New Footscray Hospital Project Newsletter #4 - August 2022
Welcome to the latest New Footscray Hospital Project newsletter.
Your new Footscray Hospital continues to rise above the site hoarding with excavation, earthworks and foundations all now complete for Victoria’s largest ever health infrastructure investment.
The main hospital tower containing the Inpatient Unit (IPU) is already visible from the street along Geelong Road and more of the new hospital structure is emerging from the ground.
Over the coming months, passers-by will notice the installation of huge v-shaped columns on Ballarat and Geelong Roads. Standing three-stories high, with each element weighing around 90 tonnes, these architecturally significant columns mark an exciting milestone for the new hospital.
The New Footscray Hospital Project is committed to giving back to the community, and is proud to announce some recent partnerships with local organisations in the west. The project is also continuing to connect people to jobs, apprenticeships, and training through the NFH Jobs Hub and Connectivity Centre.
Read more about your new hospital in the community, the latest construction update, and what’s ahead for the project in this latest edition.
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Moving on up
The site is a hive of activity as structures rise above the hoarding. Let’s look at what’s been happening over these past few months:
The final truckload of rock and soil left the site at the end of June, marking the completion of bulk earthworks and excavation. There has been a total of 360,000 cubic metres of material excavated, which has involved 24,000 truck movements.
With excavation now complete, the last concrete slab on ground pour was completed in early July.
Authorities are continuing works on Federal and Tiernan Streets to upgrade the surrounding utilities for the new hospital.
The final concrete pour for level one of Victoria University’s education and research building is now complete. Perimeter screens have been set up to encapsulate structural works taking place.
Concrete structure works from the basement up on all buildings have begun - with around 70 concrete slabs poured to date.
Connectivity Centre - a jobs and community hub
Located in the heart of Footscray, the NFH Jobs Hub, in partnership with the Connectivity Centre, continues to support the west through connecting the local community to jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities both on the new hospital site and at Victoria University Polytechnic.
Since the centre opened its doors in November 2021, there have been almost 600 visitors. Drop-in sessions are held every Tuesday 10.00 am - 12.00 pm to assist students and job seekers interested in working on the new Footscray Hospital. Job readiness information sessions are also held on a weekly basis.
A number of community events have also been hosted at the centre including the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – Women’s Empowerment Program, International Women’s Day and Cultural Diversity Week.
The centre has established and maintained relationships with close to 100 community partners. Through this engagement, 28 local job seekers identifying as disabled, Indigenous or from a disadvantaged background have been referred to employment opportunities on the New Footscray Hospital Project. A further 45 people have been placed into job ready programs, employment support services, education and training opportunities as a pathway to working on the project.
The Connectivity Centre and NFH Jobs Hub are located at 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray.
If you are interested in employment and training opportunities at the new Footscray Hospital email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picturing Footscray finds new exhibition home at Connectivity Centre
Victoria University’s Picturing Footscray photography prize is a free open-entry competition that focuses on Melbourne’s unique inner-west suburb of Footscray.
After two years of holding Picturing Footscray virtually, 2022 will see the return of a physical exhibition held at the Connectivity Centre in the NFH Jobs Hub from 13 October - 11 November 2022.
The Plenary Health consortium, delivering the new Footscray Hospital in partnership with the Victorian Government and Western Health, is proud to sponsor first prize. The Connectivity Centre is sponsoring this year’s People’s Choice Award.
Enter the Picturing Footscray photography prize
The beloved competition is back for the seventh year running with more than $5,000 in prizes available. Photographers of all capabilities are invited to enter.
In the lead-up to NAIDOC Week, a smoking ceremony was held on the site of the new Footscray Hospital. It included a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Ringo Terrick and a performance by the Koori Youth Will Shake Spears dance group.
The construction workforce observed the ceremony and were joined by senior representatives from Australian Government and project partners from Victorian Government, Maribyrnong City Council, Western Health, Plenary Health and Multiplex.
