A subsidiary of construction giant Lend Lease has won the contract to build Melbourne’s newest hospital.

Expecting to shortly finish its work as the project manager for Box Hill Hospital ahead of schedule, Baulderstone Pty Ltd has secured the contract to build a new children’s hospital at Monash Medical Centre, state Health Minister David Davis announced last weekend.

Set to become Australia’s third biggest children’s hospital, the new centre will be built in the south-eastern suburb of Clayton and will feature 230 beds including 96 paediatric beds, 12 dedicated children’s cancer day beds, 20 same day beds, 10 paediatric intensive care beds, 30 neonatal intensive care cots and 28 beds providing special mental health services for children.

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There will also be three children’s operating theatres and a children’s procedure room as well as medical imaging facilities.

Davis says Baulderstone will work closely with the design consultants in order to finalise the layout.

He says the construction phase, which is expected to generate around 700 jobs, will get underway around the middle of the year and finish by late 2016, and that when complete, the new hospital will enable the Monash Children’s to deliver around 60,000 extra outpatient treatments per year.

All this is happening as the last crane was dismantled on another major healthcare project being managed by Baulderstone – the $447.5 million Box Hill Hospital redevelopment in Melbourne’s east.

The cranes were dismantled following completion of a new façade featuring glass and aluminium panels which are different shades of grey and blue to lessen the visual impact of the building against the skyline.

Set to be complete on budget and ahead of schedule late next year, the project has generated around 1,300 construction jobs.

Davis says between them, the crane drivers put in a total of 44,600 hours and carried out about 35,000 lifts, hoisting more than 3,200 tonnes of steel.

He says Baulderstone will transition to the new hospital as its responsibilities regarding Box Hill wind down.

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