Building Engineering Starts Construction of $11.9M YPARC Centre


A new Metropolitan Youth and Prevention and Recovery Care Centre (YPARC) is currently being built to the value of $11.9m.

West Melbourne-based Building Engineering (group) has begun construction on the centre for Melbourne Health’s at 35 Poplar Road, Parkville.

The building will include a 20-bed prevention centre, with the team to provide support and treatment to 200 individuals between the ages of 16-25 per year.

The YPARC falls under the Victorian Government’s $325.7m commitment to a 10-year mental health plan which was initiated in 2015 and aims to support Victorians by providing improved infrastructure for mental health.

The scope of the project includes bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a communal kitchen, dining and living areas, breakout spaces for patients, and outdoor garden areas for recreational activities and family visits.

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The YPARC centre will be located in the Parkville health precinct next to the Orygen Youth Mental Health facility and nearby the newly announced Institute for Infectious Disease valued at $550m.

80% of Building Engineering’s annual business comes from its ongoing relationships with hospitals like Alfred Health, Austin Health, Mercy Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, the Department of Health & Human Services and more.

Building Engineering has completed notable projects for many of Melbourne’s important health initiatives including;

Epping Private Hospital’s Day Surgery and Inpatient Unit, which comprised the demolition and fit-out of 3 operating theatres, 1 endoscopy theatre, a 16 bay stage 1 and 2 recovery area, 24 bedrooms with ensuites including 1 isolation bedroom and 3 sleep lab bedrooms.

The Eastern Health Breast & Cancer Centre in Ringwood, including the demolition of an existing administration building and construction of a new three-storey Breast Cancer Centre with reception, waiting area, patient lounge, group room, Allied Health consulting rooms, consult exam rooms, technical suites as well as a two-storey car park. And;

The St John of God Hospital in Geelong’s ICU facility, which comprises a 12 bed Acute Level 2 Intensive Care Unit (ICU), inclusive of eight patient beds and space for four additional future beds.

The centre has been designed by Bamford Architects and is due to be completed in late 2021.

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