Custom solution delivered for The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Parkville, VIC

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COLORBOND® Metallic steel
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is a purpose-built centre-of-excellence for cancer research, treatment, education and care located in the prestigious Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

It is home to cancer research, clinical services and educational facilities for Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health and the University of Melbourne, and brings together seven additional leading cancer organisations to form the VCCC Alliance in a collaborative effort to focus on improving patient and research outcomes.

The facility is designed to deliver maximum co-located and functional area with a blend of clinical, administrative and research facilities and includes 110 same-day beds, 96 overnight inpatient beds, education and training facilities, and more than 20,000 square metres of dedicated research space for up to 1,200 researchers.

Now a distinctive landmark on the Melbourne skyline, prominent atop the VCCC are the two illuminated 30-metre-long sky signs that shine like a beacon of hope in the night - and a key element of these is the purple, custom powder coated LYSAGHT LONGLINE 305® cladding which forms their backdrop.


  • 7,500sqm LYSAGHT LONGLINE 305® cladding, supplied in both COLORBOND® Metallic steel colour Celestian™ and a powder coated custom purple colour


Lysaght came into the project at an early stage when LYSAGHT LONGLINE 305® cladding, along with other Lysaght products, was being considered for various walling and cladding applications and also for the plant screen that forms the backdrop for the VCCC sky signs which display the facility’s name.

With the bold LYSAGHT LONGLINE 305® cladding being specified for its dramatic aesthetics, and construction of the project coinciding with the release of the COLORBOND® Metallic steel by BlueScope, the majority of the cladding was supplied in the striking COLORBOND® Metallic steel colour Celestian™ for use in various applications throughout the structure.

However, for the plant screens behind the sky signs, the LYSAGHT LONGLINE 305® cladding was required in a unique purple colour to complement a prominent purple ‘ribbon’ feature in the VCCC’s design.

To meet this special request, as no current COLORBOND® steel technology could provide the colour, the Lysaght team investigated powder coating to achieve the specific purple colour and a solution was delivered via a 3-pack process, applied over the light COLORBOND® steel colour Surfmist®, and was warranted for 10 years.

As always, Lysaght’s goal was to support the architect’s design vision and deliver the best solution for the project, a process that entailed close liaison over many months and numerous site meetings and stakeholder meetings in partnership with the architects to support the advantages of a Lysaght solution.


One of five European-inspired profiles available in Lysaght’s new ZENITH™ premium range, LYSAGHT LONGLINE 305® cladding is a distinctive and dramatic profile favoured by architects for the visual interest it adds to large areas by casting evolving shadows throughout the day.

For even greater design freedom and aesthetic interest, LYSAGHT LONGLINE 305® cladding can also be fluted and tapered to create strong lines radiating out from a central point and easily accommodate curvilinear structures.

This strong and durable profile has a standard cover width of 305mm, is suitable for roof pitches as low as one degree, and features a specially designed concealed-fix system that maintains the clean linear visual, allows for thermal expansion and eliminates screw penetrations that can potentially allow water ingress.

The LYSAGHT ZENITH™ range is available in unpainted ZINCALUME® steel, the beautiful COLORBOND® steel colour range, the superb COLORBOND® Metallic steel colour range and the COLORBOND® Matt service offer.


Lysaght media release
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Cladding Contractor:
Signal & Hobbs
Parkville, VIC
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LYSAGHT®, LONGLINE 305®, COLORBOND®, BlueScope® are registered trademarks of BlueScope Steel Limited, ABN 16 000 011 058.

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