Winter 2016 – Newsletter

Published in the Bendigo Weekly on June 17, 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 for the Bendigo Hospital Project Winter 2016 Newsletter.

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 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.

Lucy in the Sky

Congratulations Victoria Scicluna

Congratulations Victoria Scicluna

Congratulations Victoria Scicluna

Yesterday the Minister for Health David Davis visited the Bendigo Hospital Project construction site to congratulate the child who won the competition to name the fourth crane, ‘Lucy’.

This was an extra special day for Bendigo Health because the winning child, Victoria Scicluna, is the daughter of two of our staff.

Victoria entered the competition with the name ‘Lucy in the Sky’ to pay tribute to her twin sister, who was sadly still born in June 2004.

This was a special day for the whole family including Victoria’s mother, Anita Scicluna, Manager of Health Information Services and father, David Scicluna, Nurse from District Nurse Services to remember their daughter Lucy.

The family were joined by the twin girls midwife Sally Collier-Clarke, who is also a member of staff here. Sally has become a close friend of the family since she cared for Anita during the birth and both Anita and David were thrilled she could join them for this special event. There was an extra surprise for Sally who was able to see the future location of the Women’s and Children’s unit whilst they toured the construction site.

Lucy is the final crane to arrive at the Bendigo Hospital Project site and will help build the new hospital alongside the first three cranes Ben, Maximus and Cranium.

Neve names first crane

One of the Loddon Mallee’s smaller residents is behind the name of one of Bendigo’s tallest structures.

Wedderburn’s Neve Nisbet is the first winner of the Bendigo Hospital Project’s Name the Cranes competition, held in December.

The seven-year-old came up with the name Ben for the 55m tower crane, which was erected on the weekend and is now in operation on the Bendigo Hospital Project site.

Neve chose the name Ben in honour of the former Bendigo Base Hospital.

Neve, along with her mother, Michelle, and sister, Kelsea, visited the site today to meet the crane driver and Neve was presented with some special items to remember the occasion.

“I’m very excited to meet the crane driver and see the name I chose on the big crane,” Neve said. “I can’t wait to go back to school and tell everyone.”

Northern Victoria member Amanda Millar MLC attended on behalf of the Minister for Health and presented Neve with a certificate of appreciation.

“Congratulations to Neve, who came up with a name that is so clever and so simple,” Ms Millar said.

“The competition is a great way to link the community with the project and we have had strong participation.”

Exemplar Health CEO Michele Morrison said the community connection was critical to the successful delivery of the project.

“Successful delivery of the project relies not only on fulfilling the contractual obligations but also by working with the local community,” she said. “ Initiatives such as the crane naming are a part of that.”

Three more tower cranes will be erected on site over coming months and each will be named by a local child through the Name the Crane competition run by the Victorian Government, Bendigo Health, Exemplar Health and Lend Lease.

The Bendigo Hospital Project is being delivered by Exemplar Health which is a consortium made up of Capella Capital, Siemens, Lend Lease and Spotless.

Foundations poured for Bendigo Hospital Project

The Hon David Davis MLC
Minister for Health
Minister for Ageing

  • Highest quality healthcare for Bendigo and the region
  • New hospital is on budget and on track for completion in 2016
  • Part of $4.5 billion investment in health infrastructure

Construction is progressing rapidly on the $630 million Bendigo Hospital Project with its concrete foundations being poured today.

In a major milestone for the project, Minister for Health David Davis today joined workers to pour footings for the first concrete slab of the new state of-the-art hospital.

“These concrete footings are the foundations upon which the new hospital will rest,” Mr Davis said.

“Once complete, there will be 33,000 cubic metres of concrete within the hospital’s slabs, columns and footings. That is more than 13 Olympic size swimming pools.

“I’m proud to see construction of the new hospital is moving quickly and is on budget and on track to be completed in late 2016.”

Mr Davis said site preparation works are almost complete, including demolition, clearing and soil testing, ahead of major construction works.

“Excavation of the site between the Mercy and Arnold Street side has reached the base and more than 45,000 tonnes of soil has been removed over the entire area,” Mr Davis said.

“Preparation works on the building that will contain the childcare centre are underway and the culverts for a new storm water drain are being put in place.

“Meanwhile, detailed design work on the hospital’s layout and specifications by Exemplar Health, the Department of Health and Bendigo Health staff is still progressing, ensuring that this hospital will be at the cutting edge of modern healthcare.”

Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said the Victorian Coalition Government is delivering on its $630 million commitment to build a bigger and better hospital in Bendigo.

