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.