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Redevelopment planning in full swing

May 17, 2013

Redevelopment planning in full swing The 'Ardee' building, 166 Victoria Parade in the process of full refurbishment

 

 

 

 

 

Preparatory works for the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital redevelopment are now well underway, as staff reorganise the site for its planned transformation. A dedicated redevelopment team at the Eye and Ear has initiated the first phase of the changes, including the relocation of staff and clearing of office space, to allow for the early building works to begin from July 2013.

The Victorian Government's recent budget announcement regarding plans to fund state infrastructure reaffirmed the redevelopment team's commitment to the project, with the state pledging $400 million over four years for the Eye and Ear hospital together with the Monash Children’s redevelopment.

The statement follows a busy six months since the Premier and Health Minister first announced in November the state government would fully-fund the redevelopment, scheduled to run over five years. 

The Peter Howson Wing will be the first to undergo significant change, with some demolition occurring to allow a permanent data centre to be built. Following this, the permanent Pharmacy will be built as well as temporary areas for reception, security, concierge desk and Zouki café.

Work is also now underway to restore the Ardee building, located on Victoria Parade. The heritage building is a short walk from the hospital and will provide office space for 22 non-clinical staff requiring relocation during the redevelopment.

Executive Director of Strategy, Planning and Redevelopment, Jenni Gratton-Vaughan, is leading the Eye and Ear's internal redevelopment team in partnership with the Department of Health Project Director and team, and Consultant team:

“This is an exciting time for the Eye and Ear. There are many staff members working behind the scenes to plan and prepare for the build, and patients will start to see lots of activity over the coming months. Although there will be some disruptions, it's very exciting to see years of planning slowly coming to life, said Ms Gratton-Vaughan.