Hospital cranes rise to new heights

BIG BEN: Neve Nisbet and the crane she named Ben. Picture: PETER WEAVING

BIG BEN: Neve Nisbet and the crane she named Ben. Picture: PETER WEAVING

THE cranes at the new Bendigo Hospital site are on the move.

Crane Ben is being raised by 10 metres this weekend as part of the multi-million-dollar new Bendigo Hospital project.

Cranes Maxiumus and Cranium will also be "jumped" in the coming weeks.

Structure foreman told the Bendigo Advertiser during a recent interview crane Lucy would stay put.

"Lucy stays at a lower level because that's the psych area and that's only three floors high, so she stays where she is," he said.

"The other cranes all get raised up ... it's quite funny - all the cranes had lights on them, except crane two, and we actually had people asking when we were going to put a light on the other one.

"It was just by chance and through engineering that it didn't have a light but everyone noticed and was asking about it so people are certainly noticing the cranes."

Ben was the first crane to be erected at the hospital construction site.

Seven-year-old Neve Nisbet from Wedderburn was the first winner of the Name the Cranes Compeition, as part of the project, and came up with the name "Ben".

"I chose it because of Bendigo," Neve said. 

The competition was a joint initiative between Lend Lease, Exemplar Health and Bendigo Health. 

The Bendigo Advertiser also played a part in running the competition. 


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