How your Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment will be delivered
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Hospitals 06 October 2022

How your Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment will be delivered

Building a new hospital is a complex job...

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

But redeveloping a hospital is a complex job! It takes a lot of planning and many conversations with the community and healthcare staff to work out what the redeveloped hospital will look and feel like.

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.

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This is how we will redevelop the Warrnambool Base Hospital

  • Step 1
    1. Service planning Health service planning professionals work together to determine the current and future health needs of Warrnambool and surrounding communities – and how those needs can best be met.
    Step 1
    1. Service planning
    Health service planning professionals work together to determine the current and future health needs of Warrnambool and surrounding communities – and how those needs can best be met.
  • Step 1
    2. Masterplanning We work with various consultants to develop a masterplan study that assesses the condition, functionality and utilisation of existing assets and outlines the infrastructure required to meet future demand for clinical services. This is followed by a detailed feasibility study including costs for early stages.
    Step 1
    2. Masterplanning
    We work with various consultants to develop a masterplan study that assesses the condition, functionality and utilisation of existing assets and outlines the infrastructure required to meet future demand for clinical services. This is followed by a detailed feasibility study including costs for early stages.
  • Step 1
    3. Business Case Business case approved and funding announced in 2020 The business case identifies the issues, potential solutions, costs and timeframes for the hospital redevelopment. The business case must be approved by the state government for the redevelopment to progress to the next phase.
    Step 1
    3. Business Case
    Business case approved and funding announced in 2020 The business case identifies the issues, potential solutions, costs and timeframes for the hospital redevelopment. The business case must be approved by the state government for the redevelopment to progress to the next phase.
  • Step 1
    4. Schematic design Designer appointed in February 2022 Architects, engineers, health planners, hospital staff and user groups all contribute to planning the hospital, creating plans and elevations, and considering things like how patients will move through the hospital.
    Step 1
    4. Schematic design
    Designer appointed in February 2022 Architects, engineers, health planners, hospital staff and user groups all contribute to planning the hospital, creating plans and elevations, and considering things like how patients will move through the hospital.
  • Step 1
    5. Community consultation Now is an important time for the community to have their say. We want community input to help shape things like key family and public spaces. Opportunities for input will be provided in multiple ways to ensure everyone can have their say, such as through pop-up sessions and online surveys.
    Step 1
    5. Community consultation
    Now is an important time for the community to have their say. We want community input to help shape things like key family and public spaces. Opportunities for input will be provided in multiple ways to ensure everyone can have their say, such as through pop-up sessions and online surveys.
  • Step 1
    6. Design development We work with special user groups made up of health care staff and other experts to refine the schematics to a precise design – every detail in every room, including locations of doors, windows, data and power points, plus the technology and medical equipment required.
    Step 1
    6. Design development
    We work with special user groups made up of health care staff and other experts to refine the schematics to a precise design – every detail in every room, including locations of doors, windows, data and power points, plus the technology and medical equipment required.
  • Step 1
    7. Procurement A competitive tender process begins to select the company that will build the redevelopment.
    Step 1
    7. Procurement
    A competitive tender process begins to select the company that will build the redevelopment.
  • Step 1
    Getting ready for your redeveloped hospital You may notice work taking place on the Warrnambool Base Hospital site from early 2023 and wonder what is happening. To prepare for construction of a new hospital tower, we’re building a new offsite Regional Logistics Distribution Centre (RLDC), as well as undertaking functional relocations, demolition and construction works and replacement of the façade of the main hospital. These works will free up space at the hospital for the new tower to be built.
    Step 1
    Getting ready for your redeveloped hospital
    You may notice work taking place on the Warrnambool Base Hospital site from early 2023 and wonder what is happening. To prepare for construction of a new hospital tower, we’re building a new offsite Regional Logistics Distribution Centre (RLDC), as well as undertaking functional relocations, demolition and construction works and replacement of the façade of the main hospital. These works will free up space at the hospital for the new tower to be built.
  • Step 1
    8. Construction The selected builders start construction of the redevelopment, moving from the construction of a new, off-site Regional Logistics Distribution Centre, to early works including decanting and demolition to free up space for the redevelopment, followed by main works, including construction of the new multi-storey hospital tower.
    Step 1
    8. Construction
    The selected builders start construction of the redevelopment, moving from the construction of a new, off-site Regional Logistics Distribution Centre, to early works including decanting and demolition to free up space for the redevelopment, followed by main works, including construction of the new multi-storey hospital tower.
  • Step 1
    9. Commissioning and completion Once the redevelopment is complete, commissioning takes place: this is where everything in the new part of the hospital is clinically cleaned, tested and approved. Once everything has passed, the building surveyor delivers the appropriate certifications and staff move in, ready to open for patients!
    Step 1
    9. Commissioning and completion
    Once the redevelopment is complete, commissioning takes place: this is where everything in the new part of the hospital is clinically cleaned, tested and approved. Once everything has passed, the building surveyor delivers the appropriate certifications and staff move in, ready to open for patients!
  • Step 1
    10. Redevelopment opens This is one of the most exciting parts – this is where the hospital redevelopment, including the new multi-level tower, is fully operational and ready to go! Your bigger, better Warrnambool Base Hospital is expected to open in 2027.
    Step 1
    10. Redevelopment opens
    This is one of the most exciting parts – this is where the hospital redevelopment, including the new multi-level tower, is fully operational and ready to go! Your bigger, better Warrnambool Base Hospital is expected to open in 2027.
  • Step 5
    11. Review and evaluation Once the redeveloped hospital has been running for about 12 months, we look at how well it is working, and capture insights to help us plan and design future healthcare services for Warrnambool and Victoria.
    Step 5
    11. Review and evaluation
    Once the redeveloped hospital has been running for about 12 months, we look at how well it is working, and capture insights to help us plan and design future healthcare services for Warrnambool and Victoria.

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Community engagement

It takes a lot of planning and many conversations to work out what your redeveloped Warrnambool Base Hospital will look like.

Throughout this process, we’ll engage with service users, people with lived experience, staff, experts and the local community. We are committed to keeping you informed and involved in the lead up to and throughout construction.

There will also be an opportunity to tour your bigger, better hospital when it is complete.

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Last updated: 06 October 2022