Builder appointed for Port health centre

January 13, 2022 BY

Loaram Constructions’ Mark Dries, BCH capital works manager Michelle Day, project architect Richie Schultz and Loaram Constructions’ Rohan King outside the existing Community Health Centre in Portarlington.

BELLARINE Community Health (BCH) has welcomed the new year with the signing of a building contract for the redevelopment of the Portarlington Community Health Centre.

After a competitive tender process, Loaram Constructions has been appointed to undertake the redevelopment works at the Portarlington site.

“It’s pleasing to see this project finally get under way,” BCH chief executive officer Garry Ellis said.

“COVID and the ongoing impact on construction costs for the building industry have created delays and budget issues, but we are delighted to now have Loaram Constructions on board and keen to see the redevelopment works begin.”

Loaram Constructions, which has offices in both Geelong and Melbourne, will take possession of the site soon and it is anticipated demolition works will begin not long afterwards.

An artist’s impression of the exterior of the redevelopment.

“This redevelopment, funded through the Department of Health’s Community Health and Hospitals Program, is an opportunity for BCH to invest in the Portarlington community,” Mr Ellis said.

“From the beginning of this project we have engaged with and listened to our community partners such as the Portarlington Ladies Auxiliary and the Portarlington Food Assistance Program about their requirements, along with other community members about what makes a modern Community Health service.”

A significant increase in building costs has resulted in some changes to the scale of the redevelopment, including a reduction in floor area and certain building materials.

As a result, there has been some alterations to the facade of the building to keep costs within the available budget.

BCH services and the Portarlington GP Clinic will continue to operate during the redevelopment, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.