Keeping the wheel turning

Charlie is just one of the key players

The Bendigo Advertiser is continuing to publish a series of profiles on some of the people helping to build the new Bendigo Hospital.

CHARLIE McMullin describes himself as "a small cog in a pretty big machine".

The "big machine" he is referring to is the hundreds of people helping to make the new Bendigo Hospital project a reality.

Mr McMullin is Lend Lease's area manager for structure and facade and is directly responsible for a team of engineers.

"Pretty much all the concrete out there on the site is my responsibility," he said.

"I report to the construction manager and I've got a team of engineers who work for me who look after different parts of the structure that I oversee."

Pretty much all the concrete out there on the site is my responsibility. - Charlie McMullin

Mr McMullin has relocated to Bendigo from Melbourne for the project.

"I've been with Lend Lease for six years on Monday and it's the first time I've relocated for a project," he said.

"All my jobs have been in and around the city.

"But you need to follow the work and this is one of the biggest projects we've got going on nationally which is exciting."

Mr McMullin said hospital redevelopments came with their own specific set of challenges.

"The main one would be planning the components of everything that goes into a hospital," he said.

"We're thinking now about how you service an MRI machine in 10 years so we need to work out which bits of the facade need to be pulled off for that.

"The design is evolving as we're building so we need to make sure we're staying as far in front as possible.

"We work closely with design engineers to resolve construction challenges and design discrepancies."

Mr McMullin's resume boasts work on the ANZ headquarters in Melbourne's Docklands, the Myer head office and the heritage refurbishment of the former Channel Nine site in Richmond.

Keep an eye on the Bendigo Advertiser's Hospital HQ page at www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/hospitalhq/ for the next hospital profile. 

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