VCCC Building

Special delivery: Seven-tonne MRI delivered through fifth floor window

Published 17 November 2015

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Project has taken delivery of a brand new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, but unlike normal deliveries this one was made through a fifth-floor window.

Last month Grattan Street was closed to traffic as a 100-tonne crane was used to lift the seven-tonne MRI – airfreighted from Germany – and deliver it via the fifth floor.

This is one of three MRIs that will be used in the treatment of cancer at the VCCC when it is operational from mid-2016.

Grocon PCL Senior Equipment Project Manager Alex Pimentel said the VCCC has been specifically engineered for this purpose, and the job went exactly to plan.

“More than 30 people were involved in this job, from traffic management on the ground to the teams removing and replacing the façade, and taking receipt of this special piece of equipment,” Alex said.

“The design of the building meant once we got the MRI up to level five we only had to move it about 20 metres to its final location.”

Alex said the fifth-floor windows and pre-cast concrete in that section of the façade has been specifically designed to be removed without affecting other elements of the façade.

“This purpose-built area means any time the VCCC has to move large imaging equipment in or out of the building it can do it safely and without disrupting other areas within the facility,” Alex said.

The move was performed on a Saturday to minimise disruption to motorists and staff in the adjacent Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Kelvyn Lavelle

Head of Corporate Affairs
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