Getting ready to build Australia’s first dedicated heart hospital - Frequently Asked Questions
We are excited to announce that construction is about to commence on Australia’s first dedicated state-of-the art cardiac facility – the Victorian Heart Hospital.
The Victorian Heart Hospital will be built at the Monash University Clayton campus, minutes away from the Monash Medical Centre and Monash Children’s Hospital and will play a central role in transforming Victoria’s cardiac care system.
The first step in getting ready for construction is the preparation of the build site located on Blackburn Road, Clayton, opposite the Australian Synchrotron. This will involve ground and site access preparations and will take place in stages over several weeks, starting the end of July 2019.
Frequently asked questions
Where is the work taking place?
The future site of the Victorian Heart Hospital, located on the grounds of Monash University Clayton Campus, on Blackburn Road, Clayton, opposite the Australian Synchrotron.
What is the purpose of works?
The upcoming works will provide site access and prepare the ground in readiness for building the new Victorian Heart Hospital.
What will preparation works involve?
Preparation will involve the installation of hoarding, the removal of some trees along the Blackburn Road side of the site and preparation of grounds and site entry points.
Who will be undertaking the works?
The Victorian Government has appointed John Holland as the Managing Contractor to build the new Victorian Heart Hospital.
When will the site preparation take place?
Preparation works will take place in stages over several weeks and will commence at the end of July 2019. All work will be carried out between the hours of 7.00 am and 5.00 pm to ensure minimal disruption.
Can I still use the area?
The site will be fenced for the period of construction for safety purposes and access will be restricted to authorised personnel only. The Monash University Frearson Oval will be unaffected by the works with sporting activities expected to continue as normal.
What will the hospital and surrounds look like?
The Victorian Heart Hospital will be a state-of-the-art development with a focus on wellbeing and healing and strong connections to outdoor spaces in its design focus. The new hospital build will embrace and preserve the existing landscape and include diverse species of plants and trees suited to the nature of the environment. It will seamlessly connect the hospital grounds to the surrounding university campus, creating connections between outdoor areas, walking paths, parks and playing fields for patients, families, staff and visitors to enjoy.
What is the expected impact to residents?
The site is not directly bordered by a residential area and disruption is expected to be minimal. At times, there will be noise from machinery being operated, however this is unlikely to reach neighbouring residential areas and businesses. There will also be temporary lane closures on Blackburn Road while site access paths are established.
How are we protecting the surrounding landscape?
Great care has been taken to preserve the natural surrounds of the Victorian Heart Hospital site and all work has been guided by detailed arborist reports, Trees being removed are common species found throughout Victoria and Australia and for every tree removed, two will be planted in its place on-site.
The protection of nature and landscape has been at the heart of the project. In fact, the hospital’s design centres on the protection and integration of a historic tree, The Matheson Tree.
When will construction finish?
The Victorian Heart Hospital is scheduled for completion in 2022.
Where can I go for more information?
For more information visit our dedicated Victorian Heart Hospital project page. Alternatively, you can email us at VHHProject@dhhs.vic.gov.au.
Last updated: 21 February 2020
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