Construction of stage 2 air link bridge commencing 23 November

Stage 2 of the Bendigo Hospital Project includes the construction of a 65 metre, 2 storey, air link bridge over Arnold Street. This will link the helipad and car park, which is currently under construction, with the new hospital building.

Construction of the bridge will require a full closure of Arnold Street between Barnard and Stewart Streets. The road will close from midnight November 23rd until December 16th to allow for construction of the bridge and installation of the facade. Traffic management will be in place.

The bridge has been constructed off site in six pieces to make installation as fast as possible but it is a delicate operation to put it in place and safety of the public is paramount. A safety zone will be in place around the construction site and this will mean no pedestrian or car access to the stretch of road affected during the closures.

Please see the attached map which outlines the impact to local roads and bus stops.

Lend Lease have worked with the City of Greater Bendigo Council and Vic Roads to develop a plan that keeps the disruption as short as possible.

At the completion of the works the road will reopen as normal.

This is a very exciting step in the project and it will be a welcome boost to our regional health services to have a working helipad connected to the hospital for patients who require airlifting.

Exemplar Health and Bendigo Health apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works and the resulting road closures and thank you for your patience. If you have any question or need to speak to someone about this please call 1300 624 246.


Minister visit for new hospital’s tick of approval

Monday, November 21: Construction of the $630 million world-class new Bendigo Hospital is finished one month ahead of schedule.
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan to celebrate the ‘technical completion’ of the new hospital that will open its doors to patients in late January.
After an extensive inspection, an independent reviewer issued a certificate last week giving the final construction works the tick of approval. Final testing can now be carried out to ensure the hospital meets specifications.
The early completion of the project means more than 3000 staff who will be transitioning into the new facility have access to the building a month early to complete training and induction, and orientation.
It also allows additional time to conduct more simulation exercises and readiness testing to ensure a smooth move day when patients will be transferred to the new hospital.
“We’re putting patients in Bendigo first, ensuring they can access the very best healthcare when they need it, close to home. This world-class new hospital will do just that,” she said.
Finishing touches now underway include installation of cutting edge medical equipment, landscaping and the delivery of new furniture such as trolleys, cabinets and chairs. There are now about 150 workers still onsite.
The massive new hospital – regional Victoria’s largest ever hospital project – was signed off by the former Labor Government in 2010, and will create an additional 220 jobs in its first 12 months.
When it opens next year, it will have capacity for 372 inpatient beds, 72 same-day beds, 11 operating theatres, an integrated cancer centre, a new 25-bed maternity unit and an 80-bed mental health unit.
In 2016/17, Bendigo Health will receive $275.25 million in funding from the Labor Government. This is $32.17 million – or 13.2 per cent – more than provided the previous financial year in order to expand services when the new Bendigo Hospital opens.

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.

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

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#

Construction update – August 2016

With the lights on at the Bendigo Hospital Project, it’s easy to imagine its future as a hospital designed to care for generations to come. This month, the busy construction site is home to around 380 workers, including many different trade suppliers, subcontractors and technicians.

The new hospital’s courtyards and terraces are the scene of much action, with the installation of raised garden beds, pergolas, seating, as well as the planting of large tree ferns, palms, native grasses and shrubs. These green initiatives will enhance the human experience at the new hospital, and its large windows not only provide natural light, but also views across the city and into leafy courtyards.
Drought Street precinct
On the Drought Street side of the hospital, footpaths that extend between Arnold to Hope Street are being formed and new access areas for emergency vehicles have been asphalted. Bicycle parking has also been installed, to allow for future alternative access to the new hospital for its staff and visitors.
Anne Caudle Centre campus
On-site works include restorations and extensions to buildings around the Anne Caudle Centre by Bendigo Health, including the addition of a new entry foyer for the Anne Caudle Centre building. Construction of a retaining wall and the installation of precast panels alongside the Anne Caudle Centre building are almost complete. Presently Bendigo Health’s contractor, Kane Construction, has 20 workers on site.
Amid the Anne Caudle Centre complex of buildings, demolition of the previous hospital kitchen has begun, and continuing works will see the demolition of the staff amenities building and a partial demolition of Perrin Plaza, the latter of which will be partway retained to provide a link between the existing east and north wing buildings. This demolition phase is essential to create open spaces planned for landscaping, including the establishment of the therapeutic gardens – which will feature walkways, outdoor furniture, specifically selected trees and shrubs and significant outdoor sculptural works.
Upcoming roadworks
Drivers can expect to see some roadwork activity along Arnold and Lucan Streets in the coming months, planned for mid-September and early November respectively. These works will upgrade some of the crucial traffic areas around the precinct, including modifications to traffic islands, turning lane additions and road-widening to improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians.
Stage One of the Bendigo Hospital Project is on track for completion by December this year, and the new hospital’s opening in late January 2017.