Pilings completed on new Drummond Street building
WORK on the redevelopment of the Ballarat Health Services (BHS) Base Hospital site has reached a significant milestone with the completion of piling works on the new Drummond Street building. Over the past 5 1/2 months, contractors H. Troon have drilled 96 piles. Piles were drilled up to seven metres deep. The process was made more difficult as drilling hit basalt rock. The piles will provide the support and foundations for the new three storey building and have the ability to support an additional three floors. Excavation and concreting for the basement is well advanced. The next stage of works will see further rock excavation to accommodate the installation of the new building’s lift shaft. “The major works are all done, that’s where you don’t see it – all the ground works and it will start to move now,” said H Troon’s Noel Leonard. BHS Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Rowe, welcomed progress on the project.
“The new Drummond Street building is an exciting project for the redevelopment of the Base Hospital campus. It will allow us to increase our capacity to meet the growing demand on healthcare services in our region.
“We appreciate that there will be some ongoing disruption to patients, visitors and staff during the remainder works and we apologize for any inconvenience that may be experienced,” Mr Rowe said.
The new Drummond Street Building will consist of three levels. The first level will allow for future expansion of theatre services, while the second level will incorporate a new ward.
Works on the building are expected to continue until late next year. More information on the redevelopment of the Base Hospital is available at www.bhs.org.au.