Topping out celebration at Northern Hospital

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Topping out celebration at Northern Hospital

12 March 2020

The Northern Hospital expansion has reached a significant milestone with all major structural works complete on the new seven storey tower.

On 2 March 2020, Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos hosted a ‘topping out’ ceremony of the new tower. This is a time-honoured tradition that signifies a structure reaching its highest point.

The seven storey tower is part of the Victorian Government’s $162.7 million expansion of Northern Hospital. The expansion will ensure families of Melbourne’s north have access to first-class care close to home as the region continues to grow.

The topping out ceremony was complete with Minister Mikakos presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to Epping resident, Josie Minnitti OAM. Mrs Minniti has raised more than $700,000 for Northern Hospital’s oncology unit. A building crane on site of the expansion has also been named after Mrs Minniti.

When completed in 2021, the hospital expansion will allow an extra 10,000 patients to be treated every year.

Learn more about the Northern Hospital expansion via our dedicated project page.


[IMAGES: The Northern Hospital construction site is seen from above. Building materials are hoisted up by a crane.]

‘The Northern Hospital expansion has reach an exciting milestone.’

[IMAGES: The crane is seen turning. Workers lay out concrete.]

‘Construction work on the new seven storey tower has been ‘topped out’. ‘Topping out’ is a traditional ceremony that celebrates all major structural works being completed.’

[IMAGES: The building site is seen from above.]

‘The $162.7 million expansion will allow 10,000 more patients to be treated each year. Due to be completed in mid-2021.’

[IMAGES: A blue and white screen reads: ‘Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority, Victorian State Government,’.]