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.