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Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) first opened its doors in 2016 and has provided world-class care for patients since its inception. The VCCC accommodates hundreds of researchers and strives to set a new standard in cancer treatment and education.
Located in Melbourne, the VCCC is a specialist cancer hospital and research centre. Home to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, it also functions as the headquarters for the VCCC alliance, whose members include the University of Melbourne, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and many other distinguished academic, clinical and medical research institutions.


This allows the different member organisations to pool their considerable expertise and deliver first-class care to cancer patients. It also facilitates a collaborative approach to cancer research and education. The facility itself spans 130,000 square metres and is valued at $1.1 billion. Completed in 2016, it employed a rather conventional design solution, one which involved post tensioned band beams and one way slab construction.  



Challenges in the independent structural reviews included the triangular building shape in terms of the grid arrangement, which was also dictated by the basement car parking and ground layout. Transfer structures were eliminated by using the 1600 thick heavy bunker walls—both in the B1 basement and around 9 radiotherapy bunkers—to carry tower columns over the loading dock.