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.