More locals on the job
Published at: 11 Jan 2019
The final months of 2018 saw ground works at GV Health's Graham Street campus completed, paving the way for the beginning of several construction sites at the health service.
A variety of local contractors - including concreters, electricians and crane operators - were employed on the site by Lendlease Group.
O.P. Industries is a mechanical service and air-conditioning, solutions-focused business which services developers, builders and industrial clients.
“We’ve been covering the region for many years,” project manager Colin Batey said.
“Mechanical services are basically large commercial air-conditioning refrigeration jobs, including the installation of major plant and all associated electrical and controls works.’’
Founded in Wangaratta, O.P. Industries operates throughout northern Victoria, metropolitan Melbourne, Adelaide and NSW.
The group’s manufacturing base in Wangaratta fabricates sheet metal, ducting, pipe fabrication and stainless steel, and offers services across regional Victoria.
The Wangaratta office has extensive experience in the delivery of major projects, including the Adelaide Oval, Echuca Hospital and numerous Defence Force projects.
“We’ve recently finished up the law courts and the Hakea Aged Care Facility in Shepparton,” Mr Batey said.
“We’re currently one of the leading mechanical services contractors in the state, specialising in hospital, pharmaceutical, commercial and industrial works.’’
O.P. Industries spent 2018 completing the redevelopment early works package at GV Health, which involved diverting and rerouting services to clear a footprint for the new In-patient Unit (IPU), Emergency Department (ED) and Dialysis Unit.
“This work included the installation of new boilers, steam generators, modifications to the existing chiller plant and medical gas systems whilst at all times keeping the hospital fully operational," Mr Batey said.
With the early works package complete, O.P.Industries now moves onto the main redevelopment phase of the project.
“There’s a lot to do,” Mr Batey said.
“We’re loading up to 30 or 40 people on site early in the year with labour comprising of mechanical services plumbers, refrigeration mechanics, electricians and specialised subcontractors.’’
Quicklift Crane Hire has also been on site at Graham St.
“We’ve had the business for 20 years now,” owner Jarrod Sutherland said who explained he started the company with his wife Karli in 1998.
“We bought the first FRANNA crane in the area, and we just grew and grew from there.”
A FRANNA crane is designed to travel on public roads, picking up and carrying a load to its destination.
“At the moment we’ve got 35 locals working for us,” Mr Sutherland said.
“We have around 20 cranes around the region, with a variety of bigger and smaller ones rotating onto the site day to day depending on what’s required.”
Quicklift Crane Hire’s equipment ranges in size from three to 130 tonnes, with the capacity to bring bigger cranes on-site when required.
“We had a 220 tonne crane at the dialysis unit site recently,” Mr Sutherland said.
“We’re also doing a lot of lifting at the ED as that takes shape.”
Mr Sutherland and Mr Batey said they were excited to be part of the GV Health redevelopment project.
“It’s great,” Mr Batey said.
“It’s hard yards on the ground, but it’s all worth it."
“We’re all looking forward to getting back to work on stage two in 2019!” Mr Sutherland added.