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Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

Location 1 Drummond Street N, Ballarat Central, Victoria, 3350, Australia

The Victorian Government is investing $655 million to redevelop and expand the Ballarat Base Hospital.

The redevelopment will deliver a new emergency department, a new women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite, an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds, a new mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub integrated in the emergency department, a new central energy plant, new pharmacy and pathology facilities, a new Education and Learning Centre, a new helipad and an expanded car park providing 400 car spaces.

A new and expanded critical care floor will bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms, an expanded intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms. This will deliver capacity for an extra 4,000 surgeries every year.

Once completed, the upgraded hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients per year.

The redevelopment will be completed over multiple stages. Construction of the final stage is expected to be completed in 2027.

$655 MILLION
$655 MILLION

INVESTMENT

18,000
18,000

MORE EMERGENCY PATIENTS

14,500
14,500

EXTRA INPATIENTS

4,000
4,000

MORE SURGERIES

The redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital will deliver:

  • a multilevel hospital tower
  • a new emergency department including:
    • a mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub
  • a new and expanded women and children’s hub
  • a new state-of-the-art theatre suite
  • an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds
  • a new and expanded critical care floor
  • a new helipad
  • an expanded car park providing 400 care spaces
  • a new central energy plant
  • new pharmacy and pathology facilities
  • new Education and Learning Centre.

The new and expanded critical care floor will include:

  • operating theatres
  • procedure rooms
  • an expanded intensive care unit
  • endoscopy suites
  • consulting rooms.

The new and expanded women's and children's hub will include:

  • 23 maternity beds
  • five birthday suites
  • 12 special care nursery cots.

The Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment aims to achieve the following benefits:

More patients treated

The redevelopment will provide additional capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients each year. With new models of care and new design guidelines, the redevelopment will be flexible and able to respond to increasing demand expected over the coming years.

More surgeries

A new and expanded critical care floor will bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms, an expanded intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms. This will deliver capacity for an extra 4,000 surgeries every year.

Urgent mental health care where and when it's needed

A new mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub will allow more emergency patients experiencing mental health, alcohol and other drugs issues to be assessed, treated and monitored by specialists before being discharged. The hub aims to reduce the impact on the acute treatment cubicles within the emergency department and to allow patients to be seen and treated faster.

A boost in local jobs

The redevelopment will also boost employment in the region, with more than 1,400 construction jobs expected to be created. Once fully operational, up to 1,000 extra positions will be created at the hospital.

A community consultative committee has been established for the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.

The Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment community consultative committee met five times in 2021. The committee was led by former Premier and Ballarat local Steve Bracks, alongside Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle.

The committee provided considered advice on a range of areas and issues including the patient and family experience, the vision for indoor and outdoor family spaces and wayfinding.

Input from the committee and wider community is informing the design of the redevelopment. You can read where community ideas are being taken forward in the community consultation report.

Why is the Ballarat Base Hospital being redeveloped?

The Ballarat Base Hospital is being redeveloped so it can expand to meet the growing population and health needs of Ballarat and the surrounding areas.

A significant redevelopment and expansion of the hospital is needed to:

  • ensure clinical services can meet increasing demand from the growing community
  • provide contemporary facilities for patients, staff and visitors.

To prepare for the future, in May 2018 the Victorian Government announced it will invest $461.6 million to redevelop the Ballarat Base Hospital.

A further $80 million was announced in the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget to build a new central energy plant. In 2023, $54 million was announced to deliver a helipad and a new multi-deck car park.

An additional $54.6 million was announced in the 2024-25 State Budget to deliver an expanded women's and children's hub and addresses cost pressures due to construction market escalation. 

An additional $5.4 million has been provided to deliver a mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub in the new emergency department.

This brings the total investment to $655 million.

What is included in the redevelopment?

The redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital will deliver:

  • multilevel hospital tower
  • new emergency department including:
    • mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub
  • new and expanded women and children’s hub including:
    • 23 maternity beds
    • five birthing suites
    • 12 special care nursery cots
  • state-of-the-art theatre suite
  • an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds
  • new and expanded critical care floor
  • 400-space multi-deck car park expansion
  • new helipad
  • new central energy plant
  • new pharmacy and pathology facilities
  • new Education and Learning Centre.

