The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

The Royal Eye and Ear Hospital is Australia’s largest specialist eye, ear, nose and throat hospital, treating about 270,000 patients a year and delivering more than half of Victoria’s public general ear surgery and 90 per cent of the State’s specialist eye surgery.

Nuvo Group was engaged by a specialist panel led by the Department of Health & Human Services to undertake major redevelopment of the hospital, to continue meeting State-wide demand for age-related eye and ear conditions.

Jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments and the hospital, the project involved demolition of the existing buildings between the two 10-storey tower blocks, to allow construction of a connecting link building with five fully-integrated floors. Clinical services were consolidated on lower levels to provide major improvements in emergency, operating theatre, medical imaging and specialist clinics, as well as inpatient wards and new same-day recovery areas.

During the initial phase of the project, Nuvo Group carried out detailed analysis, scheduling and procurement functions to ensure works complied with health requirements and existing services. Nuvo Group was also in charge of preparing the required shop drawings, reviewing the design for ‘buildability’ and optimising building operations and systems, including installations, cable reticulation routes and support systems. The cable support systems needed to be carefully co-ordinated with the building’s structural elements to support the construction program happening in parallel. The careful staging of the redevelopment work significantly reduced the impact on the hospital’s daily operations.