Project Description

Location: Bendigo, Victoria
Client: Department of Health (Victoria)
Architect: Woodhead
Value: $630million

The New Bendigo Hospital will be the largest regional hospital developments in Victoria’s history and one of the largest hospital projects across Australia. It will provide the flexibility to adapt and expand to meet future demands and ensure a sustainable health service into the future.

Umow Lai has extensive experience in the health sector and will be providing a complete range of services, including sustainable design.

The Victorian Government has committed an additional $102 million for the expansion of the new Bendigo Hospital, making a total investment of $630 million.

A key part of the vision for the new Bendigo Hospital is that it will be a ‘tranquil hospital’ both organizationally and environmentally.

Due for completion in 2016, the new facility will incorporate regional cancer treatment, emergency, ICU, theatres, a mother-baby service and 372 acute inpatient beds, on a revitalized Anne Caudle Centre site to provide acute health services, ultimately replacing the present Lucan Street buildings.

Mercy Street will be closed as part of the consolidation of the site to enable the expansion of the campus that will also incorporate educational facilities to enable staff training and retention. Additional car parking will be provided.

The new building will include a range of elements to promote low energy use, such as absorption chillers to provide most of the cooling in the new facilities, as a means to ‘future proof’ the hospital by being able to adapt to changing fuel sources.

Elizabeth Coe, a Umow Lai Director, who will lead their team, says: “We are well placed to deliver this fast-track project to provide acute care in a “tranquil hospital,” because it is underpinned by our recent PPP advisory experience for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the New Royal Adelaide Hospital projects.”

Umow Lai’s team includes Hyder Consulting (Structural, Civil and Façade Engineering) and Acoustics Consulting Australia (Acoustics).

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