The new and expanded critical care floor will include:

  • operating theatres
  • procedure rooms
  • an expanded intensive care unit
  • endoscopy suites
  • consulting rooms.

The redevelopment will also deliver a new main and emergency department entrance to be accessed via Sturt St.

The new entrance will improve access for patients, families and emergency vehicles, as well as deliver urgently needed short-term carparking and safe drop-off zones. Artist impressions of the new entrance can be viewed in the gallery

To deliver an expanded world-class hospital that meets the future health needs and expectations of the local community, two properties on Sturt Street have been acquired and will ultimately be removed.

The local community has told us through surveys and the community consultative committee that the current pain-points are around lack of short-term parking, poor accessibility and wayfinding. We have listened and incorporated these priorities into the designs for the hospital redevelopment. View the community consultation report.

What stage of construction is the redevelopment at?

The redevelopment is currently in stage two. This includes the construction of the new central energy plant and support services building on Drummond Street that includes a new central energy plant, new pharmacy and pathology facilities and a new Education and Learning Centre. Construction started in 2023 and is being delivered by John Holland. These works are supporting more than 170 construction jobs and will be completed in late 2024.

John Holland has also been appointed to deliver an expanded car park providing 400 car spaces, with construction starting in 2023 and due to be completed in mid-late 2024.

Construction of the multi-level hospital tower will start in 2024 and is expected to be completed in 2027. The tower will include a new emergency department including a mental health, alcohol and other drugs hub, a women and children's hub, theatre suits, extra inpatient and short stay beds and a new helipad.

When will the redevelopment be completed?

The redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital is expected to take several years, as is common with large construction projects of this size.

The construction of the central energy plant is expected to be completed in early 2024. The main hospital works are expected to be completed in 2027.

Will a new acute mental health facility be delivered?

Grampians Health and the Department of Health are reviewing the outcomes from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to identify how mental health services should be delivered into the future.

The recommendations and best practice will be considered in the design of the redevelopment, in particular the new emergency department and women and children’s hub.

Will the redeveloped hospital have enough carparking?

In March 2023, the Victorian Government announced an extra 400 car parking spaces would be delivered as part of the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.

The car park expansion is part of a $54 million package of works that also includes temporarily relocating the current helipad landing zone. A new helipad will form part of stage three of the redevelopment, where it will be positioned on top of the new multi-level tower.

The extra car parks are being delivered as part of Regional Development Victoria’s commitment to provide an extra 1000 car parks in Ballarat through the Regional Car Parks Fund.

Will the Air Ambulance service still operate in and out of Ballarat?

Yes. The temporary helipad has been moved to Ballarat Airport or the City Oval. This flight path is currently used during poor weather when access to the Ballarat Base Hospital is restricted.

The new helipad will be housed on a new multi-storey tower with direct access to the emergency theatre and operating theatres.

How many jobs will the project create?

The redevelopment is expected to create more than 1,400 construction jobs. Once fully operational, up to 1,000 extra positions will be created at the hospital.

Will residents near the hospital be affected by the redevelopment?

We will work with Grampians Health and the community to minimise disruptions to neighbouring residents and businesses.

We are committed to keeping the community up-to-date as the project progresses. Works will be communicated through the Grampians Health website, this project page, local media and directly to residents where appropriate.

Will hospital services be affected during construction?

Works will be planned and managed to minimise impacts to patients, staff and families at Ballarat Base Hospital.

A number of hospital functions will be relocated to new spaces as part of the redevelopment. Access paths may also change to ensure the safety of staff and patients. These changes will be communicated through the Grampians Health website and directly to staff and patients where appropriate.

Will there be any impact on carparking during construction?

Work to expand the hospital’s multi-deck car park commenced in 2023. Once complete the hospital will have around 800 car parks. To deliver this boost, the hospital’s multi-deck carpark will temporarily close for approximately 10 months, until mid-late 2024.

