Frankston Hospital redevelopment - Newsletter #2 | July 2023
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Frankston Hospital redevelopment - Newsletter #2 | July 2023

Welcome to our winter project newsletter!

In this edition, we update you on what has been happening on the site. You'll also meet some of the locals helping to deliver the Frankston Hospital redevelopment and find out more about the project’s workforce development and social procurement programs.

The redevelopment site was transformed in the first half of 2023, with two tower cranes now lighting up the Frankston skyline at night. These lights are essential for the safety of the emergency response helicopters that use the hospital’s helipad to transport critically ill patients.

You may have noticed more trucks coming and going from the site as we excavate the basement of the new 12-storey clinical services tower. We’ve already removed more than 50,000 cubic metres of soil from the basement and foundations. Our street sweepers are working hard to help keep the local road clean around the site and will continue to do so throughout construction.

Across the road, we’ve improved access to the Victoria Park dog off-lead area with a new path near our project offices next to the Croquet Club.

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Progress in 2023

So far we have:

  • completed major piling works
  • started bulk excavation
  • installed two tower cranes onsite
  • started constructing the new multideck carpark structure
  • started selecting major medical equipment items
  • launched The Exchange social impact initiative and Be Onsite traineeship program.


Two elderly people standing and looking at a large render for the redeveloped Frankston Hospital

Thanks for joining us at our Community Information Sessions earlier this year. The sessions provided the opportunity to view the designs and catch up on progress with members of the project team.

Staff walking through a light up simulation of a building plans for the Frankston Hospital

Operating theatre staff from Peninsula Health walk through a life size plan of their new operating rooms.

Coming up in 2023

  • two more tower cranes to be delivered and installed onsite
  • inground services installation to continue
  • concrete works to main tower basement to start
  • further structural work on the multideck carpark to take place
  • expansion and redevelopment of the existing emergency department continues - this will include a new paediatric zone and mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub.

Please note the emergency department remains open at all times.

Proudly partnering with Connecting2Australia

The Frankston Hospital redevelopment project is committed to supporting and partnering with local businesses and social enterprises.

We have proudly engaged Connecting2Australia (C2A) to build furniture to be used for the duration of the project. C2A is a not-for-profit organisation and registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, with its head office located in Frankston.

With a team of over 400 people, across 11 sites, C2A’s purpose is to enable full and equal participation in society for people with disability. One way it does this is through providing goods and services made by people with disability, helping to bring them financial independence, choice and community inclusion.

‘We’re advocating to change society’s perception of what people with disability are capable of doing,’ says Blair Boyle, C2A Business Manager.

‘It is crucial we continue to challenge the status quo for society to question their perception of people with a disability. It’s not disability, it’s different ability.

'Society’s view of people with disabilities doing work is generally simple tasks. C2A is about providing meaningful opportunities.’

Blair Boyle, Business Manager, Connecting2Australia (C2A)


Frank standing in front of timber plans wearing high visibility orange jacket.

C2A employee Craig in the workshop.

Anthony and Greg standing in front of a bench of wood from C2A

Anthony and Greg from C2A building furniture.

C2A will build and deliver bespoke outdoor tables and bench seats that the project team will use until they are donated at project completion. Not only will the furniture be handmade by their team of 22 supported employees, and five support workers, it will be made from recycled spotted gum timber that comes from used telephone poles, wharfs and train tracks.

Additionally, C2A will deliver gardening and grounds maintenance around the project office next to the Frankston Croquet Club.

‘The more work and orders we can bring through the door, the more people we can employ. My current team of employees who build these incredible timber furniture pieces can also keep doing what they love doing,’ says Blair.

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Meet the project team

Black and white headshot of Carly Buckland, Social Impact Manager at Lendlease

‘To me social impact means being able to have a positive influence or make significant change which addresses or solves a social injustice or challenge.

'A large part of my job is to identify opportunities for this project to partner with local businesses to help bring change to people and organisations in need.’

Carly Buckland, Social Impact Manager, Lendlease

‘We do this through actively engaging and building relationships with our subcontractors through their employment of apprentices, cadets and members of the local community to create opportunities that can change lives.

'I am looking forward to watching our workforce grow with the project and creating initiatives such as The Exchange, which support our diverse workforce and benefit the community.'

You can read more about The Exchange in the ‘Local opportunities for local people’ section of this newsletter.

Meet the faces of Frankston Hospital

Carol Thwaites, President of Pink Ladies AuxiliaryCarole Thwaites, President – Pink Ladies Auxiliary

‘My role is varied and includes a range of responsibilities including overseeing our volunteers, coordinating the volunteer roster, fundraising drives, cash flow and budgeting, ordering stock and ultimately ensuring our Pink Ladies kiosk is running smoothly.

‘I have lived here for my whole life and would not want to live anywhere else. Frankston has changed and grown over the years, and it is wonderful to have the hospital grow as part of this redevelopment to meet the community needs.’

'Having specialist healthcare services for our community locally is so important and removes the need for people to travel for care.’

Local opportunities for local people

We recently launched The Exchange, Exemplar Health’s integrated workforce development and social procurement program for the Frankston Hospital redevelopment.

The Exchange initiative aims to support local workforce and business needs across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula community.

Participants of the Be Onsite traineeship program at the Frankston Hospital redevelopment

Be Onsite program participants

As part of The Exchange, we welcomed eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees who will complete an eight-month ‘Be Onsite’ program.

‘Be Onsite’ supports trainees to build job readiness, practical skills and an understanding of the construction industry.

It also offers real-life employment and support opportunities on the Frankston Hospital redevelopment.

The aim of the program is for participants to transition into traditional apprenticeships and/or ongoing employment on the project, and it will offer a pipeline of skilled young workers to meet the needs of our project along with the broader construction industry.

Visit the Lendlease website to find out more about The Exchange.

Find out more

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Further information on the Frankston Hospital redevelopment is available on our dedicated project page.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about the construction of the Frankston Hospital redevelopment, you can contact:
Exemplar Health
Phone: 1800 00 36 77

During construction, Frankston Hospital continues to offer the full range of services, working hard to keep disruption to a minimum. If you have any questions about hospital operations, you can contact:
Peninsula Health

Acknowledgement of Country

The Frankston Hospital redevelopment project proudly acknowledges the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which the hospital sits and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

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Last updated: 21 July 2023