Status

Delivery

Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment

Location 25 Ryot Street, Warrnambool, Victoria, 3280, Australia

The Victorian Government is investing $384.2 million to deliver the Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment.

A new multi-storey hospital tower will deliver a bigger emergency department, more operating theatres, an extra 22 inpatient beds and dedicated areas for pathology services and dialysis.

With more families choosing to make Warrnambool home, a dedicated paediatric unit will provide specialised care to children and young people.

Construction of a new off-site Regional Logistics Distribution Centre (RLDC) has been completed. The RLDC was purpose-built to provide commercial linen services and a modern healthcare supply and logistics warehouse. Relocating these services will free up space at the hospital for the new multi-storey tower. 

The redevelopment will transform services at the hospital, giving Victoria's south-west community access to world-class healthcare facilities, close to home.

$384.2 MILLION
$384.2 MILLION

INVESTMENT

22
22

NEW INPATIENT BEDS

NEW
NEW

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

SPECIALISED
SPECIALISED

PAEDIATRIC UNIT

The Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment will deliver:

  • a new multi-storey hospital tower
  • a bigger emergency department
  • a new suite of operating theatres
  • an additional 22 inpatient beds
  • a dedicated paediatric unit
  • clinical accommodation for pathology services, dialysis and central sterile services
  • a 120-space basement carpark for patients and visitors
  • a new, off-site Regional Logistics Distribution Centre (RLDC).

The project will be delivered in three key stages:

  1. Construction of the new off-site RLDC was completed in January 2024. 
  2. Early works are scheduled to begin on-site at the hospital in February 2024, starting with services upgrades and relocations. This will free up space for main works on the new multi-storey hospital tower to start. 
  3. Main works, including the construction of the new multi-storey hospital tower, are expected to be completed in 2027.

Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment aims to achieve the following benefits:

Improved patient experience and staff safety

The redevelopment will improve patient triage within the emergency department, reducing emergency and surgery wait times and enhancing safety for both staff and patients.

Patient wellbeing

Modern facilities, amenities and equipment will support the delivery of enhanced care and patient wellbeing.

Better access to services

Increased service capacity will provide more access for people living locally, reducing wait times and enabling patients to access more clinical support services closer to home.

A boost in local jobs

The redevelopment will create around 800 jobs during construction and provide a boost to the local economy.

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 healthcare supply and linen services to a new off-site Regional Logistics Distribution Centre. This will create space at Warrnambool Base Hospital for the 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 stages:

  • Regional Logistics Distribution Centre: Construction of the new, off-site Regional Logistics Distribution Centre started in January 2023 and reached practical completion in January 2024. 
  • Early works: Early works are scheduled to begin on-site at the hospital in February 2024, starting with services upgrades and relocations. This will free up space for main works on the new multi-storey hospital tower to start. 
  • Main works: Main works, including the construction of the new multi-storey hospital tower, are expected to be complete in 2027.

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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.

Community consultation

Over August and September 2022, we asked the community to have a say on key family spaces in the redevelopment. Community feedback will help to shape this significant investment for Warrnambool and surrounding communities, ensuring the best outcome for local families.

Read the community survey summary report

This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with:

  • South West Healthcare
  • Billard Leece Partnership (architects)
  • AECOM Australia (building services engineering consultants)
  • Hansen Yuncken (builder – Regional Logistics Distribution Centre, and builder – early works for main hospital redevelopment).

Regional Logistics Distribution Centre

Hansen Yuncken was the lead contractor for the delivery of the RLDC.

Early works

Hansen Yuncken was appointed to deliver early works on the main hospital redevelopment in January 2024. 

Main works

A builder for main works on the hospital redevelopment is expected to be appointed in 2024.

News

Aerial view of Warrnambool's distribution centre

23 January 2024

Warrnambool Base Hospital: Early works

Regional health service workers to move into new distribution centre, as early works begin on Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment. 
News
Construction site of Regional Logistics Distribution Centre at Warrnambool Base Hospital

04 July 2023

Regional Logistics Distribution Centre progressing

The Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment’s offsite Regional Logistics Distribution Centre nears structural completion.
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19 June 2023

Delivering upgrades to Warrnambool Base Hospital

Here we share some of the steps we need to take to redevelop the hospital and invite you to come on the journey with us.
Fact sheet
Illustration of community members engaging with a VHBA project

28 October 2022

Warrnambool Base Hospital: Survey report

Here is a snapshot of what you the local community had to say on key family spaces in the Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment.
Report
Aerial view of the Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment

26 August 2022

Warrnambool Base Hospital: Pop up sessions

The local community invited to attend a pop up information session to learn more about the redevelopment and to have a say on key family and outdoor spaces.
Consultation
Illustration of community engagement for the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

08 August 2022

Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment: Survey

We sought input from Warrnambool and surrounding communities to help shape the $384.2 million redevelopment of Warrnambool Base Hospital.
  • 25 August 2022 - 20 September 2022
  • Survey closed
Survey
Artist's impression of the Warrnambool Base Hospital seen from the sky

10 February 2022

Warrnambool Base Hospital: design team appointed

The design team has been appointed to deliver the $384.2 million redevelopment of Warrnambool Base Hospital.
News
Artist's impression of Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment

28 July 2021

Warrnambool Base Hospital: Requests for tenders

Requests for tenders are open to appoint architects and engineers for the first stage of the redevelopment.
News

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Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment
  • Location
  • 25 Ryot Street, Warrnambool, Victoria, 3280, Australia

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