Designs released and builder appointed for Thomas Embling Hospital upgrade
We’ve appointed a builder and released a first look at designs for the $462.5 million Thomas Embling Hospital expansion.
The artist impressions reveal the new exterior from Yarra Bend Road. They also offer a look at the internal fit-outs including the entrance area and bedrooms.
Designed by Guymer Bailey Architects, the images showcase a world-class forensic mental health facility designed to provide secure and contemporary models of care with a focus on recovery.
John Holland has been appointed to deliver the landmark project.
The expansion will include:
- a new dedicated 34-bed women’s precinct
- a 48-bed medium security men’s facility
- a new entry complex
- onsite carpark
- clinical administration facilities.
Co-design at its heart
We’ve released a co-design and engagement report, which showcases how co-design with people with lived experience of mental ill-health is at the heart of the expansion.
The project team undertook a comprehensive co-design and engagement process. This ensured people with lived experience of mental ill-health, staff and key stakeholders could help shape the planning and design of the upgraded hospital and ensure their design needs are met.
The report fulfills a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.
The co-design and engagement process was led by Forensicare, in partnership with the Victorian Health Building Authority. The process is detailed in the co-design and engagement report.
About the Thomas Embling Hospital expansion
The upgrade and expansion of the Thomas Embling Hospital will:
- reduce wait times for mental health assessment and treatment
- support the rehabilitation and recovery of patients in a safe and therapeutic environment
- reduce incidents of mental health deterioration and self-harm
- increase access to services for female patients.
Site preparation works are expected to kick off in the coming weeks. Major construction is on-track to begin by the end of 2022.
Learn more about the Thomas Embling Hospital expansion via our dedicated project page.
Last updated: 27 October 2022
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