Hospitals 28 February 2024

Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment a step closer

The Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment is a step closer, with the central energy plant and support services (CEPSS) building reaching its maximum height.

The six-storey building has officially 'topped out'. This is a significant milestone for stage two of the massive $595 million redevelopment.

The new building will provide power, heating, and cooling to the hospital, including backup power during disruptions. It will also house a state-of-the-art pharmacy, pathology services and an education and learning centre for Grampians Health, and Deakin Rural Clinical School.

Works on the CEPSS building will now focus on the internal fit out and facade. It is expected to be complete at the end of this year.

Main works, including the multi-level tower and new emergency department, are set to get underway soon.

Ballarat Base Hospital reaches its maximum height

Text on screen: Ballarat Base Hospital’s six-storey central energy plant and support services building has ‘topped out’

Images: Aerial view of the hospital amongst its surrounding suburbs, followed by time lapse footage of the central energy plant and support services building under construction

Text on screen: Once complete, the new building will supply power, heating and cooling to the hospital and house a state-of-the-art pharmacy, pathology services and an education and learning centre

Images: time lapse footage of construction work on the final level of the new building followed by an aerial view of Ballarat seen from Lake Wendouree

Text on screen: A builder has been appointed to deliver the next stage of the redevelopment, with main works starting soon

Images: artist impressions of the future hospital redevelopment seen from the carpark and of the main entrance

Text on screen: The redevelopment will deliver a new multi-level hospital tower, new emergency department, more beds and more theatres

Images: sweeping aerial view of the hospital, followed by an artist impression of the future redevelopment

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

Images: an aerial view of Ballarat seen from Lake Wendouree

Images: 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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Construction activity

To date, stage two of the redevelopment has seen:

  • more than 125,000 combined hours of work
  • a peak workforce of over 100 people.

The Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment is providing a significant boost to the local economy. To date, over $4.7 million has been spent during stage two on labour and materials sourced from the Central Highlands region.

Stage three

Built has been appointed to deliver the final stage of the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment. Stage three will deliver the new multi-level tower featuring:

  • a new ground floor emergency department
  • a women's and children's hub
  • a world-class theatre suite
  • extra 100 inpatient and short-stay beds
  • a new helipad.

Construction of the new tower is expected to start mid-2024 and be completed in 2027.

Continued care at Ballarat Base Hospital

There will be minimal 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. Once complete, the redevelopment will deliver world-class healthcare facilities for families living in Ballarat and surrounding communities.

Visit our dedicated project page to learn more about the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.

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Last updated: 28 February 2024