Construction of Victoria’s Footscray Hospital progressing at pace

Waterman is delighted that work on the new $1.5bn Footscray Hospital in Victoria is well underway.

Conveniently located on the intersection of Geelong Road and Ballarat Road, the new hospital will support increasing demand from Melbourne’s suburbs, ensuring families have the opportunity to access first class care close to home. The development will provide a gymnasium, cafes, retail and office spaces, childcare, pharmacy, general practice facilities and community health facilities.

Upon completion, the new hospital will have the capacity to tend to almost 15,000 more patients than is currently possible, and allow approximately 20,000 additional people to be treated in the new emergency department. Providing more than 500 inpatient beds, Footscray Hospital also offers acute care facilities, including an emergency department along with a mental health unit and a hub specialising in treatment for illnesses relating to alcohol and other drugs. Other new specialist facilities include operating theatres, clinical support spaces and state-of-the-art teaching, training and research spaces.

Delivered by the Plenary Health Consortium in partnership with the Victoria Health Building Authority and Western Health, the Cox Architecture and Billiard Leece Partnerships-designed scheme is punctuated by striking exteriors, street-level entrances and expansive green spaces, whilst also incorporating a footbridge to Victoria University which will provide a direct connection for students to the new hospital.

Waterman were engaged by VHBA and worked closely with Western Health as the technical advisor for the state government. Our team provided the full engineering services including Mechanical , electrical fire protection , hydraulics , vertical transportation and ESD services.

Waterman Group Australia’s Managing director, Philip Barnes, said: “I am delighted to see construction of Footscray Hospital underway. We are extremely proud to be supporting this exciting development, which is set to become a major asset for the community. We look forward to seeing this major project progress over the coming years.”

This landmark project is on track to be completed by 2025.

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