Corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads,
The Victorian Government has provided up to $1.5 billion to deliver a new Footscray Hospital – one of the state’s largest ever health infrastructure investments.
Located on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads, the new Footscray Hospital will support the increasing demand from Melbourne’s booming western suburbs, ensuring families can get the care they need close to home.
Building a bigger and better Footscray Hospital will cut wait times and reduce pressure on nearby hospitals. With an increase of nearly 200 beds, the new hospital will treat approximately 15,000 additional patients and enable around 20,000 additional people to be seen by the emergency department each year.
Construction of the new Footscray Hospital is now underway, with the hospital expected to open in 2025.
The new Footscray Hospital aims to achieve the following benefits:
More patients treated
approximately 200 more beds than the existing Footscray Hospital
approximately 15,000 more patients treated every year
approximately 20,000 more people seen by the emergency department every year.
Reduced wait times
The project aims to reduce wait times across the emergency department, elective surgery and outpatient clinic services.
Better patient outcomes
The new Footscray Hospital will provide high quality facilities that support and promote Western Health’s innovative practices in improving health outcomes.
With an increase in surgical capacity, the new Footscray Hospital will be Western Health’s main surgical site, providing all surgical sub-specialties.
Central location in the inner west
The new Footscray Hospital’s central location, close to the heart of Footscray and next door to Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus, aims to position the inner west as a leading health, education and research precinct.
Education and training
The new hospital brings to life education and training partnerships between:
the Victoria Government
Plenary Health (who run the New Footscray Hospital)
Victoria University will have dedicated education and research facilities at the hospital. The hospital and university will be linked by a footbridge over Blackburn Road. Creating a health and education precinct that:
fosters relationships between education and research
opportunities for skills training and apprenticeships
boosts employment pathways for health students.
The project will create an estimated 177 new jobs during construction, including 70 apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships.
Additionally, the project will employ more than 2,000 people at peak construction. It will be built with more than 90 per cent local content, meaning more materials, services and equipment will be sourced from local businesses.
The new hospital is expected to create over 250 jobs once in operation and attract new investment through ancillary and specialist health services relocating to the area.
We value community input and are committed to keeping the local community up to date as the new Footscray Hospital Project progresses.
Issues such as car parking, the need for green and outdoor spaces and public transport access are key priorities identified by the community. They have been carefully considered in the development of this important project.
A community consultative committee has been established for the new Footscray Hospital. This provides a forum for members of the local community to participate in the project’s development through open dialogue and consultation.
The consultative committee includes:
foundation members from key local organisations such as Western Health and Maribyrnong City Council
thirteen community members.
Chaired by Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray, committee members have been selected across gender, age, interests and background to ensure a diverse representation. The consultative committee will meet on a regular basis for the life of the project.
The members of the consultative committee are:
Katie Hall, MP for Footscray (Chair)
Russell Harrison, CEO Western Health
Tara Frichitthavong, Maribyrnong City Council
Tanya Druce, Manager, Aboriginal Health at Western Health
Tina Skliros, Project Director New Footscray Hospital Project, VHBA
The Victorian Government is working closely with Western Health to ensure the best health outcomes are achieved for the community in Melbourne’s west.
The new hospital is being delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP). This involves bringing together a private consortium to design, construct, finance and maintain the new hospital over 25 years.
On 10 March 2021, following an extensive tender process, the Plenary Health consortium was officially awarded the contract to deliver the new Footscray Hospital with the parties successfully achieving financial close on 11 March 2021.
The Plenary Health consortium comprises:
Plenary Group as sponsor and investor
Multiplex as builder
Honeywell and Compass as the facilities and maintenance managers
Sojitz Corporation as investor.
The design team is led by Cox Architecture and Billard Leece Partnership.
The new Footscray Hospital will continue to be a public hospital. The health service providers will continue to be Western Health, supported by Orygen and Mercy Health which provide mental health services.
Construction began in March 2021 and is on track to be completed in 2025.
The new Footscray Hospital is a major construction project. It replaces the current hospital which was built in the 1950s and ensures we can continue to deliver high-quality services to the growing community for many years to come.
Building at the new site means there will be far fewer disruptions to the operations of the current hospital while the new facility is being constructed.
However, it is expected there will be some temporary impacts that will affect the local community. These include:
increased vehicle and people movement in the area
changes to access
localised noise and vibration
These impacts will be regularly monitored and minimised wherever possible.
We are committed to keeping the community informed of project progress. We will notify neighbouring residents and businesses in advance of any major construction activity. We will do this through door knocking (where appropriate) as well as emails, newsletters, construction notifications and public displays within the area.
Works will take place between the hours of Monday to Friday 7.00am-8.00pm and Saturday 8.00am-6.00pm, consistent with Maribyrnong City Council bylaws.
Wherever possible, noise generating activities will be scheduled during the day to minimise impacts to residents and businesses.
Some out-of-hours works will be required throughout construction and will be subject to After Hours Permits being granted by the Council. Neighbouring residents and businesses will be notified in this instance.
Other temporary road and lane closures will be required at times during construction. When road closures are required, the community will be notified prior to work beginning.
Public transport impacts
To ensure the safety of the community during construction, the Victoria University/Ballarat Road bus stop has been temporarily relocated until construction is completed in 2025. The bus stop is now situated approximately 250m west along Ballarat Road, adjacent to the Footscray Park Bowls Club.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
There will be no interruption to healthcare services at the current Footscray Hospital during construction.
Footscray Hospital will maintain full operational capacity throughout the redevelopment to ensure the continuity of care for the community.
The government provided funding for works at the existing hospital in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 State Budgets to ensure it can continue to provide safe and high-quality care to patients while we deliver the new hospital.
These works include:
upgrades of fire, mechanical and ICT services
maintenance and repairs to the facade of the south and north blocks
renovations of ward bathrooms
replacement of the backup power generators.
Following the completion and opening of the new Footscray Hospital, the current Footscray Hospital will be decommissioned.
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Artist impression - Showing internal view of entrance. Each of the hospital’s entries lead into the ‘Hospital Street’, a pedestrian route which wraps around the Village Green and connects all areas of the hospital precinct
Artist impression - A calm, welcoming feel is created with greenery and natural warm materials – providing healing benefits for patients and wellness for staff.
Artist impression - The new Footscray Hospital has been designed for users to enjoy views across Footscray Park, Maribyrnong River and beyond.
Artist impression - The main entrance to the new Footscray Hospital has been designed so that it is welcoming, visible and accessible.
Artist impression - An aerial view of the new Footscray Hospital.
Artist impression - External street view of the new Footscray Hospital. The hospital will be a community asset that provides services, such as childcare, pharmacy and cafés, for use by patients, staff and community.
Artist impression - The Village Green is the centre of the hospital precinct, offering patients, staff and community the opportunity to enjoy a large green space
Artist impression - The main entrance, looking east along Ballarat Road. The main entrance will be accessible by public transport and provide direct access to the ‘Hospital Street’ and visitor carparks.
An aerial map view of the New Footscray Hospital's location
Members of the community consultative committee in discussion
Members of the community consultative committee in discussion