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April 2015

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Minister for Health Jill Hennessy with cranenamers Victoria Scicluna and Harvey Smith.

Beams all round at new Bendigo Hospital

The world-class new Bendigo Hospital reached a historic milestone when the final beam was lifted to the building’s highest peak.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined a special reunion of the four local children who won the Name the Cranes competition run by Bendigo Health and project partners Exemplar Health and Lend Lease.

Ms Hennessy and the children signed the last beam before it was placed forever in the roof of the $630 million new hospital.

The lifting of the final beam marked the completion of the external structure with the cranes – named Ben, Maximus, Cranium and Lucy – then dismantled.

The cranes were named by Patrick Schilling, 13, Neve Nisbet, 8, Harvey Smith, 8, and Victoria Scicluna, 10.

Victoria named her crane ‘Lucy’ in memory of her late twin sister.

The focus of construction works has since moved to the façade windows and internal fit out.

The project will deliver a state-of-the-art hospital with 372 inpatient beds, 72 same-day beds, an 80-bed psychiatric inpatient unit including a five-day mother-and-baby unit and 11 cutting-edge operating theatres.

It will also feature an integrated regional cancer centre, 500-space multi-deck car park, a conference facility, retail shops and cafes and the now-open childcare centre and Schaller Studio Hotel.

The Bendigo Hospital Project is being delivered by Exemplar Health which is a consortium made up of Capella Capital, Siemens, Lend Lease and Spotless.

When the last beam was placed, there were 400 workers on site, with more than 562,000 hours combined.