With stage two now under construction, stage one of the new Bendigo Hospital has recently won an international award for excellence in design. Winning the Best of Asia Pacific Healthcare Design Award from the International Interior Design Association is a testament to Victoria’s quality hospital planning & infrastructure program.
The Bendigo Hospital – Stage One
Having first announced the project in 2011, the new Bendigo Hospital project was estimated to cost over $600 million and is the largest hospital in regional Victoria, including cancer, maternity and mental health units aimed at serving the northern parts of the state.
With a builder appointed by May 2013, the first construction steps took place in Jun 2014, with the hospital officially opening in January 2017 (meaning the hospital has just celebrated its first birthday).
Stage one of the project was delivered on time and on budget, providing the fundamental elements to make up the hospital, including close to 400 inpatient unit beds, an 80-bed integrated psychiatric inpatient unit, 11 operating theatres, a childcare and wellness centre and retail shops and various eateries as well.
Healthcare Design Award
The award is a landmark for Australian construction and design, making the Bendigo Hospital the only Australian building to be honoured by the International Interior Design Association. Recognising the building’s inspiring design and architectural understanding of both its present-day users but also of its historical heritage, the project was admired for including restorations of heritage building including the Hope Street wall, Concert Hall and Anne Caudle Centre.
The hospital was designed to provide tranquillity and positive healing in line with best practices and has catered to more than 10,000 patients in its first year. Featuring technological advancements including digital medical records, real-time equipment locations and bedside patient entertainment units, as well as a 770 solar panel array, the hospital is energy-efficient and future-ready.
With bigger wards, more private rooms and increased technological access for staff, the hospital allows for a streamlined healthcare approach through better design. With a multidisciplinary cancer centre and destigmatised mental health facility, both patient and staff wellbeing are at their best.
The Future – Stage Two
With the hospital now open, the State Government and Exemplar Health are looking to the completion of stage two by mid-2018. Aimed at delivering a two-level footbridge over Arnold Street, as well as a helipad, multi-level carpark, short-stay accommodation units and a conference facility, this step is a significant infrastructure upgrade. Recent artist’s impressions of the enhancements are spectacular, and highlight increased functionality to an already outstanding facility.
Hospital Planning & Infrastructure Projects for the Future
The Victorian government is determined to ensure that hospital planning & infrastructure isn’t left on the sidelines, with recent announcements of new projects aimed at continuing to deliver on public health promises. Working with quality designers, there are sure to be more awards earned by these stunning buildings well into the future.