Peter Mac is a name synonymous with compassionate care and advanced technology, leading to a profound, daily influence on the wellbeing of cancer patients and their families in Australia. The Peter MacCallum Centre in Melbourne is a leading global cancer research, treatment, and education centre, that treats almost 12,000 chemotherapy patients every year.
The construction of Melbourne’s underground metro tunnel project imposed concerns on the existing Peter Mac site within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), where electromagnetic disruptions from the trains would impact the current MRI imaging infrastructure, necessitating the department’s move to a new site on St Andrews Place in East Melbourne.
Gray Puksand was initially appointed to complete a rigorous feasibility study to determine a suitable location for the department’s move. Upon conducting extensive stakeholder consultation and responding to concerns about structural limitations and minimising disruptions to hospital operations into account, an appropriate site on the second level was selected. Gray Puksand executed a fast-track program to minimise the impact of the relocation of the MRI machines and ensure hospital operations weren’t delayed.
Now officially complete, the updated cancer imaging department is home to two new MRI machines, and a range of other imaging modalities including a CT Scanner, X-Ray, Ultrasound and Mammogram. The scheme is futureproofed to ensure that the design outcome provides spatial flexibility that stands the test of time.