In November 2012, the State government announced full funding for the redevelopment of the iconic Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in East Melbourne.
On 4 October 2013, Hansen Yuncken was announced as the project's construction manager.
The redevelopment project includes a mix of new build and refurbishment of existing facilities, including partial demolition of buildings between the two central tower blocks and construction of new connecting link bridges, providing five fully integrated and future proofed floors. The hospital will occupy the lower levels and the upper levels will be used for training, teaching and research. The hospital is closely affiliated with, and accommodates, the University of Melbourne Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and the Biological Research Centre.
In particular, the completed project will deliver new and refurbished:
- operating rooms and recovery spaces, all co-located on one floor
- same-day beds/chairs
- overnight stay inpatient beds
- multi-functional and flexible outpatient consulting rooms
- central suite supply department (CSSD)
- improved pharmacy
- electronic medical records
- general support areas
- significantly improved teaching, training and research facilities, consolidated at the upper levels of the building
- significant future expansion space, and
- a full upgrade of the hospital's engineering infrastructure and central plant.
The project is being delivered as a staged redevelopment, including a significant enabling works stage that began in November 2013 to free up parts of the existing buildings for subsequent upgrade (main works, beginning September 2015.)
The project will be completed in December 2017.
Further information on the progress of the redevelopment project is available on The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital website < http://www.eyeandear.org.au/ > or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.