The partners join forces once again to invest in Melbourne's Victorian
Comprehensive Cancer Centre
MONTREAL, Nov. 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Caisse de dépôt et placement
du Québec announced an investment of AU$40.5 million in the Victorian
Comprehensive Cancer Centre Project (VCCC).
The AU$1.2 billion VCCC project will deliver a purpose built cancer
research, treatment, care and education facility in Parkville,
Melbourne, one of Australia's leading biomedical and research
"Through this investment, in addition to the five others made earlier
this year with Plenary, the Caisse is strengthening its presence in
Australia and is adding another quality asset to its infrastructure
portfolio," said Macky Tall, Senior Vice-President, Investments,
Infrastructure at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. "This
investment underscores our desire to invest in promising projects and
with well-established partners in order to generate stable and
predictable, long-term returns for our depositors."
Plenary Group Australia Principal, John O'Rourke, said this further
investment served to reinforce the growing strategic alliance between
Plenary Group Australia and the Caisse. "We are particularly proud of
this exceptionally designed comprehensive cancer center and the
opportunity it represents for the two parties to co-invest in another
significant social infrastructure project in Australia."
Construction of the Centre began at the end of 2011 and will commence
services in 2016. The 1,400,000 sq. ft. facility will provide a brand
new home for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and new cancer research
and clinical services for Melbourne Health (including the Royal
Melbourne Hospital), new cancer research facilities for The University
of Melbourne and new education facilities for all building partners.
The partnership agreement between Plenary Health and the State of
Victoria covers the design, construction, financing and running of the
VCCC facility over 25 years.
The Caisse invested another AU$139.2 million with Plenary in other
projects earlier this year, including barracks for Australia's
Department of Defence, a hospital in Berwick (in southeast Melbourne),
police and court facilities in Southern Australia and the Melbourne
Convention and Exhibition Centre.
ABOUT THE CAISSE DE DÉPÔT ET PLACEMENT DU QUÉBEC
The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is a financial institution
that manages funds primarily for public and private pension and
insurance plans. As at December 31, 2011, it held CA$159.0 billion in
net assets. As one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers, the
Caisse invests in major financial markets, private equity and real
estate. For more information: www.lacaisse.com
ABOUT PLENARY GROUP
Plenary Group is an independent long-term investor, developer and
operator of public infrastructure, with businesses in both Australia
and Canada. Plenary Group Australia has quickly grown into the largest
specialist PPP business in the region, successfully achieving financial
close on nine (9) PPP projects in the Australian market. Plenary Group
projects in Australia have a project capitalization of over AU$5
billion. For more information: www.plenarygroup.com.
Image with caption: "The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec invests AU$40.5 million in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Project (VCCC) located in Parkville, near Melbourn, Australia. (CNW Group/CAISSE DE DEPOT ET PLACEMENT DU QUEBEC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121106_C5347_PHOTO_EN_20226.jpg
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