Engineering and sustainability experts Umow Lai has won the contract to provide advisory services to the Victorian Department of Health for building engineering services for the new Bendigo Hospital.

Destined to become the largest regional hospital project in Victoria, the $630 million Bendigo Hospital, is also believed to be one of the largest regional hospital projects in Australia. A key part of the vision for the new facility is that it will be a ‘tranquil hospital’ both organizationally and environmentally.

Due for completion in 2016, it 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.

As 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).

Tenders were opened on 1 September 2011 and further information about the project can be found on

Umow Lai has extensive experience in the health sector with projects that include the $16M Operating Theatre redevelopment at Knox Private Hospital; the $35 million Cabrini Hospital Brighton (Vic), the $35 million Knox Private Hospital 66 bed Inpatient Unit and car park project; the new $250 million Royal Women’s Hospital in Parkville; the $1.97 billion Sunshine Coast Hospital at Kawana, Qld. and the $1.76 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch, WA.

Umow Lai is a national, Australian-owned building services and sustainability consultancy. It employs over 170 staff in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and has associate offices in Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

The firm is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia, the Property Council of Australia and a Founding Member ceremony of the China Green Building Council, one of only 14 foreign founding member firms.