VIDEO/PICTURES: Detailed designs for new hospital released

DETAILED internal and external designs for the multi-million dollar new Bendigo Hospital project have been released.

Health Minister David Davis released the images during a tour of the project site on Friday.

Mr Davis said prototype rooms had also been developed to give staff the opportunity to provide feedback about their future work areas.

"This is a great project and it's going at a huge pace," he said.

"It's one of these projects where the construction work proceeds but the design work is actually moving parallel with that to make sure that we get the outcomes that are needed.

"Staff will want to see the (design) images and I think the community will want to see the images as it goes forward ... I think people want to get more and more of a feel.

"They can obviously see the cranes and they can hear the construction but this adds a bit more flesh to it."

A timelapse video of construction at the new Bendigo Hospital site was also released.

Last Friday marked the first anniversary of the contract signing between the Victorian Government and Examplar Health.

"The Victorian Coalition Government is delivering on our $630 million commitment to build a bigger and better hospital in Bendigo," Mr Davis said.

"This new world-class hospital is one of the largest regional healthcare projects in Australia and will deliver the highest quality healthcare to the people of Bendigo and beyond for many years to come.

"I am proud to say the project is rapidly rising from the ground and is on budget and on track for completion in 2016."

Major achievements in the first year include: the excavation of more than 149,000 tonnes; and more than 15,000 square metres of concrete poured with all four cranes on site.

Work has also started on the radiation therapy bunkers for the integrated cancer centre and the new front entrance.

About 170 workers on site have worked a combined total of 100,000 hours to date.

INNOVATIVE: Minister for Health David Davis with the designs. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

INNOVATIVE: Minister for Health David Davis with the designs. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY


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