Hospitals 27 March 2021

Introducing your new Footscray Hospital

Construction of the $1.5 billion new Footscray Hospital is now underway, with designs for the hospital’s striking exteriors, expansive green spaces and street entries also released.

The new hospital will be operated by Western Health. It will treat almost 15,000 more patients and allow almost 20,000 extra people to be seen the emergency department each year. There will also be a significant increase in mental health beds and more outpatient, palliative care and surgical services.

The new ‘People’s Hospital’ for the west will be a community asset and include:

  • childcare
  • gymnasium
  • pharmacy
  • general practice facilities
  • community health facilities
  • cafes
  • retail and office spaces.

The designs reveal the hospital’s striking exteriors, street entries and green spaces. These have been carefully considered to create a welcoming atmosphere for patients, families and staff.

Additionally, the site has provided a unique and exciting opportunity to create a leading health and education precinct.

As part of the project, staff and students at Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus will have a direct connection to the new hospital via a footbridge over Ballarat Road, where Victoria University will have dedicated education and research facilities.

The project is the largest health infrastructure development in Victoria’s history.

Introducing your new Footscray Hospital

IMAGES: Aerial shots of the new Footscray Hospital 3D artist impression are seen placed within the site amid surrounding arterial roads and houses

Text on screen: Introducing your new Footscray Hospital!

IMAGES: we move across the front of the artist impression, where ‘Emergency Department entrance’ and ‘Main entrance’ are sign posted

IMAGES: we follow a car driving up the entrance ramp of the hospital, then a series of artist impression montages of the main reception area; ‘Hospital Street’, an enclosed walkway containing cafes and other facilities; and the ‘Village Green’, a large open park in the centre of the hospital campus.

Text on screen: Your new Footscray Hospital – set to open in 2025

IMAGES: we see the artist designed new hospital from a high aerial perspective, at dusk

A screen displays partnership logos and text ‘In partnership with Western Health (logo) Plenary Health (logo)

End frame of Victorian Health Building Authority logo and web address

About the new Footscray Hospital development

Located on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads, the new Footscray Hospital will support the increasing demand from Melbourne’s booming western suburbs, ensuring families can get the care they need close to home.

Set to open in 2025, the new Footscray Hospital is the largest ever health infrastructure investment in Victoria. It will be delivered by the Plenary Health consortium in partnership with our project team and Western Health.

Once operational, it will provide:

  • more than 500 inpatient beds
    including same-day, multi-day, critical care, sub-acute, drug and alcohol, and mental health services
  • acute facilities
    including an emergency department, and mental health and alcohol and other drugs hub
  • specialist facilities
    including cardiovascular/angiographic, operating theatres, procedural and endoscopy spaces and associated recovery spaces
  • clinical support spaces
    including medical imaging, pharmacy, central sterile services department, outpatients, mortuary and pathology
  • car parking
    for patients, visitors, staff and other hospital users
  • teaching, training and research spaces.

Keep up to date

Opportunities to view the designs and meet the builders at community information sessions are coming soon. Find out more about the new Footscray Hospital via our dedicated project page.


A man in a wheelchair watches a video in the New Footscray Hospital virtual engagement room

Virtual engagement room

The award-winning new Footscray Hospital virtual engagement room closed on 31 May 2022.

The accessible version of the virtual engagement room continues to be available on our website.

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