Box Hill Hospital redevelopment reaches a major milestone
1 June 2012
The new clinical services block, the cornerstone of the $447.5 million redevelopment of Box Hill Hospital, will soon start rising from the ground and is on track to be completed in 2015.
Just six months after work first commenced, extensive excavations have been completed and construction of the main structure is about to start.
As of May, a staggering 150,000 cubic metres of soil have been removed from the site – the equivalent of 63 Olympic-sized swimming pools – and 22 footings have been poured, and some in-ground services such as plumbing and electrical cables have been installed.
The new building will add more than 40,000 square metres over 11 floors and will be linked to the existing hospital via an atrium and several link bridges.
The project will deliver a state-of-the-art hospital with more than 600 beds and additional services to meet growing demand for people living in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
The project includes:
- an increase of more than 200 beds
- a larger and more efficient emergency department supported by 20 short stay beds
- a dedicated women’s health precinct linked to children’s services
- an integrated surgical department with eleven new operating theatres, and a surgical admissions area with 20 day surgical beds
- a new 18-bed intensive care unit with a direct lift connection from the emergency department
- specialist cardiology facilities including expanded diagnostics
- inpatient and day beds for cancer and renal patients
- two floors of public underground parking with about 200 car spaces, as well as bike storage and showers for staff.
The project is expected to generate around 1,300 construction jobs, of which 250 would be new jobs.
The Industry Capability Network is assisting the project team and the contractor to identify local suppliers and encourage local participation.
For more details, visit the Box Hill Hospital Redevelopment Project website.