Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Completion year 2016

Key People

Ben van Niekerk

Electrical Section Manager, Principal

Glenn Alman

Mechanical Project Engineer, Principal

Angus Grant

Mechanical Section Manager, Principal

Anthony Squire

Electrical Project Engineer, Principal

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The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a purpose-built centre-of-excellence for cancer research, treatment, care and education. The $1 billion, 130,000-square-metre facility is the new home of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, new cancer research and clinical services for Melbourne Health and the University of Melbourne. Located in Melbourne’s prestigious Parkville Biomedical Precinct the VCCC aims to become one of the top 10 facilities of its kind in the world.

It was designed to deliver maximum functional area with a blend of clinical, administrative and research facilities and includes 96 overnight inpatient beds, 110 same-day beds, a dedicated clinical trials unit and accommodation for families of country patients. The facility also provides more than 20,000 square metres of dedicated research space for up to 1,200 researchers, eight operating theatres, two procedure rooms, eight radiation therapy bunkers, education and training facilities, and eight gardens and terraces comprising low-allergenic plants and materials.

The Victorian Government contracted the Plenary Health consortium, comprising Plenary Group, the Grocon / PCL joint venture and Honeywell to design, build, finance and maintain the project under a 25-year concession. WGE are proud to have contributed to this highly collaborative team by providing electrical, security, vertical transportation and sustainability services.

The project team’s innovative and technically advanced approach included:

  • A collaborative and evidence-based approach with international consultants based on international best practice guided the building design in areas of infrastructure, research and clinical requirements
  • Reliability and redundancy was paramount throughout the design process to ensure a constant supply of energy to critical systems
  • Future flexibility was considered, with a consistent provision of spare capacity made throughout the design of all systems
  • Thermal energy is provided by a central energy plant where major equipment is consolidated for optimal energy efficiency and reliability
  • To avoid disruptions to the facility operations, a closed transition 7.5MVA generator system provides seamless switching between the utility network and stand by generator power was commissioned
  • Energy efficient lighting design exceeded the requirements of the Building Code of Australia Section J by 20% without compromising lighting levels
  • Information technology infrastructure was consolidated, with a shared system provided for access control, security and surveillance systems creating a streamlined, cost efficient solution
  • Vertical transportation efficiency is maximised through a destination control system with passengers selecting their destination prior to being assigned a lift.

After more than four years of construction the VCCC opened to staff and patients on time in June 2016.