Royal Melbourne Hospital

The Royal Melbourne Hospital undertook a series of upgrades and improvements to modernise its systems and expand its facilities.

A.G. Coombs was appointed as Head Contractor to deliver the John Cade Building Central Plant Node and Clinical Services Building Central Plant Node upgrades, and to manage the associated complexities of working within a live operating environment.

The rebuild incorporated the supply, installation and commissioning of a new heating hot water system consisting of two 2200kW steam to water heat exchangers and two 4000kW gas fired low temperature hot water heaters.

A.G. Coombs was also responsible for the chilled and condenser water, steam, natural gas, condensate, and domestic hot and cold water systems in the John Cade Building Central Plant Node. In the Clinical Services Building Central Plant Node, A.G. Coombs undertook an upgrade of the condenser and chilled water pipework, electrical and Building Management Systems.

Following the plant upgrade was a total rebuild of the Emergency Department’s air conditioning system, including the installation of multiple air handling units, medical gases, isolation rooms, triage, seven separate plant rooms and a two-storey administration wing. A.G. Coombs also assisted with a generator upgrade.

Project handover was staged over a period of 2.5 years, with the hospital remaining fully operational at all times.

A.G. Coombs did not allow the complexity of the project to interfere with service delivery. Their technical expertise and strong understanding of healthcare environments drove their ability to complete the rebuild with minimal disruption to our live operating environment. A.G. Coombs’ success has seen the Hospital award them with further projects including the installation of a new operating theatre, an infill building upgrade, a peri-op fit-out and the installation of a temporary boiler. With A.G. Coombs, we know they will respond, and we know they will succeed. We can always rely on them.

Leanne Chappell, Director of Capital Works, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Project Overview

Project Name: Royal Melbourne Hospital

Location: VIC

Client: Royal Melbourne Hospital / Leighton

Project Value: $9m

Year Completed: 2010

Project Type

HVAC & mechanical plant & system upgrades


  • Project delivered on time and on budget.
  • Project completed with no unplanned disruption to stakeholders.
  • Improved system reliability and efficiency that, in turn, is driving energy and cost savings for the client.
  • New systems more user-friendly for hospital staff, driving greater efficiency and productivity within the workplace.
  • Zero Lost Time Injuries reported.
  • A.G. Coombs Servicing awarded the ongoing maintenance contract.

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