June 2014

Those viewing the construction of the hospital from Arnold St will have noted that the height of the structure has increased over the past few weeks as the formwork for the next level was erected.

The pouring of concrete for the third suspended slab, for what will be the Pathology Department on the second floor of the hospital, begins this week. The slab will then continue westwards in the same way as has occurred for lower levels over the past few months.

This process will be repeated with each floor until the east building structure is topped off in December. At that stage the height of the structure will be around its finished height of 36.5m, around the current height of the cabin on the crane named Ben. Over the past month the final of the 4 tower cranes, named Lucy, has been erected. In the next few weeks the height of 3 of the cranes will be increased in line with the building structure. For example Ben will rise another 12 meters so the cabin is around 45m high.

There are now around 200 workers onsite and this number will increase substantially over the next 6 months.

At the Hope St end of the site footings for the foundations of the smaller west building are underway and the intricate construction of the cancer bunkers is well under way. The 40cm thick steel plate has been installed and the footings have been poured.

Outside the construction of the main hospital works continue on the switch room near the Anne Caudle Centre and the new childcare center in Yarrington House. The construction of the small switch room is part of a project to bring power into the new hospital.

The roof on the childcare center has been completed and plastering has also commenced. The building is well on track to be the second fully completed one for the Bendigo Hospital Project later this year.

Progress can be monitored on the webcam available at the Bendigo Health website or through the viewing holes on Hope Street.