We appreciate the patience of hospital staff and the community during this time.

During all stages of construction, access to the emergency department will always remain open. This includes the existing car parks directly at the front of the emergency department to drop off patients.

Where will I park during construction of the multi-deck car park?

Grampians Health has put in place a temporary car parking solution. The free park and ride service will be available at the nearby City Oval for staff, patients and visitors from Monday to Friday and at the Western Oval, corner of Pleasant and Eyre streets, on Saturday.

The free park and ride service operates from 6am to 11.20pm, Monday to Saturday. A bus schedule can be found at the Grampians Health website.

The drop off / pick up points at the hospital will be:

  • Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) entry, located on Sturt Street
  • Gardiner Pittard (GP) foyer entry, located on Drummond Street.

Will any properties need to be acquired as part of the redevelopment?

To deliver an expanded world-class hospital that meets the future health needs and expectations of the local community, two properties on Sturt Street have been acquired and will be removed.

The acquisitions will enable the development of an accessible and appropriately sized entrance to the new hospital and emergency department via Sturt Street. This will create space for safe drop-off zones, urgently needed short-term carparking and better accessibility for the community.

The local community has told us through surveys and the community consultative committee – that the current pain-points are around lack of short-term parking, poor accessibility and wayfinding. We have listened and incorporated these priorities into the designs for the hospital redevelopment.

Could the properties planned for acquisition be retained?

A lot of planning has gone into the redevelopment to ensure it delivers an expanded world-class hospital that meets the future health needs and expectations of the Ballarat community. While it is a difficult decision, this acquisition was the only viable option to unlocking the current site.

The acquisitions will enable us to provide a large new emergency department at ground level and address the current issues raised by patients and the community around access, wayfinding and parking in the redevelopment.

The local community will be able to look forward to a bigger and better hospital that’s easy to access and move around, more accessible parking including short-term emergency drop-off parking, and more open green spaces.

For further information

To receive updates about the project, sign up to the mailing list.

If you have any questions about the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment please email email the project team at bbhrproject@health.vic.gov.au.

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

  • Grampians Health
  • DesignInc (architects - stage 1)
  • H. Troon (builder - stage 1)
  • Lyons (architects - main works)
  • John Holland (builder - stage 2)
  • Built (builder - stage 3).

There will be no interruption to healthcare services at Ballarat Base Hospital during construction.

Ballarat Base Hospital will maintain full operational capacity throughout the redevelopment to ensure the continuity of care for the community.

News

Anna Marshall, Executive Program Delivery Director for VHBA, and Sam Sculley, Site Supervisor for John Holland onsite at the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

08 March 2024

Meet the women behind Ballarat’s big build

This Women in Construction Week 2024, we spotlight the women driving the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
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Aerial view of Ballarat Base Hospital and surrounds

28 February 2024

Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment a step closer

Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment is a step closer with the central energy plant and support services building reaching its maximum height.
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Artist impression of the multi-storey carpark at Ballarat Base Hospital

15 September 2023

Ballarat Base Hospital carpark builder appointed

John Holland will deliver the new expanded multi-deck car park at the Ballarat Base Hospital.
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Women with short red hair and blue polo shirt smiling at the camera

27 June 2023

‘Maureen’ the crane arrives in Ballarat

The first tower crane at the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment site has been named after a longstanding hospital volunteer.
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A female medical staff member wearing scrubs smiling at a male patient.

02 June 2023

Better access to treatment in Grampians

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Artist impression of a courtyard with lots of plants and people walking around. They are standing in front of a multi level carpark at the Ballarat Base Hospital.

22 May 2023

Builder shortlist: Ballarat Base Hospital

Four leading construction companies have been shortlisted to deliver the final stage of the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
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Image of a female and male workers reviewing a document together on a construction site. They are dressed in high vis vests and hard hats, and facing away from the camera.

