Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre


  • STHDI+MCR [joint venture - Silver Thomas Hanley, DesignInc + McBride Charles Ryan


The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is a new $1 billion purpose-built facility in Melbourne’s Parkville Biomedical Precinct. It is the first Comprehensive Cancer Centre (CCC) in Australia and the new facilities will accommodate hundreds of researchers in an ESD benchmark building that will set new standards for health innovation.

Through innovation and collaboration, the VCCC will drive the next generation of improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. The new design was to be symbolic and representative of the bringing together of the project partners, of the creation of new networks and clusters of collaboration.

Key Features


The new facility is 13 Levels; 130,000m2 (newworks)+ 12,000m2 (redevelopment). This includes the new building on the former Dental Hospital site, as well as new facilities being built on top of the existing Royal Melbourne Hospital buildings.
The main building has thirteen floors above ground level and four below ground. It includes approximately 700 carparking spaces, 400 bicycle parking spaces and 22 lifts. There are three bridges linking the new building and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
There are 47 seminar and meeting places, a 250-seat lecture theatre and two 60-seat lecture theatres.
Gardens and terraces are incorporated throughout the facility.


Patients and visitors enter the facility through the ground floor ‘Welcome Hall’. There are discrete areas in the Welcome Hall where patients will be admitted or directed to their clinical destination.
The Welcome Hall has a number of small areas that can be used for impromptu discussions with patients, staff and visitors.
There is also an amphitheatre leading down to Radiation Therapy that can be used for educational presentations and forums.
Outcomes of the research activities of the building partners (Peter Mac, Melbourne Health, University of Melbourne) will be celebrated in dynamic displays on the walls of the ‘Research Walk’.


The new facility includes 110 chemotherapy, medical and surgical same day beds and chairs. It features eight operating suites, two procedure rooms, 27 treatment rooms and 97 consulting rooms.
Apheresis, a procedure that separates blood into its individual components, is conducted in a discrete area and all chemotherapy chairs have access to natural light and views.
Supporting the activities of all of these services is a cytotoxic pharmacy, located adjacent to the chemotherapy area.


The new Peter Mac facilities include a 32-bed medical inpatient unit, a 32-bed haematology inpatient unit, and a 32-bed surgical inpatient unit.
The surgical inpatient unit is located adjacent to the operating theatres, providing ease of access for surgical patient flow and for the surgeons and anesthetists.
All rooms feature an ensuite and an entertainment system with internet access.
A minimum of two larger rooms have been incorporated on each inpatient unit for friends or family to stay. Each unit features a patient lounge with refreshment area and interview rooms.


An interactive hub, located between the research laboratories on the upper floors and the clinical and dry research areas on the lower floors, is at the centre of the building on Level 7. The hub includes a cafe, a landscaped roof deck, meeting rooms and informal lounge areas and breakout spaces, promoting the impromptu interactions that generate ideas and broad thinking.
The hub will also feature one of the three bridge links to visit The Royal Melbourne Hospital, further enhancing the interactions between clinicians and researchers.

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