on Perrin Plaza and the old staff amenities building to pave the way for extensive landscaping works.
Quality testing and inspections continue throughout the facility, to ensure it adheres to the highest levels of engineering and technical excellence. These inspections take place with Bendigo Health staff to ensure the clinical aspects required for a fully-functioning, fit-for-purpose, contemporary hospital is achieved. Next month operational readiness testing will be a focus.
Highlights this month:
• The linear accelerator units are installed and operational readiness testing has begun
• The newly fitted patient-entertainment systems are being trialled and tested
• A total of 227 patient monitors have arrived, 203 are now installed, with 20 to follow early this month
• Larger equipment, such as beds, are being installed – 250 beds and stretchers have arrived
• The MRI machine arrives at the hospital for installation
• The CT scanner arrives for installation, plus other medical imaging equipment
• Three advanced forest trees are planted in the internal ‘main street’ atrium
• A feature series of glass panels in radiotherapy are fully fitted

External construction progress can still be monitored on the webcam available at the Bendigo Hospital Project website home page.

State announces massive jobs and cash boost

August, 24, 2016: Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today announced that the new Bendigo Hospital will create an additional 220 jobs in its first 12 months of operation.The announcement comes after the State Government committed an additional $32.17 million to Bendigo Health’s 2016-17 annual operating budget. “The new Bendigo Hospital is the biggest ever project for Bendigo and we are not only investing in the building itself, but also in Bendigo Health’s future operations within it,” Ms Allan said.

Bendigo Health board chairman Bob Cameron and Bendigo Health acting CEO Robyn Lindsay joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan MP to announce jobs and funding boost.

Bendigo Health board chairman Bob Cameron and Bendigo Health acting CEO Robyn Lindsay joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan MP (centre) to announce jobs and funding boost. Pictured here inspecting newly delivered equipment.

“This project has been ten years in the making since we promised to master plan our future hospital needs. We have always been confident that such a project would see an increase of around 1,000 jobs over the next decade, and today is the start of that journey.”

“This increase in funding from the Labor Government will allow Bendigo Health to increase its staff and services with 220 full and part time jobs, which is fantastic news for people in the Loddon Mallee region.”

Chairman of Bendigo Health, Bob Cameron, said of the 220 staff to be recruited, 80 per cent will be nursing, 10 per cent medical and 10 per cent allied health.

Acting CEO, Robyn Lindsay, said Bendigo Health would begin the recruiting process immediately.

“Naturally, moving into a bigger facility, we anticipate growth in demand for our services and the State Government’s commitment to this is wonderful news,” Ms Lindsay said. “This increase in funding means we can now forge ahead with the recruitment process of these staff.

Mr Cameron said the new Bendigo Hospital will open its doors at the end of January 2017.#ends#