“This new world-class hospital is one of the largest regional healthcare projects in Australia and will deliver the highest quality healthcare to the people of Bendigo and the Loddon-Mallee region into the future,” Ms Lovell said.

“The new hospital will have 372 beds and 10 operating theatres, an integrated cancer centre and mental health unit and a helipad building on top of a new multi-storey car park.

“It will also provide 75 mental health beds, including a 35-bed adult psychiatric unit, a 20-bed aged psychiatric unit, a 20-bed secure extended care unit and five-bed mother and baby unit.”

Member for Northern Victoria Amanda Millar said the project would generate more than 770 construction industry and supply-chain jobs.

“At least 300 hundred of those jobs will be maintained for a minimum of three years during the peak construction period,” Ms Millar said.

Mr Davis said the Coalition Government was ensuring Victorian hospitals had the key infrastructure in place to deliver high quality healthcare into the 21st century.

“The Bendigo Hospital Project is among $4.5 billion of infrastructure investment underway at Victorian health services,” Mr Davis said.

Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum said the Bendigo Hospital project was a great boost for Bendigo and a reflection of the significance of regional Victoria.

“In rural Victoria we are also funding hospital redevelopments in Mildura, Swan Hill, Echuca, Kerang, Charlton, Numurkah, Ballarat, Geelong, Castlemaine and Kilmore,” Mr Drum said.

The Bendigo Hospital Project is being delivered by Exemplar Health which is a consortium made up of Capella Capital, Siemens, Lend Lease and Spotless.

Construction update – enabling works completed

Enabling works

$55m of projects were completed to prepare for the contruction of the new hospital. They were as follows:

Ambulance Relocation

This project involved the relocation of Ambulance Victoria services from Arnold Street, to strategic locations in the Bendigo area.

The relocation of the Ambulance service allowed site clearance to occur in preparation for the New Bendigo Hospital.

Ambulance stations are now located at:-

  • An ambulance station in Epsom at 199 Midland Highway
  • An ambulance station in Eaglehawk on 2/2A Market Street
  • A new regional office and workshops in 107-125 Holdsworth Road, North Bendgo
  • An ambulance station in Strathdale at 131 Edwards Road
  • An ambulance station in Central Bendigo in Uley Street.

Mercy Street Closure

Mercy Street was closed to through traffic on Friday, June 17.

We continue to work with consultants on the finer details, which include the expansion of car parking, signage and the possible removal, relocation and diversion of services such as electrical, gas, sewer and storm water.

Access to John Lindell Rehabilitation Unit has not been impacted other than all vehicles have to enter Mercy Street via Barnard Street.

Mercy Street now falls in line with Bendigo Health’s smoke free policy and smoking is no longer permitted in this area.

Site clearance

Site clearance has been finalised for the Bendigo Hospital Project and included:-

  • The demolition of five houses in Mercy Street
  • The demolition of the former HART building on the Anne Caudle Centre campus
  • The demolition of the former Ambulance Victoria services building
  • The demolition of the former laundry and boiler house
  • The demolition of extension to significant historical buildings.

Temporary Energy Plants

Temporary energy plants have been erected on both the Lucan and Barnard street sites.

A temporary energy centre has been built on the Barnard Street site near the front gate.

For the first time in 60 years all buildings on this site are now being fed from the front including the main electrical switchboard, generator enclosure, generator fuel tank and boiler house.

The energy centre on the Lucan Street site is located near the workshops.

Geotechnical and geochemical investigation works

Geotechnical and geochemical investigation works (or soil testing) has been performed at Bendigo Health.

These works include boring, sampling and testing the ground conditions to a depth of around four metres to establish characteristics likely to influence the construction of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

When building any building, it is standard practice to test the ground to see how stable it is and use that information to design the foundations.

Demolition of the HART building

The HART building at the front of the Anne Caudle Centre campus has been demolished to make way for a temporary energy centre as part of the enabling works for the New Bendigo Hospital.

The HART building was built in 1958 as was originally used as nurses’ quarters. More recently the building has housed Bendigo Health’s Home Assessment and Rehabilitation Team.

We’ve been planning for a new hospital in Bendigo since 2006, it’s very exciting to see major works commencing on the Anne Caudle Centre campus.

Move to Havlin Street East Complex

A major step towards the New Bendigo Hospital has taken place with approximately 200 community staff from the Anne Caudle Centre campus moving to their new home in Havlin Street East.

