WORK on Ballarat Health Services’ (BHS) new Drummond Street building is progressing well. Contractors H.Troon have completed installation of all wall slabs and have started installing windows on the three-storey project. Works on the roof structure is nearing completion, with the roof components expected to be fitted shortly. Installation of services (including plumbing and electrical) have commenced for ground level and level two, whilst construction of internal wall frames has also begun. BHS Executive Director – Corporate Services, Russell Hardy, said once the building is watertight, contractors will be able to undertake the internal fit out. “It’s very exciting to see how far the building has progressed,” Mr Hardy said.
“Once the windows are fitted and the roof is completed the building will then be sealed from the weather, contractors will be able to get started with the internal fit out which includes plastering of walls, installation of ceilings, electrical and services connections, flooring and installation of IT infrastructure.” The new building consists of three levels and includes a new front of house/reception area on the ground floor accessible both from Drummond Street and the Mair Street car park. The first level will allow for future expansion of theatre services, whilst the second level will incorporate a fully fitted 32 bed inpatient ward.
Demolition of the former Yuille House commenced in late 2014, with construction of the new building getting underway early last year.
The project is expected to be completed by November this year.
Correction: In last week’s paper we incorrectly stated that Dr Lachlan Dodds was a neurologist. He is actually a urologist.