13 April 2023

EOI: Ballarat Base Hospital – Stage 3 main works

Expressions of interest have now closed for a main works contractor to design and construct stage 3 of the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
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Artist impression of the new multi-storey car park at the Ballarat Base Hospital

29 March 2023

Ballarat Base Hospital: car park boost

Works to expand the hospital’s car park will start this year, bringing the number of hospital car parks to around 800 when the redevelopment is complete.
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Reception area of the new Diagnostic Department in the Ballarat Base Hospital

29 March 2023

New diagnostic facility at Ballarat Base Hospital

The newly relocated department is four times the size of the previous facility.
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An artist impression of the Drummond Street facade at the Ballarat Base Hospital

19 December 2022

Builder appointed: Ballarat Base Hospital

We’ve appointed a builder to deliver the new central energy plant and support services building on Drummond Street.
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Artist impression – new multi-level tower for the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

06 September 2022

Designs released for final stage of Ballarat Base

View the designs for the new multi-level tower including the façade and interior spaces.
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12 August 2022

Ballarat Base Hospital: Info session

The Ballarat community was invited to attend a drop-in information session to view and learn more about the final designs for Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
  • 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
  • Ballarat Central 
Past event
Artist impression of Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

16 June 2022

Industry breakfast: Ballarat Base Hospital

On Thursday, 30 June 2022, local trades were invited to attend an industry briefing breakfast to learn how to get involved in the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
  • 7.00 am - 9.00 am
  • Redan
Past event
An artist impression of the Drummond Street facade at the Ballarat Base Hospital

01 June 2022

New designs released for Ballarat Base Hospital

Take a first look at the new building being delivered on Drummond St that will include a pharmacy, pathology services and Education and Learning Centre.
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Artist impression of Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

13 April 2022

New entrance to transform Ballarat Base Hospital

Take a look at new artist impressions and how community engagement is shaping the design of the redevelopment.
News
Illustration of community engagement for the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

13 April 2022

Ballarat Base Hospital community consultation

This report provides a community consultation overview and summarises how community ideas and priorities are being incorporated into the design planning for the redevelopment.
Report
Corridor connecting old building with new medical centre at BADAC

17 March 2022

Designing for cultural safety

Using good design principles, we can create culturally safe health environments with, and for, Aboriginal people.
Article
Illustration of community members engaging with a VHBA project

10 December 2021

Ballarat Base Hospital survey results

Hear what our respondents had to say about shaping key family spaces in the redeveloped Ballarat Base Hospital.
Report
A mother holding a child

17 September 2021

Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment family spaces

We held a survey in October 2021 seeking your ideas and priorities to help shape key family spaces in the redeveloped Ballarat Base Hospital – from waiting rooms to gardens.
  • 27 September 2021 - 25 October 2021
  • Survey closed
Survey
Artist impression showing aerial view of Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

30 August 2021

Builder appointed for Ballarat Hospital expansion

Ballarat-based construction company, H. Troon, has been appointed to help deliver the first stage of works for the Ballarat Base Hospital expansion.
News
Artist impression showing aerial view of Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

10 June 2021

Ballarat Base Hospital: Architect appointed

Lyons has been appointed as the principal architect for stages two and three of the $541.6 million Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
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09 March 2021

Ballarat Base Hospital: Community survey report

On 3 December 2020, the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) launched an Engage Victoria survey titled ‘Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment’.
Report
Artist impression showing aerial view of Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

09 March 2021

Ballarat Base Hospital consultative committee

A community consultative committee has been appointed to help shape the $541.6 million redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital.
News
Artist impression showing aerial view of Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

08 December 2020

Expression of interest: Ballarat Base Hospital

Expressions of interest are now open for the Architect as Principal Consultant and Building Services Engineering Consultant on the new Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
News
Artist impression showing aerial view of Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

04 December 2020

Consultation underway for Ballarat Base Hospital

We’re asking locals from Ballarat and surrounding areas to help shape the $541.6 million Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
News
Artist impression showing aerial view of Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

04 December 2020

Investment boost for Ballarat Base Hospital

The Victorian Government has announced an additional $80 million in this year’s state budget for the redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital.
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Location

Ballarat Base Hospital
  • Location
  • 1 Drummond Street N, Ballarat Central, Victoria, 3350, Australia
  • Mail
  • (03) 5320 4000

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