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The designs of the new Footscray Hospital have been revealed, marking the beginning of the biggest health infrastructure project in Victorian history.
The $1.5 billion hospital project is set to employ over 2,000 people during construction, with more than 90 per cent of materials, services and equipment sourced locally, as part of the state government’s ‘Victoria’s Big Build’ initiative.
The new Footscray hospital, which will have a capacity of 500 beds and replace the current hospital on Gordon street, is set to open in 2025, and will provide access to more than 15,000 additional patients per year.
The design includes ample green space to create a welcoming atmosphere for patients and families, as well as wards with the ability to adapt and become pandemic-proof.
The building’s design has a strong sustainability focus, with the view to support Victoria’s goal of reaching a net zero economy by 2050.
The first sod was turned on the site on Friday by Health Minister Martin Foley, who said “this bigger and better hospital will cut waiting times and take pressure off other Melbourne hospitals, so patients in Melbourne’s west can get the world-class care they need faster and closer to home.”
Multiplex is the lead builder for the project, in a consortium with Plenary Group, continuing the strong Public-Private partnership (PPP) construction portfolio for Plenary.
The PPP will see all clinical services provided by Western Health, with Plenary Health contracted by the Victorian Government to finance, design, construct and maintain the hospital for 25 years following completion of construction.
The Plenary Health consortium achieved financial close on the project earlier this month. Plenary Chief Investment Officer Paul Crowe said “we look forward to working closely with the Victorian Government and Western Health to deliver this much-needed and critical piece of health infrastructure.”
Under the government’s Big Build Apprenticeship program, 1,500 apprentice and traineeship opportunities will be available across Victoria each year, with opportunities to work on the Footscray Hospital.
Minister for Training and Skills Gail Tierney said “the Big Build Apprenticeships program makes it possible for local apprentices to work on the new Footscray Hospital and other exciting projects across Victoria – a contribution they can be proud of for years to come.”
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