Second crane taking shape at hospital site

A SECOND crane is being erected at the new Bendigo Hospital project site.

The foundations for the tower crane were being completed on Friday with the crane set to be up and running this week.

Kennington resident Harvey Smith has named the crane Maximus.

“It’s a really strong name for a really strong crane," he said.

Harvey, 7,  is the second winner of the Bendigo Hospital Project’s Name the Cranes competition.

Maximus is an M380d, which is a slightly larger crane than the first crane – BEN.

Maximus is capable of lifting 5.3 tonnes and has a maximum reach of 53 metres.

Two more tower cranes will be erected on site over coming months and each will be named by a local child through the Name the Crane competition run by the Victorian Government, Bendigo Health, Exemplar Health and Lend Lease.

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

Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder, Bendigo Health chairman Dr Michael Langdon, Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum, site officials and the media toured the site recently for the first suspended concrete slab pour.

"So we've been in the ground, we've poured part of the slab for the basement which is mainly the car parking and now we're up out of the ground," Mr Mulder said.

The project site is abuzz with activity with about 120 workers on site.

Between 250 to 300 workers are expected on site by the end of the year with the project set to generate 770 jobs during the construction phase.

Mr Mulder said the new Bendigo Hospital project was progressing well.

"It's been fantastic," he said.

"We've had no hiccups at all.

"The Lend Lease team tell us they're slightly ahead of schedule.

"It couldn't be running smoother - they're a great team, a very experienced team in the building game.

"We're sitting back and enjoying the show.

"We're getting a great view from across the road, watching it come up out of the ground."

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