Why does the Warrnambool Base Hospital need to be redeveloped?
Warrnambool is the largest city in the Victoria’s South West region. Due to its size, prominent profile, and its service mix, it facilitates the highest share of demand in the region.
With a growing elderly population and high demand for mental health care services, the demand for hospital beds is expected to increase by approximately 30 per cent over the next 20 years.
What is included in the redevelopment?
The redevelopment will involve works to relocate the regional supply and linen services to a new offsite Regional Logistics Distribution Centre. This will create space at Warrnambool Base Hospital for the main hospital redevelopment.
The redevelopment will also deliver a multi-storey hospital tower which incorporates a new emergency department, a new suite of operating theatres, an additional 22 inpatient beds, a dedicated paediatric unit, and a basement carpark.
When will construction start?
The Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment will be delivered in three main stages:
Regional Logistics Distribution Centre
Construction of the new, offsite Regional Logistics Distribution Centre is expected to begin in late 2022.
Early works are scheduled to begin onsite at the hospital in early 2023. These works will free up space at the hospital for the new multi-storey hospital tower to be built. Early works construction will involve installing the infrastructure required to service the new tower, undertaking functional relocations and performing demolition works.
Main works, including the construction of the new multi-storey hospital tower, are set to start in mid 2024.
How will the redevelopment be delivered?
A Request for Tender process will take place in late 2022 to appoint a builder for the construction of the main works of the hospital redevelopment.
Will the project create local jobs?
The redevelopment will create around 800 jobs during construction and contribute directly to the local economy.
Will residents near Warrnambool Base Hospital be affected during construction and operation?
We’ll work closely with South West Healthcare and the community to minimise disruptions to neighbouring residents and businesses wherever possible.
The project team is committed to keeping the community updated on the project’s progress. We will provide more information before construction starts.