VCCC bridge link

New double-storey bridge link for Plenary’s Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Project

Published 16 December 2014

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA – Plenary Health has welcomed Victoria’s new Premier, Daniel Andrews, and Health Minister, Jill Hennessy at the site of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Project in Parkville to mark the installation of the project’s second pedestrian bridge link.

Premier Andrews and Minister Hennessy inspected the double-storey bridge at a media event held at the weekend. Using two large mobile cranes, builder Grocon PCL expertly lifted the 37-metre, 110 tonne steel structure into place in the early hours of Saturday 14 December.

Plenary Group Chief Operating Officer, Glenn Hay, said the bridge – which is 11.5 metres high and 3.5 metres wide – connects the VCCC's south side facility to the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) at levels 6 and 7 across Grattan Street.

“This bridge provides a vital link between the two VCCC facilities,” Mr Hay said. “At level six it connects the south side facility’s key surgical floor with RMH’s expanded 42-bed Intensive Care Unit on the north side, while the connection at level seven enables staff and visitors to move freely between the two buildings.”

The bridge structure was delivered to site as a series of 12 fully-welded truss segments that were bolted together in situ before being lifted into place.

The VCCC Project’s level two bridge link, installed back in August, connects ambulatory care and pathology areas on level 2 of the new south side facility with the equivalent areas at RMH.