Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Project supports local industry participation

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Project is a $1 billion world-class purpose-built facility for cancer research, treatment and care.

Built over 13 levels the new facility is 130,000sqm in total and includes two bridge links to The Royal Melbourne Hospital, where a further 12,000sqm of extensions and refurbishments are being delivered. The VCCC is the largest hospital project in Victoria.

Minister for Health, the Honourable Jill Hennessy MP said the VCCC Project is on track to be operational in 2016.

"We are very proud of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Project, which will deliver a state-of-the-art facility that will save lives by bringing together cancer research, education and care," said Minister Hennessy.

The VCCC Project is being delivered as a public-private partnership between the Victorian Government and Plenary Health. Plenary Health builder, Grocon PCL, committed to achieve and exceed a minimum local content of 90 per cent for the design, construction and fit out of the facility.

Grocon PCL worked with the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Victoria, which administers the Victorian Participation Policy (VIPP) on behalf of the Victorian Government, to meet and exceed its VIPP commitments.

ICN Victoria worked to identify and maximise local content, connecting suppliers with project opportunities. Capturing expressions of interest through ICN Gateway, ICN Victoria was the central point of contact for suppliers interested in taking part in the project.

Involved from the beginning, Melbourne-based local manufacturer Schiavello worked closely with ICN Victoria. For the VCCC Project, Schiavello was successful in winning Grocon PCL's tender to supply the facility's clinical joinery and workstations.

Founded in 1966 this Australian owned company manufactures, assembles, installs and maintains an extensive range of workspace furniture systems covering the Commercial, Health and Aged Care, Hospitality and Tertiary Education sectors.

Approximately 95 per cent of Schiavello products are manufactured at their facilities in Melbourne. Headquartered at Tullamarine these facilities are supported by a network of smaller local manufacturers support centres across all Australian mainland capitals. Thus Schiavello is able to maximise local content throughout its supply chain.

Schiavello Business and Relationships Manager - Health, Joseph Tigani said not only is Schiavello an advocate for working locally by manufacturing furniture in Australia, they also support the local industry in their supply chain, buying parts from local suppliers wherever possible.

"Working with ICN Victoria on this project allowed for a more seamless experience," said Joseph.

"We were pleased to host ICN representatives on tours of our facilities at both the Bid Phase and Construction Phase, where the representatives were able to witness production of elements for the VCCC project.

"During the Bid Phase, we were encouraged with ICN Victoria having a dedicated representative assigned to each of the Bid Consortia so each bidding team had access to the same resource of local knowledge and capabilities.

"ICN Victoria helped manage expectations by providing visibility across the project.

"This connection has led to other opportunities.

"Earlier this year ICN Victoria provided me on behalf of Schiavello a platform to speak at one of their events, 'Connecting with Health', on issues in the health sector and share my experiences on how to better engage with suppliers and highlight the strength of local industry," he said.

ICN Victoria Health Manager Andrew Bradley said as the liaison point between the buyer and the ANZ industry, ICN has been able to provide a comprehensive overview of project supply chain in a timely and transparent manner, helping SMEs understand the project requirements and where they could fit.

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