PCL’s first Australian project, the $1.1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) in Melbourne’s medical precinct, is complete. PCL is part of the hospital’s joint-venture design-build team with Melbourne-based Grocon Construction (GPCL). GPCL belongs to the Plenary Health consortium, which is contracted to design, build, finance, and maintain the facility for 25 years under a public-private partnership (P3) with the Victorian Government.
The state-of-the-art cancer centre includes 96 overnight inpatient beds, 110 same-day beds, a dedicated clinical trials unit, accommodation for families of country patients, more than 20,000 square meters of dedicated research space for up to 1,200 researchers, eight operating theatres, two procedure rooms, eight radiation therapy bunkers, and education and training facilities.
The two main areas of construction are a new 13-storey building, six of those levels below grade, and four new floors on top of the existing Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). The new VCCC building and the RMH extension are linked by covered bridges, allowing cancer patients, visitors, and staff to move easily between the two buildings.
GPCL worked tirelessly to innovate countless features that allow the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre to become Australia’s leading facility for patient care and cancer research. Nonclinical features include the future provision for tri-generation of energy on-site, thermal storage of chilled water to reduce peak energy demand by at least 1.7 megawatts, solar-assisted domestic hot-water production, fresh air where possible to all clinical and research spaces, and high availability of natural daylight to most indoor spaces. GPCL also implemented innovative construction methodology in the construction of bunkers, modular service risers and modular plant rooms, and many more constituent items, resulting in better outcomes on safety, quality, and schedule.