Cabrini has been providing quality, compassionate hospital care for more than 70 years to the south-east Melbourne community. Unlike other hospitals who are branches of larger providers, Cabrini Malvern has always been proud of its strong links to the community it serves, and the delivery of the care that this entails.
Currently we are challenged on two fronts:
the ageing infrastructure at Cabrini Malvern
the increasing clinical demand for healthcare services in our area
To meet this demand, we have made a commitment to continually invest in the infrastructure needs of our hospital and community.
The Gandel Wing was opened in 2019, but Cabrini’s other buildings were built in the 1950s and 1970s when multi-bed rooms were standard practice and the number of patients we were treating was far less. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the healthcare landscape, fast-tracking our need to redevelop Cabrini.
We need to:
convert our multi-bed wards into single bed rooms
build new theatres to meet the future clinical demands of the community
to develop the Cabrini Cancer Institute to further prioritise cancer research for our community
Community Consultation Forum – 17 August 2023
As part of our commitment to keep the community informed of our redevelopment plans, on August 17 we hosted the third in our series of community consultation forums for local residents.
Cabrini Chief Executive, Sue Williams presented an update on current plans and answered questions from the community in a session that was recorded (below) together with:
Louise Alexander, Executive Director, Malvern, Cabrini Health
Matt Tymms, Chief Commercial Officer, Cabrini Health
To view the slideshow presentation, click the link below.
The Cabrini Gandel Wing was a major milestone for the hospital in terms of its service delivery and patient care. From there, Cabrini undertook a Clinical Services Plan that identifies forecast growth in demand over the next 10 years. Through this work we have identified that we won’t have enough beds to meet the increased demand for hospital services.
Cabrini is a not-for-profit hospital which prides itself on providing the best health care to its patients and the wider community through its outreach programs. The redevelopment will ensure that this high-quality care can continue into the future, and focus on the specific areas of needs that we have identified such as cancer, cardiac and orthopaedic surgery.
We also need to build more single rooms. Patients with private health insurance expect this and it is no longer acceptable to have four-bed rooms, particularly in a COVID environment.
A new building is proposed on the corner of Coonil Crescent and Wattletree Road. This will be a multi-level clinical building which will increase the overall net number of beds at Cabrini to between 50-80 beds. This takes into account the reduction of beds within the existing hospital due to the refurbishment of the current four-bed wards to single rooms, which are no longer fit for purpose.
There will be significant improvements to the hospital entry from Wattletree Road, which will allow safe and efficient vehicle, emergency services and pedestrian access. There will be an increase in the number of onsite carparks with over 350 new proposed basement carparks.
Within the existing hospital there will be internal works in the ‘North Block’ building adjoining Winter Street, a refurbishment of the existing ‘Central Block’ adjoining Coonil Crescent, a major upgrade of our Emergency Department and expansion of our Operating Theatre complex.
We have sought to achieve a transition in height downwards from Gandel Wing towards our eastern neighbours. The hospital is included in the Glenferrie Road / High Street major activity centre, and the height of the new buildings provides a respectful transition east towards the residential zones. The new buildings will step down from approximately 26 metres and the site plan shows a generous new landscape setback to the residential properties to the east.
Most of the new consulting suites will be occupied by relocated doctors, however we anticipate there will be an increase over time as we continue to grow as an organisation.
We are proposing to remove the existing buildings at 2 and 4 Coonil Crescent to facilitate this development, and some demolition works on the existing hospital will be required as well. None of the Cabrini buildings are heritage-listed, except for 4 Coonil Crescent which has a C-grading, being contributory to the area rather than significant in its own right.
Our planning submission will seek to vary/remove the covenant that applies to 2 Coonil Crescent. All beneficiaries of the Covenant will be notified and given an opportunity to make a submission.
The final design of the new buildings will be developed in consultation with our architects, who specialise in health projects. The buildings will ensure a consistent character across the site that has emerged through the Cabrini Gandel Wing design and provide a contemporary design response that is respectful of the heritage significance of the surrounding properties.
Across Victoria, overlooking is managed by providing a minimum 9 metre setback between a new window or open space and an existing dwelling. The proposed development has a setback of considerably more than nine metres from residential properties to the east.
No adverse shadow impacts to neighbouring properties are envisaged, and this will be fully detailed through the state-lead approval process.
Trees on the existing carpark area will need to be removed, the intent being that existing vegetation along the Wattletree Road frontage and side and rear boundaries be retained where possible.
New landscaping is proposed to Wattletree Road, Derrill Avenue and Coonil Crescent, as well as a nine-metre-wide landscaped walkway on the eastern side of the Hospital to facilitate access between Derrill Avenue and Wattletree Road.
New landscaping will comprise at-grade planting as well as integration of landscaping into the building design through upper-level terrace spaces and green roofs which enhance sustainability outcomes. A comprehensive landscape design will be developed as part of our proposal.
A new nine-metre-wide landscaped walkway will be provided at the eastern edge of the hospital property that will allow for public access between these two streets. The final design will be developed in consultation with stakeholders and will consider elements such as lighting, safety, noise and planting.
All new car parking associated with the hospital will be provided in basement format.
There are over 350 proposed basement car spaces. The new car parking will be in addition to the existing car parking supply for the hospital.
The existing signalised intersection of Wattletree Road and Coonil Crescent will remain, but the hospital entry will be reconfigured to ensure safe and efficient access for vehicles entering/exiting the basement car park; emergency services vehicles arriving at the Emergency Department and pedestrians. New roadworks will be undertaken in consultation with the Department of Transport and Council.
There is no helipad proposed as part of this project, as there is no clinical need for a helipad at Cabrini.
The application will be submitted to the State Government given its significance in terms of health care need, the overall economic investment, and the need to ensure a co-ordinated approach across all stakeholders and agencies.
We will be commencing internal refurbishment works from August 2022, and we are intending to commence new building works in mid-2023, subject planning authority approval.
An appointed building contractor will be required to work with the hospital, council and Department of Transport to develop a detailed Construction Management Plan which will detail matters such as hours of building, contractor car parking, safe truck routes and the like.
We will be providing regular updates on our website and social media channels, as well as more formally through stakeholder engagement sessions. The State Government will also be seeking views from interested parties through the application process. We want to work collaboratively with the local community, council and State Government through this process.