Hutchinson Builders win contract

Hutchinson Builders win contract

02 Nov 2010

Hutchinson Builders has been appointed to design and build new student accommodation at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University.

Professor Hal Swerissen, Dean of the Faculty of the Health Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional), La Trobe University said the appointment marked a significant milestone in the $16.5 million project, providing up to 200 students with accommodation.

The new building is an essential part of the $73.9 million La Trobe Rural Health School which is set to transform health care across central and northern Victoria, and is a major project within the University’s capital program led by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson, across all its campuses.

The student accommodation will provide safe, quality accommodation that will support students’ ability to gain a broad range of experience in regional health and human service organisations.

The appointment was made after an open tender process, which resulted in a high level of expressions of interest being submitted for the project. Four contractors were then invited to submit detailed design and construction tenders.

‘After a detailed evaluation process Hutchinson Builders was selected as the preferred tenderer,’ Professor Swerissen said.

Hutchinson Builders have extensive experience with delivering residential accommodation works. They have recently delivered comparable student accommodation works for the Australian National University and the University of Technology Sydney.

The new residential accommodation building will replace the Osborne Street building. It will be located on an existing car park and tennis courts on the Edwards Road campus, with car parking being built adjacent to existing student residential accommodation off Sharon Street.

Funding for the La Trobe Rural Health School has come from La Trobe University and the Federal Government through its Education Investment Fund.

The new School extends the University’s relationship with Bendigo Health and the Victorian regional health sector, transforming health care outcomes and services in central and northern Victoria and leading to greater integration of regional higher education.

‘The University is strongly committed to playing a leading role within all the communities which it serves’, said the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson, ‘and our establishment of the La Trobe Rural Health School is a clear demonstration of that commitment which will benefit the central and northern Victorian region generally’.

The new School is expected to offer 750 additional student places, resulting in an extra 200 graduates each year, providing crucial healthcare cover across rural Victoria.
Construction is expected to begin early 2011 and be completed by early 2012.

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