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ON SITE: Angus Booth at Yarrington House where the new childcare centre is being built. Picture: PETER WEAVING

ON SITE: Angus Booth at Yarrington House where the new childcare centre is being built. Picture: PETER WEAVING

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

ANGUS Booth is blending the old with the new through his work on the new Bendigo Hospital project's childcare centre.

The 28-year-old site engineer is ensuring the facility pays homage to Yarrington House's heritage but also offers a modern and safe space for children.

"The childcare centre at Yarrington House is on the current hospital site," Mr Booth said.

"When we took over possession of the house we demolished an old shed and green house and took the extension from the 1980s off the back of it.

"We've gone through and improved the inside of the house to make sure it's structurally sound and redone the whole area out the back.

"We're maintaining the original house, we've maintained the heritage windows, but there will now be five playrooms in there for the kids.

"We're working to hand the project over at the end of August or start of September."

Mr Booth moved from Melbourne to Bendigo to start work on the project in September last year. "Prior to this I was working for the multi-sites group within Lend Lease and they do bank roll-outs," he said.

"When the opportunity came here I sort of stuck my hand up and I was one of the first ones down here in my role and I'm loving it so far.

"I went for a tree change. What I like about Bendigo is it's big enough that it's not a country town but it's small enough that it's not Melbourne so you get the best of both worlds."

Mr Booth said it was great playing a part in the new Bendigo Hospital project and there was a positive feeling between everyone involved. "And I'm enjoying Bendigo," he said. "It's close enough to Melbourne so you can get there if you need but I find I'm spending more and more time here as we go along."

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

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