The first pre-fabricated modules for the 128-room boutique studio hotel at the new Bendigo Hospital site will be put in place on Saturday morning.
Bendigo is expected to have a new hotel seven days later with all 66 pre-fabricated modules installed at the site on the corner of Bayne and Lucan streets.
The modules have been delivered to Bendigo complete with fully-furnished facades, balconies, fixtures and fittings.
A crane will be used to lift the modules into place.
Australian builder Hickory Group built the prefabricated hotel modules in the company’s Melbourne factory.
The new hotel is being built as part of the Art Series Hotel Group’s expansion to regional Victoria.
Hickory Group states the pre-fabricated building technology means a 50 per cent shorter construction timeline and smaller carbon footprint.
Hickory group managing director Michael Argyrou said the company’s Australian-owned and fabricated structural building technology allowed accelerated on and off-site construction programs to deliver high quality buildings faster, in a safe and more controlled work environment.
"We intend to make a positive contribution to Australia and the construction sector by offering a unique blend of construction and manufacturing, using an Australian automotive manufacturing workforce and local products,’’ he said.
Mr Argyrou said Hickory units were not made to a set size or layout.
"They can adapt to any architectural design and also have no height limitation. Hickory’s most recent modular project, a nine-storey apartment building in inner Melbourne, was installed on site in just five days.’’
Rod Case, Bendigo Advertiser, Jan. 17, 2014