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Hospitals 08 July 2024

Ballarat Base Hospital enters final stage of construction

Construction of the final stage of the $655 million Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment is now underway.

The final stage is being delivered by Built and includes construction of a new multi-level hospital tower and a new main entrance on Sturt Street.

The new tower will feature:

  • a new emergency department
  • a mental health, alcohol, and other drugs hub
  • a women and children's hub
  • a state-of-the-art operating theatre suite
  • an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds.

The site will transform over the next 12 months, starting with piling works, excavation, and demolition works later this year to prepare the site for the new tower.

In this video, watch a simulation of the new hospital tower being built.

[Text on screen: Construction on the final stage of the $655 million Ballarat Base Hospital is getting underway]

[Images: Aerial views of the hospital]

[Text on screen: Main works will transform the hospital with a new entrance on Sturt Street, and a new multi-level hospital tower featuring]

[Images: An animation of timelapse construction footage]

[Text on screen: 
- a new emergency department
- a women and children's hub]

[Images: Artist impression of the interior entrance]

[Text on screen: 
- a state-of-the-art operating theatre suite
- an additional 100 inpatient and short stay beds]

[Images: Artist impression of the hospital]

[Text on screen: Your bigger, better Ballarat Base Hospital is on track to be completed in 2027]

[Images: Aerial views of the hospital, and the city of Ballarat]

[Images: A white transition screen displays the text 'In partnership with' and the Grampians Health logo. A sliding transition screen then displays the Victorian Health Building Authority and Victoria State Government logos and the url vhba.vic.gov.au]

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Social procurement

The main works will support up to 480 jobs during peak construction, providing a major economic boost to the region. The new tower will be built using at least 90 per cent local building materials, with a focus on supporting social enterprises and First Nations businesses.

Construction progress

Stage two of the redevelopment included delivery of an expanded multi-deck carpark which will provide an extra 400 spaces. It also included the hospital's new central energy plant and support services (CEPSS) building. The upgraded carpark is expected to open in August this year. The CEPSS is on track for completion by the end of the year.

Your bigger and better Ballarat Base Hospital

The Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment received an extra $60 million funding in the 2024-2025 State Budget. This includes $54.6 million to deliver a fitted-out and expanded women's and children's hub and an extra $5.4 million to deliver the emergency department's mental health, alcohol, and other drugs hub.

Once complete, the redeveloped Ballarat Base Hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients per year.

Learn more about the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.

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