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A new home for The Victorian Melanoma and Clinical Trials Centre has been proposed for 545 St Kilda Road, to the tune of $96 million.
The six-storey hospital and research facility would be the latest addition to the Alfred Health precinct, and the first new commercial build on St Kilda Road this century.
Alfred Health recently purchased the site – currently an art deco apartment building – for $31 million, with the view to redevelop it into a state of the art research and treatment facility.
The landmark new facility will include two basement levels, a helipad, gardens and communal spaces.
The centre will provide overnight, same-day and outpatient care, access to lifesaving clinical trials and specialist treatment and will also house education spaces, medical offices, therapy rooms and research labs.
State and federal government funding is expected to be provided for the project, with the Andrews government having committed $800 million to health infrastructure in its 2020-21 budget.
The announcement of the specialist facility is no doubt welcomed by the health sector, with cancer treatment facilities having been under pressure as a result of the pandemic.
If approved, construction will commence next year, with the view to be fully operational by early 2024.
Icon, Kane, ADCO, Lendlease, John Holland and Hansen Yuncken are likely builders expected to tender for the project.
Icon, which has recently appointed two new construction managers, is set to compete for a number of health projects across Victoria this year, indicating it will bid on the St Kilda Road build, if approved.
Kane’s healthcare pipeline includes Stage 2 of The Northern Hospital’s expansion and the Monash Hospital emergency room redevelopment, signalling the builder will express interest in The Alfred’s latest project.
ADCO’s most recent healthcare project in Melbourne was the design and construction of the $75 million St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Werribee, which was delivered in 2018.
John Holland has recently been appointed as builder for the Victorian Heart Hospital at the Monash University campus in Clayton.
Meanwhile, Hansen Yuncken has a rich history in the healthcare sector, having delivered a number of projects across Victoria including the Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, St John of God Berwick and the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.
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