The new Bendigo Hospital is the largest regional hospital development in Victoria, Australia’s history. It provides the flexibility to adapt and expand to meet future demands and ensures a sustainable health service for the future. Integral Group was appointed as the technical advisors to the Victorian Health Building Authority based on previous Public Private Partnership (PPP) experience with the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The new building includes a range of elements to promote low energy use, such as absorption chillers to provide most of the cooling in the new facilities, to ‘future proof’ Bendigo Hospital by being able to adapt to changing fuel sources. To ensure the correct balance between the future adaptability and adoption of appropriate clinical innovation, the team identified the minimum requirements that a PPP will deliver.
The project team used a performance specification style without specifying outright the engineering capacities or design approaches. This enables designers to meet the minimum standards and key performance indicators (KPIs), ensuring the availability of service, while facilitating innovation and competition. The rigor in developing the contract details ensures the government has a correctly designed, fully maintained, and properly operational facility.