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DEMOLITION OF KURMALA BUILDING AT OLD BENDIGO HOSPITAL

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


The building where the life of so many Bendigo citizens began formally finished its life today with the commencement of demolition by Bendigo East MP, Jacinta Allan.

Ms Allan, who was herself born in the Kurmala building, began the demolition of the building which saw many babies born throughout its years of service.

The building will make way for the new multistorey car park, a helipad, retail outlets and a conference centre on the old hospital site.

“This was a day of mixed emotions for me,” said Ms Allan, “I was born in the Kurmala building, as were my parents and grandparents. There are a lot of happy memories in the old hospital site, but there are also sad ones”.

“It is important to acknowledge the part these buildings have played in the lives of so many”.

The demolition is expected to use 8 to 10 trucks per day doing approximately 12 loads per day for 25 days = approximately 3000 truck movements. A variety of excavators will be used including two x 32 tonne, one x 65 tonne long reach, one robotic 5 tonne for separation works plus small machines, such as bobcats for soft stripping prior to hard demolition.

The Stanistreet, Kurmala, and old allied health buildings, are being physically separated from the Hyatt and Philips buildings using a remote controlled demolition robot.

The bulk demolition is expected to be completed by mid-June and then the construction of the much needed multistorey car park and Airlink Bridge to the new hospital can commence.

Board Chair, Bob Cameron said stage 2 was very exciting for the community with the inclusion of a helipad bringing the health service closer to realising its vision for a world-class service.

The new car park will have 550 spaces in addition to the 245 spaces under the new hospital and other car parks kept by Bendigo Health – making a total of 1300 parking spaces.

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