Royal Melbourne Hospital ready for operation


01 May 2020

Our team in Victoria has successfully completed the construction of two new operating theatres are The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).

Reem Jaber, Graduate Project Coordinator, said the job provided many opportunities to implement smart solutions, incorporating the construction of the two operating theatres plus the fitout of a patient recovery bay and anaesthetic rooms. Construction began in March 2019 and construction was completed in February 2020.

“All works were conducted in a live environment, and there were two major components to the project,” she said.

“Our site was land-locked between four existing hospital buildings and therefore, all materials and equipment had to go through the hospital corridors. To minimise public interaction, we lifted materials with a crane via an underground penetration.”


This crane was deconstructed in order for it to be manoeuvred into the centre of the operational hospital building. It was then reconstructed to enable the team to work from the first floor - within a tight void – to construct the theatres which were suspended on the third level. These works were also surrounded by multiple other, functioning operating theatres 

“Works were also undertaken adjacent to a 23-hour recovery ward. This ward held patients coming out of surgery and was in operation six days a week. We mitigated the impact of works on ward operations by forecasting noisy works and issuing notifications to the hospital well in advance. Works were also carried out on Sundays to reach programme.”

The management and logistics of having cranes and scissor lifts inside a live hospital while minimising interface with the public is demonstrative of Built’s ability to solve complex problems. 

“The opportunity to work at the RMH facilitated strong relationship development with our valued client,” Reem said.  

“This relationship was further cultivated through sharing  office space, enabling consistent communication with the client as we demonstrated integrity and prioritisation of the client’s needs.

“We further ensured our subcontractors understood the site was a hospital first and a construction site second. This enabled the contractors to understand and respect the public space, resulting in minimal disturbances, which further improved the overall relationship,” she said.




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