Footscray Community Arts has been announced as official arts partner for the new hospital and will commission local artists to create a welcoming space for patients, staff and visitors.
Footscray Community Arts Artistic Director, Daniel Santangeli, said: 'As one of Australia’s leading community arts centres, we’re looking forward to bringing together local artists and their work to help create inclusive, safe and sustainable spaces within the new hospital.'
Art has been considered as part of the hospital design to deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes and will include standalone works and immersive art forms in external and internal spaces.
Plenary Health New Footscray Hospital Project Chair, Kelvyn Lavelle, said: 'Footscray Community Arts is an important part of the cultural fabric in the west and with their 50-year legacy, they are the perfect arts partner for the new hospital,' Mr Lavelle said.
The new partnership is already working on a ‘Faces of Footscray’ community photography series that will utilise the site’s expansive hoarding.
Linda Pocock, Nurse unit manager - 3 East
A career in caring was always on the cards for Linda Pocock.
As a child, she vividly recalls the satisfaction she got from looking after her sick grandparents.
'Being a nurse is all I ever wanted to do,' Linda says.
'I absolutely love it. Being able to help people and see them get better… it’s a real privilege and a passion.'
Linda began her nursing career in 1984. She was a newlywed when she left her Warrnambool home, destined for Footscray Hospital.
In the almost four decades since, Linda has worked in a variety of nursing roles at Footscray Hospital. She has also tapped into the broader Western Health network, including gaining experience working as an Acting Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM) at Sunshine and Williamstown hospitals.
For the past five years, Linda has led the team as 3 East Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) at Footscray Hospital.
'I drive past another hospital every single day to come and work here,' Linda says.
'I know so many people so when I walk down the corridor, it’s so lovely to hear people say: ‘Good morning, Linda’'.
'I love working at Footscray, it is a bit like a family.'
The benefits of the new Footscray Hospital are reaching further than the construction site, with community partnerships supporting the growing western suburbs more broadly.
Plenary Health, delivering the hospital in partnership with the Victorian Government and Western Health, have announced five-year partnerships with both Youth Junction and the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation (WBCF) programs.
Youth Junction’s Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma (P.A.R.T.Y) Program aims to help people aged 19 - 25 in the west understand risks, choices and consequences associated with unsafe driving, drinking and other risky behaviours.
The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation (WBCF) and Plenary Health have joined forces to support the Youth Leadership Project - a development program for young people aged 14 to 16 living across the west of Melbourne and Victoria.
Construction timeline – onsite works lookahead
August 2022 Installation of v-columns at hospital entries on Geelong and Ballarat Roads Stormwater works on Federal and Tiernan Streets continue. Level 1 of the main hospital building superstructure to begin.Installation of v-columns at hospital entries on Geelong and Ballarat Roads Stormwater works on Federal and Tiernan Streets continue. Level 1 of the main hospital building superstructure to begin.
September 2022 Level 2 of the main hospital building superstructure and removal of basement formwork to begin. Topping out of Federal Street, Tiernan Street and Victoria University Buildings.Level 2 of the main hospital building superstructure and removal of basement formwork to begin. Topping out of Federal Street, Tiernan Street and Victoria University Buildings.
October 2022 Level 3 of the main hospital building superstructure to begin.Level 3 of the main hospital building superstructure to begin.
November 2022 Superstructure concrete works continue.Superstructure concrete works continue.
Did you know?
In 1983, the nurses home at the existing Footscray Hospital was renamed the Mavis Mitchell nurses home, in memory of the hospital’s first matron, Mavis J Mitchell. The late Mavis Mitchell is currently honoured through the Mavis Mitchell Memorial Scholarship and the Mavis Mitchell Room at Footscray Hospital, acknowledging her commitment to nurse education and leadership. If you look up at the crane skyline you’ll spot Mavis recognised with her name on one of the ten tower cranes on the new Footscray Hospital site.
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Last updated: 23 August 2022