Hospitals 29 March 2023

Parking boost for Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment

An extra 400 car parking spaces will be delivered as part of the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.

Work to significantly expand the hospital’s multi-deck car park will get underway this year, bringing the total number of hospital car parks to around 800 when the redevelopment is complete.

The car park expansion is part of a $54 million package of works that also includes temporarily relocating the current helipad landing zone. A new helipad will form part of stage three of the redevelopment, where it will be positioned on top of the new multi-level tower.

Car parking was identified as a key priority for hospital users, with more than 1000 pieces of feedback gathered from the community to help shape the design of the redevelopment.

The extra car parks are being delivered as part of Regional Development Victoria’s commitment to provide an extra 1,000 car parks in Ballarat through the Regional Car Parks Fund.

Making way for a new helipad

Stage three of the redevelopment includes building a new multi-storey tower, which will house the helipad. Construction will begin in 2024 and be complete in 2027. Once it’s complete, the helipad will have direct access to the emergency department and operating theatres.

While construction is underway, the helicopter flight path will be moved to Ballarat Airport or the City Oval.

Next steps

An expression of interest process will begin shortly to deliver stage three. This includes:

  • a new emergency department
  • a women’s and children’s hub
  • a state-of-the-art theatre suite
  • an extra 100 inpatient and short-stay beds.

The redevelopment is currently in stage two. This includes the construction of the new central energy plant and support services building on Drummond Street. Construction started this year and is being delivered by John Holland. It is supporting more than 170 construction jobs and will be completed in late 2024.

You can learn more about the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment via our dedicated project page.

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Last updated: 29 March 2023