Bendigo Health recently acquired the land and buildings in Havlin Street East which was formally the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Our community staff play a vital role in the support of the health and wellbeing of the community. The opportunity to move these services onto this site and be co-located with other complimentary services is one that was too good to miss.

Bendigo Health Buildings and Infrastructure team had much to do to prepare the new site for staff to move in.

The site had been neglected after the previous occupants moved on. Bendigo Health staff, together with many local contractors and have done an amazing job breathing new life into these buildings.

The interior has received a facelift, together with a large amount of ground works to clear the exterior of debris and rubbish

Demolition of former fleet offices (staff flats)

Asbestos removal was completed on the old fleet offices at the rear of the Anne Caudle Centre (Drought Street) in preparation for the demolition of these buildings.

A hygienist was onsite to conduct air sampling during the removal process and ensure the appropriate exclusion zones are in place.

Bendigo Health has long been recognised as leaders in environmental sustainability and the demolition of the old staff flats was another way the organisation promoted the better use of our natural resources through recycling building materials.

Building an energy efficient hospital should start at enabling works and we are encouraging our contractors, where practical to recycle as much as possible.

There is so much that can be re-used from these buildings including doors, windows, roofing tiles and bricks.

Around 20 tonnes was diverted from landfill through this project alone.

Projects like this demonstrate Bendigo Health and the Bendigo Hospital Project team’s ongoing commitment to the environment and provides us with an opportunity to look at how we can build our new hospital in a sustainable manner.

Bendigo Hospital building works full steam ahead

Media release from The Honourable Dr Denis Napthine, Premier Premier of Victoria Denis Napthine today joined Minister for Health David Davis and Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge at the Bendigo community cabinet for a special celebration to mark the construction of Bendigo’s new $630 million hospital.

Dr Napthine said today’s celebration was a major milestone for the most important project in Bendigo since the Gold Rush. “The Victorian Coalition Government is delivering on our $630 million commitment to build a bigger and better hospital in Bendigo,” Dr Napthine said. “This is one of the largest regional healthcare projects in Australia and will deliver an outstanding facility providing the highest quality healthcare for people in Bendigo and Northern and Central Victoria.”

On 31 May, the Coalition Government gave the green light for the Exemplar Health consortium to build the new hospital. Dr Napthine said the project was progressing quickly with works to prepare the site starting immediately after contracts were signed with the Exemplar Health consortium. “We are on time and on budget for project completion by late 2016,” Dr Napthine said. “More than 180 people ranging from clinicians and health staff to design consultants are working hard behind the scenes to ensure the design of the facility meets world class standards. “For several weeks now, more than 100 Bendigo Health staff have been involved in design development. “More than 80 design consultant professionals have been developing the new hospital’s layouts and specifications. “This attention to detail to each of the hospital’s 2,938 rooms will ensure that a building of this scale and complexity comes together seamlessly. “In total, the project is expected to peak with up to 800 construction industry workers on site , as well as extensive supply chain support, including local companies.” Mr Davis said the new hospital will make Bendigo Health the leading regional integrated health service in Australia, attracting the best medical experts to work in Bendigo. “People in Bendigo will have access to the best available health services without having to travel to Melbourne,” Mr Davis said. “The new hospital will have 372 beds and 10 operating theatres, an integrated cancer centre, a mother and baby unit, a mental health unit and a helipad built on top of a new multi-storey car park,” Mr Davis said. Ms Wooldridge said the new hospital would also deliver better mental health services for the Bendigo region. “This hospital will also include 80 mental health beds, including a 35-bed adult psychiatric unit, a 20-bed aged psychiatric unit, a 20-bed secure extended care unit and a five-bed mother and baby unit.”

Historic pillars temporarily removed for safe keeping

The historic pillars at the Lucan Street entrance of the Bendigo Hospital will be carefully and temporarily removed on Saturday to allow construction access.

Executive director Bendigo Hospital Project David Walker said the temporary removal of the iconic pillars is necessary to widen the front entrance for construction access.

“We have contracted a qualified stonemason to remove the pillars and they will be placed in storage until construction works are completed at the front of this site, Mr Walker said.

“The pillars are an important part of Bendigo Health’s history and we expect they will be returned to their home at the Lucan Street entrance towards the end of 2014.

“Every effort is being made to protect heritage across Bendigo Health and we are working closely with Heritage Victoria on a number of projects to link our history with our new hospital,” Mr Walker added.

The Lucan Street entrance to the hospital will be temporarily closed while the stonemason removed the pillars on Saturday. Access to the hospital during this time will be via Arnold Street.